Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio of Hawthorn Makes His Own Pastas, Sausages and Pie Crust

    This is last part of a three-part chef chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we chatted with Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio, the executive chef and partner at Hawthorn in Upper Kirby, a restaurant that is literally a hidden gem because its phy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio, on Honoring His Mother, and Selling His House and Harley to Finance the Restaurant He Named After Her

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Parts two and three will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. What's in a name? For Hawthorn's Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio, it's a reflection of his heritage, his family, a symbol of honor and respect. Granted, the name doesn't roll off t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Whataburger and H-E-B Just Made Your Day

    Houstonia: The absolute worst news of the week comes to us from Robb Walsh, who writes in Houstonia's Gastronaut food blog that the cozy little Olde Towne Kolaches in Memorial has baked its last poppyseed kolache. No word on why the bakery closed, but the original location on 12037 Northwest Freeway ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 6, 2012

    Uncommonly Keen

    The 10 best restaurants in the Upper Kirby district.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Tequila Tragedies and the Three Faces of Saba

    Eat My Words: Talk about unfortunate timing... Texas Monthly's Patricia Sharpe had a terrific interview with chef David Guerrero of Samba Grille in which the chef discussed his brain cancer, Houston attitudes toward Peruvian flavors and learning to taste again after a stroke. ...and then Samba Grill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Adieu, Chez Roux et Bonjour, L'Olivier

    When one French door closes, another opens. Case in point: L'Olivier, the much anticipated restaurant from former Tony's executive chef Olivier Ciesielski, had its soft opening last night. At the same time, news hit that Chez Roux -- the fine dining destination restaurant at La Toretta del Lago's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Openings & Closings: January 2012

    After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2011

    Greatfully Delicious

    The owner is eccentric and the tacos fabulous at this laid-back new spot.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    First Look at Greatfull Taco

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe Viola Lee, with fried green tomatoes.​Yes, Paul West is a little eccentric. But looking around his newly opened restaurant, Greatfull Taco, on a sunny Saturday morning, it was evident that any eccentricities were clearly and charmingly manifested in the bright c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Self-Described "Elitist" "Asshole" Opening a Restaurant

    ​Until last Friday, I thought that the press release I received last year for "the greatest penis shaped muffin restaurant" in Houston was the strangest piece of PR material to cross my desk. That was before Paul West. That was before Greatfull Taco. West is perhaps best known to our readers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by mlsnpOishii's "open" sign will be lit again soon.​This week saw two big closings, one big opening and some scares for fans of sushi and wine. First things first: Oishii (3764 Richmond, 713-621-8628) is not closed. The same dead-eyed panic sets in every year when the owners take a bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    R.I.P.: A Toast to the Restaurants We'll Miss the Most

    Photo by Robb WalshAlas! No more salchi-burgers from Brisa Cocina Mexicana.​While toasts are usually reserved for happier events or for New Year's Eve, we thought it appropriate to toast the dearly departed restaurants which closed this past year, wishing those who had to close them future suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    The Most Disappointing Restaurant Openings of 2010

    Gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes accompanied news that we'd no longer be able to enjoy Sabetta's homemade sausage and peppers.​This week, we start our countdown of 2010 restaurant openings and closings, counting down the restaurants that opened in 2010 after great advance buzz only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Kitchen with a Revolving Door

    ​Simposio chef Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio has resigned after three months on the job. Manager Roberto Militello says Simposio will continue with its existing kitchen staff for now and that owner Vasco Luti may look for a new chef after the first of the year. When I reviewed Simposio in January o ... More >>