Alba Ristorante , 1080 Uptown Park Boulevard, opens October 2 for dinner at the Hotel Granduca, in time for the hotel's 15th anniversary celebrations. The hotel's owner and developer, Giorgio Borlenghi, brought in designer Kara Childress to redesign the restaurant space, creating an intimate dining room and cozy champagne bar that carries out the elegant Italian design elements seen throughout the hotel itself.
Those elements include a bar and doors from an 18th century French chateau and a hand-painted 19th century antique tapestry panel. The painted ceiling in the dining room is also 18th century and comes from a house in Naples, Italy. Throughout the hotel and restaurant, guests will find prints from Slim Aarons, the late American photographer known for his photographs of movie stars, aristocrats, celebrities and socialites doing what the well-heeled do.
The interior of Alba welcomes guests for an evening of elegance.> Photo by Local Creative Solutions"> click to enlarge The interior of Alba welcomes guests for an evening of elegance. Photo by Local Creative Solutions And guests at Alba will feel part of the jet-set with the hospitality of an Old World European restaurant awaiting them at either entrance. Guests at the hotel can enter from the hotel itself through the champagne bar while dinner patrons may enter through the new side entrance to the restaurant itself. There is valet and self-parking available.
The hotel's executive chef, Maurizio Ferrarese is a native-born Italian who has called Houston his home for the past eleven years, along with his wife and four children. Having worked all over the world, Ferrarese is wowing diners at both of the hotel's restaurants, the new Alba and Il Giardino, the hotel's all day dining spot.
Chilean Sea Bass gets the Ferrarase touch.> Photo by Local Creative Services"> click to enlarge Chilean Sea Bass gets the Ferrarase touch. Photo by Local Creative Services The menu at Alba includes snacks like caviar, Snow Crab Claws with pistachio vinaigrette and Sliced Wild Boar Lanzino. Guests can enjoy them in the champagne bar while waiting for a table or just enjoying an intimate conversation. In the dining room, Chilean Sea Bass and Ferrarese's special Acquerello Risotto with Barolo and Truffle will transport guests to an Italian villa dining room.
Cocktails are a perfect way to begin the evening and Alba has the signature Giorgio's Negroni, Borlenghi's take on the traditional Negroni cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Campari and Martini and Rossi red vermouth. There's also champagne cocktails like Alba Kiss, a coupe of vanilla bean-infused Barolo grappa and bubbles.
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