B.B. Italia and B.B. Pizza, the new concepts from Berg Hospitality Group inside the old Carmelo's space, will be opening on Thursday. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant has a 100-seat dining room, a horseshoe-shaped bar, and a boxwood-lined outdoor patio, along with six semi-private and private rooms.
The kitchen is run by executive chef and partner Daniel Berg. For dinner, he'll feature homemade pasta dishes, and plates of veal, chicken, beef, pork, and fish. At lunch, add on Italian hero sandwiches. Plus, both services will get pizza from B.B. Pizza, the New York-style spot inside the restaurant. The pizzeria—also offering calzones and subs—will be open for pickup, with delivery coming soon.
To drink, B.B Italia features an Italian wine list from sommelier Lexey Johnson, along with Italian-focused cocktails from Monique Cioffi-Hernandez. The restaurant will launch a weekend brunch menu and happy hour after a few weeks.
Last Wednesday, some of the city's top culinary talents helped raise $45,000 for Camp H-Town, a camp for pediatric cancer patients ages 9-12, as part of the second annual Celebrity H-Town Chefs Against Cancer event.
Participating chefs included Chris Shepherd, Alex Padilla of The Original Ninfa's on Navigation, Jonny Rhodes of Indigo, Drake Leonards of Eunice, Domnick Lee of Poitín, and Levi Goode of Goode Co., plus 11 more, who cooked up signature dishes from their restaurants.
Meanwhile, last Thursday, more than 40 Houston-area restaurants took part in Dining Out For Life. For the annual one-day event, participating restaurants donate a portion of their sales to AIDS Foundation Houston.