The transformation of Monica Fallone and Luis Mancera's Borgo Food Station is complete. The eatery at 3641 West Alabama in Upper Kirby is now called Mina Ristorante, offering Italian food with plenty of house-made items, and will open Monday, April 8.
Fallone and Mancera, who are married, announced in February the decision to end Borgo, a market known for its to-go items, and move ahead with a more classic sit-down experience (though lunch will be much more relaxed, with counter service). Fallone, the chef at Mina Ristorante, says she hopes to share with diners experiences that are rooted in her past.
“I have always created spaces where I can present my Italian family’s traditional recipes to friends and restaurant-goers that love to eat. Each dish tells a story, a heartwarming anecdote and a special historical mention,” said Fallone in a release. “For me this is the best way to connect with my family’s Italian roots and introduce it to all who fill my restaurant.”
The name pays homage to 1960s-era Italian pop singer Anna Maria Mazzini, more popularly known as Mina. As for the menu, the counter-service lunch will include sandwiches, chicken dishes, lunch bowls, roasted veggies, and lasagna Bolognese. Dinner will be full service and include antipasta (brie with crostini, shrimp Parmigana, puff mushroom crostata), salads, and entrées like salmon steak with quinoa and cauliflower sauce; chicken marsala with pan-seared scaloppini; and homemade pasta dishes (linguini, tortelli, ravioli).
Look for a selection of Italian wines that can be purchased to take home, as well.
Designed by Erin Hicks, the 2,000-square-foot space will seat 50 between the main dining room and bar. Patio space is also available.
Mina will be open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, then 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour at the bar and on the patio will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.