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Chef Daniele Puleo to open Bottega Italia in Sylvan Thirty

Daniele Puleo, the chef who created Daniele Osteria near the HP bubble then sold it a few years ago, will open  Bottega Italia at Sylvan|Thirty in December, reports Bisnow. Bottega Italia will be an “Italian- and Napa Valley-inspired eatery, market, coffee, and wine bar”  with pizzas, salads, sammies, hundreds of wines, and offer cooking classes.  Bisnow says Puleo and his wife will Continue reading →


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Pie 3.14, new Castle Hills restaurant, to quietly open tonight. Here’s the menu.

Sean Connor, the barman-turned-restaurateur, says he’ll open his new Pie 3.14 pizza and beer joint in the golf neighborhood of Castle Hills tonight, then hope people trickle in slowly. With 3.14, Connor, the mixmster who infused Whiskey Cake and Mexican Sugar with some of the tastiest craft cocktails in the city, is stepping out on his first solo venture, Continue reading →


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Hot Date: $59 Kim Crawford wine dinner Tuesday at Cru in West Village

Kim Crawford (the wine company, not the winemaker) is hosting a big-deal wine dinner tomorrow, Tuesday 23 June) at Cru in the West Village. New Zealand “brand ambassador” Matthew Dellor is up from down under to toast and co-host the event. Drinks at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7. Yes, there will be kiwi sauvignon blanc and Continue reading →



Quick Bytes: Kansas City-based Spin Pizza coming to Dallas, Central Market to open two additional area stores

The pizza invasion continues, with Kansas City based Spin! Neapolitan Pizza moving into town. A tip from an EscapeHatch reader says the KC pizza chain founded in 2005 has secured a Dallas location, but the company will only allow that they are “looking” for a space. Spin! has locations in KC, Omaha and Orange County, California. Continue reading →



Giant Knife at Knife joins giant spoon at Spoon and huge fork at Ranch Las Colinas as supersize tablewear art

Supersized takes on new meaning when you consider that the term now applies to dining utensils.  A few days ago, chef John Tesar completed an oversized regional place setting when he stuck a knife in Knife, his new meatery near SMU.  A year earlier, Tesar hung a spoon on the wall at Spoon, his seafood restaurant salute to all things Continue reading →



Hot Date: Free Oregon pinot noir tasting on Sunday , June 22

If you like Oregon pinot noir and want to sample some of the best from the region, then mark Sunday, June 22 on your calendar. EscapeHatch and wine expert Jason Hisaw, formerly a sommelier at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, are partnering on a wine tasting event featuring highly allocated Oregon pinots. Hisaw, now the official “Oregon Pinot Noir Continue reading →


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