A new authentic Italian restaurant opens in Houston: Davanti.

Congratulations to longtime IACC member chef Roberto Crescini (below, left) and his business partner and veteran Houston restaurateur, Francisco Calza (right), for the launch of their new restaurant Davanti!

The restaurant officially opened its doors earlier this week.

“Located near Central Market at 2900 Weslayan St.,” writes restaurant editor Eric Sandler for the popular lifestyle magazine CultureMap, “Davanti will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu built around Crescini’s freshly made pastas that diners can combine with different sauces and proteins. Other menu items will include pizzas and Italian desserts like tiramisu. Italian wines and craft beers from both Europe and America will anchor the beverage program.”

Chef Roberto has a wide following of fans who loved his housemade pastas at his previous Houston-area restaurant. Calza, known fondly as Paco, has worked in the highest levels of the Houston restaurant scene and is the creative force behind one of its most celebrated Spanish restaurants.

Chef Roberto, Houston wouldn’t be the same without you! We are all looking forward to enjoying Davanti!