Davanti Ristorante, an Italian restaurant, opened July 6 at 2900 Weslayan St., Ste. A, Houston.

Chef Roberto Crescini and partner Francisco “Paco” Calza are the masterminds behind the new concept. According to a press release, the two met a few years ago while Crescini was working at Fresco Café Italiano—where Calza ate the “best pasta” he had ever had.

Eventually—after multiple discussions of their shared love for high-quality European ingredients, a period during which Crescini almost left Houston—the restaurant was brought to fruition. Davanti means “front" or "forward” and stands for the next chapter for Crescini and Calza, according to the release.

The counter-service restaurant will offer traditional Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner along with takeout options.

Antipasti dishes include burrata cheese with parma prosciutto and bruschetta; bresaola della valtellina con Parmigiano, cured beef imported from Italy with gorgonzola and ricotta cream; and grilled Mediterranean octopus with caponata sauce.

As for entrees, guests can choose from lasagna bolognese, sauteed chicken marengo, eggplant Parmigiana, tagliatelle with lamb sauce and a variety of romana-style pizzas. According to the release, all pasta will be made from scratch.

Those who dine in will be able to create their own pasta by choosing the type of pasta, a sauce and a protein.

“We will work to have a warm, courteous and efficient service while at the same time offer the best beer and wine pairings for Roberto’s cuisine,” Calza said in a statement.

281-888-220. www.davantiristorante.com