1. Tratto, Phoenix
Chris Bianco has debuted another Italian joint in Phoenix’s Town & Country section. Yet this one is more than just a repeat of its neighbor, an outpost of the chef’s artisanal pizza concept, Pizzeria Bianco. Thirty-five-seat Tratto, which opened on May 4, is Bianco’s first restaurant that won’t offer pizza, according to the Phoenix New Times. It also has a “more formal” atmosphere than its counterpart, one replete with white tablecloths and marble accents.
2. Izi, New York City
This 26-seat concept, the latest venture from BR Guest Hospitality, combines three trends of the moment—Korean fried chicken, poke and izakaya-style dining. The menu served at Izi, which opened in the former lounge of BR Guest restaurant Blue Fin, also contains sushi and beef sliders, and boasts more than 22 sake varieties, Eater reports.
3. Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen; Brooklyn, N.Y.
With the buzz around hot chicken getting even hotter, this new concept from Carla Hall is sure to make a mark on the Brooklyn dining scene when it soft opens on May 30 (the grand opening is slated for June 17). With a concession stand at the Barclays Center already up and running, the 30-seat restaurant will test diners’ taste for the concept at full scale.
4. Sherla’s Chicken & Oyster, Cleveland
Shortly after opening Mabel’s, Michael Symon announced via Facebook that he’s already hard at work on another venture. True to its name, Sherla’s Chicken and Oyster will serve a variety of oysters—prepared raw, Rockefeller or wood-grilled—as well as fried and roasted chicken, Eater says. It will replace Symon’s acclaimed restaurant Lolita, which closed in January after experiencing a fire.
5. Rider; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Serving as the on-site eatery in a Brooklyn, N.Y., performance space, the newest concept from James Beard Award winner Patrick Connolly brings vegetable-driven dishes to audience members in need of a nosh. Its menu is akin to a “greatest hits” of contemporary American cuisine, Connelly noted in a recent interview.