New Italian restaurant from big name chef shows lots of promise

Sep 08, 2013 2471

by Eric Sandler

After a week of previews with friends and family services, Osteria Mazzantini has officially opened. Developed by Mockingbird Bistro chef/owner John Sheely in tribute to his mother's Italian heritage, Mazzantini is an upscale casual restaurant along the lines of Ciao Bello and Coppa Ristorante.

Inside the attractive room located at the new BBVA Compass Plaza on Post Oak Boulevard, Edison bulbs glow over comfortable chairs that prove perfect for a long, relaxed meal. Out front, the expansive patio should be a happy hour hotspot once the weather begins to cool. For now, the bar takes up a sizable portion of the restaurant, and there are already $5 happy hour specials nightly from 5 until 7 p.m.

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