Chef Chat, Part 3: Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio of Hawthorn Makes His Own Pastas, Sausages and Pie Crust
This week, we chatted with Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio, the executive chef and partner at Hawthorn in Upper Kirby, a restaurant that is literally a hidden gem because its physical location is hidden behind the Cafe Express on Kirby at West Main.
The restaurant itself is intimate and beautifully appointed, with rich brocade wallpaper, dark wood accents, and tufted cream-colored barstools and a polished bar evoking a 1920s-ish Great Gatsby elegance. Come here for a great cocktail or glass of wine, or bring a date here for an exquisite meal prepped and prepared by Palazzo-Giorgio himself.
Unlike larger restaurants where the chef might not work the line, the kitchen is so small that Palazzo-Giorgio is involved in all aspects of food preparation, right down to shopping for the ingredients he uses every night. Dishes are elegant without being too complicated, and where possible, he makes everything from scratch.More »