New kid on the block, North Italia was rocking over the weekend as A-listers poured in for pre-opening feasts. Three beefy NFL players joined the throng — Houston Texans Brooks Reed and his former teammates Owen Daniels and T.J. Yates.
Executive chef Jonathan Wills, a 32-year-old native of New Hampshire, and his kitchen staff had their hands full as they put their best food forward for guests such as Lynn Wyatt, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Karen and Mike Mayell and former NFL great Chester Pitts.
TV news stars were in the mix including KHOU Channel 11 meteorologist Chita Johnson, KTRK Channel 13 news ace Miya Shay, KTRK traffic anchor Katherine Whaley and retired KHOU reporter Courtney Zubowski. The real estate crowd was well represented with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty's Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss, Walter Bering and Mary Elizabeth Mecom Hahnfeld.
BLVD Place developer Ed Wulfe at a corner table in the back of the restaurant surely loved the view of the eatery packed to the rafters with notables that included The Menil Collection's Vance Muse and artist Carl Palazzolo, restaurateur Gigi Huang, Fashion Houston diva Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales, businessman Mike Plank, River Oaks District marketing director Colin Moussa and cookbook author Erin Hicks.
The restaurant officially opened today (March 3).