Modern Italian restaurant Concura opens in River Oaks


Assortment of dishes at Concura Italian Bites, a contemporary Italian restaurant open at 4340 Westheimer. Photo: Matthew Rood

Concura Italian Bites, a new restaurant promising upscale Italian cuisine and design, will debut with great care when it opens later this summer in River Oaks.

In fact, Concura, 4340 Westheimer, means ‘with care’ in Italian, according to owner Jessica Biondi who has had the dream of opening a contemporary Italian restaurant in Houston for nearly a decade.

“I searched for the perfect space for years,” said Biondi, Italian fashion and design consultant. “You will see once you enter the restaurant, but the intimate atmosphere will be unique to us. From the seating arrangement to how you can interact with the kitchen – everything. I was not prepared to cut back on what some might consider small details.

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These details include a collection of furniture and a kitchen dedicated to contemporary Italian dishes as well as an extensive list of Italian wines and Italian-inspired cocktails.

The kitchen will be under the direction of Chef Angelo Cuppone, who, like Biondi, hails from the Italian region of Marche, in particular from the town of Fano on the Adriatic coast. The menu will include a variety of presentations of tartars and cold cuts, veal tonnato, carbonara di pesce, tomato and bread soup, and octopus and potato with olives. When the restaurant opens, it will begin with dinner service only.

“Think of Concura as a place where you come to get together with friends. The welcoming atmosphere will make you feel comfortable and at home, ”said Biondi. “Eat, drink and smell Italiano – that’s our motto.”

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    Greg Morago was editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as a food editor in 2009. He writes on food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty. . He is originally from Arizona and a member of the Pima tribe of the Gila River Indian community.


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