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January 2018- Houston

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35 "MY HOPE IS THAT PEOPLE WILL COME AS THEY ARE — WHETHER FROM A RUN ALONG BUFFALO BAYOU WITH THEIR DOG, OR TO CATCH AN EARLY OR LATE DINNER." — Sam Governale last stop at La Gamelle, owned by the Motorino Group (known for its Neapolitan pizzerias), might just cinch the trattoria- hangout status. The menu of American fare with European touches is served on vintage- inspired stemware and floral place settings. Shareable from-the-market apps range from fontina fondue ($12) to eggplant caponata with pine nuts and toasted spears of country bread ($8), as well as pizzas. I chose the south pizza with marinated ricotta, thin eggplant slices, tomato, bright herbs, and Calabrian chili atop a lightly charred and blistered crust ($13). Larger mains include the flavorsome wood-fired cioppino bianco, fish stew studded with mussels and clams, along with prawns opened in a broth of vermouth and fennel, all served on a bed Clo and Charles Cohen at the 2017 Oscars Left: Salon-style art was collected by Ashley Putman on eBay, at Round Top, and the Guild Shop. Moody dark-green wall is painted in Sherwin Williams Laurel Woods. Opposite page, from top: Wood-fired cioppino bianco prawns, mussels, clams, vermouth, tomato, fennel, pearls, and Forte cocktail with bourbon and orange zest. Vendetta Dolce with orange juice, rum, lemon, and jalapeño. Ashley Putman Sam Governale

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