Rosalie Italian soul by doing C. Baldwin Hotel at 400 Dallas initially opened with a celebrity chef Chris Cosentino run the menu. The casually elegant, 1970s-style Italian-American restaurant named after Cosentino’s grandmother was temporarily closed in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will finally reopen on Wednesday, September 15th, but with a new chef to be replaced Sasha Grumman, who starred in season 18 of the reality contest series Top Chef. However, the new chef has a Houston pedigree and experience of a popular local restaurant.
Chef and author Chris Cosentino. Photo by Mark Mediana.
Jacob Coronado, former head chef at Nobie’s, takes on the role. Coronado’s other executive chef experience includes 8UP in Louisville, Kentucky, and he was the sous chef at Quince in Evanston, Illinois.
The new head chef at Rosalie Italian Soul, Jacob Coronado. Courtesy photo.
Cosentino seems to support change and continues to lead Rosalie as a creator in some ways. In fact, Cosentino is currently in Houston to oversee the reopening. “I’m incredibly excited about the reopening of Rosalie Italian Soul,” Cosentino said in a press release. “The food at Rosalie represents immigrant cuisine in America, and as an Italian-American descendant of immigrants, I care deeply about these dishes and the stories they tell. I can’t wait to work with Jacob to tell these stories again to the guests in Houston. “
With the change of kitchen management comes a refreshed menu – but with some important quality standards. Pasta and pizza continue to be made on site and inspiration continues to draw from Cosentino’s heritage and family recipes. Certain popular appetizers also remain, including arancini, Crunchy calamari and Great-grandma’s meatballs. On the hearty side, starters are like a hearty one 24 ounces ribeye on the bone, Snapper with wild mushrooms, capers and rocket, and Hanger steak served “pizzaiolo-style” with cherry peppers and tomatoes. Recurring main courses include Texas-meets-Italy favorites like fresh rigatoni with Texas wild boar ragout, Blue crab arm warmers with local blue crab and Forest mushroom pizza with mozzarella and pecorino cheese. The restaurant is also expanding its to-go and catering offer.
Another new addition to Rosalie is the new Food and Beverage Director David Tinsleywho joined in May and has seven years of experience in a similar role at Marriott. On the drinks side, the highlights of the cocktail menu are one of the highlights Negroni on tap and creative matters like Away with the gin with Bombay Sapphire gin, matcha syrup, lemon and club soda, and The Dalai Mama, with Tito’s Vodka, St-Germain, lemon, butterfly pea blossom and peach bitters.
For other personnel changes Annie Balest, the inaugural general manager who came from late restaurateur Tony Vallone’s prestigious gourmet restaurant Tony’s, is no longer with Rosalie. According to a representative, there is currently no formal position as general manager.
The 1970s style interior of Rosalie was designed by Rohe Creative. Photo by Will Pryce.
From Wednesday September 14th, Rosalie Italian Soul will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner Parking. Reservations can be made online.
Editor’s note: We originally mistakenly identified Chris Cosentino’s title as Rosalie Italian Soul. It is and always has been a “creator”. We regret the mistake.
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