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Acclaimed chef Anthony Bombaci will fire up stove at Carso Mediterranean Grill

Acclaimed chef Anthony Bombaci will fire up stove at Carso Grill

Anthony Bombaci
Chef Anthony Bombaci is back. Photo courtesy of Hilton

Award-winning chef Anthony Bombaci, executive sous chef at the Hilton Anatole, has been promoted to the role of executive chef at the new Hilton Plano Granite Park, scheduled to open August 28.

With the opening of the Hilton Plano Granite Park, Bombaci will oversee all culinary operations at the new hotel including a full-service restaurant called Carso Mediterranean Grill and an accompanying take-out eatery called Carso Market.

"I am really looking forward to focusing on the Mediterranean cuisine I so love to cook," Bombaci said in a release. "I can’t wait for Carso to open, I think our diners are going to be very impressed by what we have planned."

Bombaci was executive chef at Nana, the predecessor restaurant to SĒR Steak + Spirits. During his time at Nana, the restaurant was named one of the Top-50 American Restaurants by Gourmet Magazine, received a “Five-Star” cuisine rating from the Dallas Morning News, “Four-Diamonds” from AAA, “Three-Stars” from the Mobil Travel Guide and earned the Wine Spectator Best of “Award of Excellence.”

In 2006, Bombaci was named one of Esquire’s “four chefs to watch.” Following his time at Nana, Bombaci was promoted to chef de cuisine and later executive sous chef at the Hilton Anatole.

"We are really proud of Anthony and are excited to see him advance in his career," said Harold Rapoza, general manager of the Hilton Anatole. “This is an exciting opportunity for him to be in charge of his own hotel, and I am looking forward to seeing what he is able to bring to the burgeoning culinary scene in Plano.”

Located at the intersection of the Sam Rayburn Tollway (S.H. 121) and the Dallas North Tollway, the 262,500-square-foot Hilton Plano Granite Park will include 299 luxury rooms and 35,000 square feet of conference space. In addition to Carso Mediterranean Grill and Carso Market, the hotel will feature a large bar area, a retail shop, a fitness center and an outdoor pool and lounge. A pedestrian boardwalk along the complex’s central water feature connects the hotel to its conference center and surrounding office buildings.

“I could not be more pleased to welcome Chef Bombaci to the Hilton Plano Granite Park team,” said Saundra Goldman, general manager of the Hilton Plano Granite Park. “Anthony’s background developing his unique brand of Mediterranean cuisine in Europe is a perfect fit for the world-class restaurant we intend to open at our new hotel.”

Located in the master-planned Granite Park community at the Sam Rayburn and Dallas North Tollways in Plano, Texas, the full-service Hilton Plano Granite Park hotel is scheduled to open late-summer of 2014.

Food and beverage outlets include Carso Mediterranean Grill, a full-service restaurant and Carso Market, offering freshly-prepared grab and go items.