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Elegant new Paradiso restaurant opens in Bishop Arts in A-list style

Elegant new Paradiso restaurant opens in Bishop Arts in A-list style

Elegant dish for an elegant new restaurant. Photo courtesy of Paradiso

A new restaurant will open softly in Bishop Arts. Paradiso is a coastal, southern European-inspired restaurant opening at 308 N. Bishop Ave., and the latest concept from Exxir Hospitality, a collaboration between the Nazerian family and COO Jeremy Hargrove.

According to a release, the restaurant will open on August 23 and will be taking limited reservations for several weeks.

Other Exxir Hospitality concepts include Botanist, Good Companions, and Tejas. All feature executive chef Nick Hurry at the helm.

The decor is described as an airy, greenhouse-inspired space. The menu features light apps pushed around on bar carts, sort of dim sum-style. Items include:

  • shoulder porchetta with salsa verde
  • toasted fregola with Italian sausage and manila clams
  • fried baby artichoke hearts
  • seasonal salads
  • house-made pastas
  • wood-fired pizzas
  • grilled branzino
  • pork chops
  • bavette

That all sounds pretty Italian. Reservations can now be made at

Apparently, the restaurant held a private party on August 16, where friends and family were invited to break bread and toast the opening with a private dinner party. Sounds divine.

The select menu included angel hair pasta, cacio e pepe, seared salmon, grilled bavette, an "Eton mess" — meringue cake with cream and berries — peach semolina cake, and a signature Paradiso Soda made with gin, Strega, passionfruit, mint, and Topo Chico.

Let's roll out the bold-faced type. Guests included District 1 city councilman Chad West and partner Brian Bleeker, Angela Hunt, Jose owners Brady and Megan Wood, Lisa and John Runyon, Peter Lynch, Adam and Carolina Rodman, the Nazerian family — Farrokh and Sally Nazerian, Michael Nazerian, Natasha Nazerian and husband Mitchell Yoshida — and local Bishop Arts business owners, including Brenton Phillips and Hailey Nutt of Tribal All-Day Cafe, Claire Asmann and Noah Villalobos of Black Swan Yoga, and Andy and Suzy de la Fuente of Azucar.

After dinner, guests headed into the garden and adjoining cocktail lounge, Botanist, to continue the celebrations. Sounds like a dream, especially for those who were invited.