Address: 1130 S. Casino Center
Hours: Open for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
The Arts District lands a new Italian restaurant when Esther’s Kitchen opens. The dinner menu features daily pastas and breads, pizzas, and antipasti using an in-house butcher and the restaurant’s own herb garden.
Dishes include appetizers such as a yellowtail crudo for $15; gnoccho frito with parmesan cream, and prosciutto for $12; uni toast with whipped lardo and celery root for $17; and a meat cheese board for $21. Pastas include spaghetti and bianco pomodoro for $13; rigatoni carbonara with guanciale, egg yolk, and grana padana for $17; bucatini all’amatraciana for $16; and lasagna verde with spinach, chard, mushrooms, fonduta, and a basil bechamel for $21. Pizza such as a margherita for $9, lamb sausage with chopped clams for $18, and a bacon with fontina, caramelized onion, and egg for $14 are made with a sourdough crust. Main courses such as Mary’s chicken “under a brick” and panzanella budino goes for $24 while porchetta with sprouting broccoli comes in limited quantities for $25.
A weekday lunch and weekend brunch are coming soon.
The restaurant has room for 50 diners with patio seating at the front and rear opening this spring.
• Esther’s Kitchen to Bring Pasta to the Arts District [ELV]