The Bishop Arts District’s bustling dining scene gets a boost this week with the arrival of Paradiso, the anticipated European-themed eatery that lets diners pluck upscale apps off a roving bar cart.
The pretty parlor-styled space at 308 North Bishop Avenue comes from Exxir Hospitality, a newly formed restaurant group founded by a trio of siblings that split time between Dallas and California. Paradiso is one of four new Exxir bars and restaurants rising around a central garden courtyard this summer. It joins buzzy new cocktail bar the Botanist, the first of the four new hotspots to arrive, which debuted earlier this month.
Chef Nick Hurry, who worked at now-shuttered Misery Loves Company restaurant Proof & Pantry, teamed up with partner Jeremy Hargrove to man the new culinary cluster that also includes coffee shop and natural wine bar Good Companions.
Along with small plates options rolled around on a bar cart — think shoulder porchetta with salsa verde, toasted fregola with Italian sausage, and manila clams and fried baby artichoke hearts — Paradiso’s menu includes seasonal salads, housemade pastas (cacio e pepe and chilled angel hair), wood-fired pizzas, grilled branzino, and pork chops.