Reed Clemons has a new restaurant called The Grove on 2244, just north of Loop 360. I think this one might be a winner for him. He's been hit pretty hard lately with closures of Reed's Jazz & Supper Club and Capitol Brasserie, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience last Friday at this new place. I have to admit I'm a total sucker for a good patio, and he's got a great one out back of this Italian place that reminds one a little of one of Clemon's other ventures, Mezzaluna.
I tried the bruschetta as an appetizer, and it was probably the best part of the meal. They have a small menu of bruschetta (10 or so), and you pick three, all served on a wood carving board. I then had the curried butternut squash soup, followed by farfalle with shrimp, scallions and jalapenos. The soup was delicious, although a bit thick, and the pasta was fabulous. Enjoyed every bite, and I'm only a so-so pasta fan. I usually find it too heavy. Great wine list with a good range from inexpensive to expensive, but I brought my own wine, as I usually do. $10 corkage fee. It's not in the same league with Vespaio, but I'll definitely be back. I'm really looking forward to spring and summer out on that expansive patio!