Echo’s Pizza

Echo’s Pizza opened recently in Mid-City; it’s a partnership between Gavin Cady and Theresa Galli of 1000 Figs and Kate Heller of Leo’s Bread. The heart of the restaurant is a wood-burning oven that turns out eight or so different beautiful, thin-crust pies, as well as bread. A small selection of appetizers changes frequently. 

Echo’s Pizza, 3200 Banks St.; Sun.-Thurs. 4 to 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on Fri. and Sat.; closed Tuesday; 267-3231,



Osaka Kohai

Long-time Prytania street sushi restaurant Kyoto closed after owner Sara Molony passed away in 2016, but late last year one of Molony’s former protégées, Kanetha Chau and her son Teddy opened Osaka Kohai in its place. The menu will be familiar to former customers, with a mix of cooked and raw Japanese dishes including the Sara roll, named for Molony. 

Kohai, 4821 Prytania St.; Sun. and Tues.-Thurs.,11 to 9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 to 10 p.m.; 372-4135,



Shahrazad Café

Shahrazad Café, a new Middle Eastern restaurant, opened earlier this year on Magazine street, catty-corner to Tal’s Hummus and across Bordeaux from Le Bon Temps Roulé. The menu is standard for similar local restaurants, with a couple of exceptions, including “Philly” Cheese-Steak and chicken sandwiches. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, but there is no corkage fee as I write. 

Shahrazad Café, 4739 Magazine St; 11 to 11 daily; 571-5003.