Photo courtesy Nico Romo

Laura, the newest concept by French chef Nico Romo, who was voted Best Chef in City Paper’s Best Of awards, is set to open its doors in historic Summerville on 101 Main Street June 1. Laura joins NICO in Mount Pleasant and Bistronomy downtown as part of the Nico Dining Group. 

While Romo’s first two restaurants focus on his French roots, Laura takes inspiration from his Italian lineage. 

“For NICO and Bistronomy, I’ve pulled culinary inspiration from my childhood in France and my classic French training,” Romo said. “I’m excited to celebrate my Italian heritage and the huge impact that my grandmother’s cooking continues to have on my food.

“My Italian grandmother taught me so much about flavors and ingredients, as well as the importance of hospitality even while at home. I’m excited to share some of my earliest experiences with food.”

Laura will offer guests authentic experiences and dishes found in Rome, Florence and Naples and follow the rustic simplicity of Italian culinary traditions, making everything from scratch and using the freshest ingredients. 

The menu will be coursed, but guests can chart their own adventure and choose from selections of Antipasti plates, Neapolitan Pizzas prepared in the custom-built wood-fire oven, “Primo” (pasta dishes), “Secondo” dishes featuring simply prepared meats, poultry and fish and a selection of salads and cheese. “Contorno” (side dishes) are served family-style. To finish off the night, guests can enjoy classic Italian desserts, including a gelato service. 

Upon opening, Laura will be open nightly for dinner, with lunch and brunch hours following in the coming weeks. Reservations recommended, but not required.

For more information, visit or follow along on Instagram @laurasummerville101

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