Azzurro Italian Coastal Cuisine (now open): Set sail for an unmatched gastronomic adventure

The Orioli Restaurant Group (ORG) is at it again, expanding their restaurant family group: Rooted in their Italian culture and heritage, with three generations working together, the Orioli family is excited to introduce a third concept to their budding portfolio of restaurants. The creators of Via Emilia Italian Kitchen and Avanti Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar bring to you, Azzurro Italian Coastal Cuisine. 

The new restaurant takes over the space that was home to Broken Barrel, overlooking Lake Woodlands in Hughes Landing at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd #1900, The Woodlands, TX.

“This concept is inspired by passion for food, wine and culture of the Italian coastline,” said co-owner Enrique Orioli about the new restaurant, which will offer both indoor and outdoor dining with an intimate private dining space. Beyond the food, there’s so much that makes Azzurro special and unique.  And whether you’re sitting outside or inside, the gorgeous views of Lake Woodlands are the icing on the cake.  The bright approach and coastal decor of the restaurant allows the cuisine to fully reflect the emphasis of the coastal regions of Italy

As for the cuisine, expect Italian seafood specialties like Octopus Carpaccio and Risotto Di Mare, scratch-made pasta specialties like Mafaldine Braised Beef Cheeks, Truffle Ravioli, and Squid Ink Spaghetti.  The Frutti Di Terra section of the menu  showcases a fine selection of braised meats, roasted chicken and steaks. On the wine front, there’s a large list that leans old world and classic, with rare Italian wines not easily found.  

 “As a family-owned and operated restaurant group, we truly value the connection we make with the members of our community and its visitors. Food is much more than nourishment. It is a way we come together to connect and create memories. When we serve our guests, we are not only serving them a meal; we are sharing our family story through our cuisine. We are excited to bring three generations of combined hospitality and restaurant experience to our latest venture, Azzurro Italian Coastal Cuisine”, said Orioli.


Located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd #1900, The Woodlands, TX, Azzurro Coastal Italian Cuisine opened in March 0f 2023 by Orioli Restaurant Group. Azzurro Italian Coastal Cuisine is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday- Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m..  For more information visit