NYC Chef Jonathan Waxman Opens Ghirardelli Square Restaurant | NBC Bay Area

NYC Chef Jonathan Waxman Opens Ghirardelli Square Restaurant

The interior of Waxman's, opening in Ghirardelli Square.

Acclaimed New York City chef Jonathan Waxman will open the first part of a massive Italian restaurant and cafe in Ghirardelli Square on Tuesday.

Called Waxman's, the full-service restaurant side of the operation opens this week, followed by an adjacent cafe; each space holds 120 seats. Both will utilize a wood-burning oven and wood-burning grill, with a large menu of pizzas, pastas, grilled meats and the like.

Waxman originally hails from Berkeley, and was a chef at Chez Panisse before opening restaurants in Santa Monica, Napa, New York, Nashville and Atlanta. He also appears as one of the judges on "Recipe for Deception," a Bravo cooking competition involving contestants lying to each other.

Waxman told Bravo that he'd like to help Ghirardelli Square become more of a local's dining destination, as it was when he was growing up. "It was really a place you wanted to go," he said. "Now, it changed direction a bit, but hopefully I can right the ship a little and turn it around."

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