For years, Chef Michael Kramer created nationally celebrated, beautifully plated, bite-size food that looked like art on a plate.
In January, when he opens Jianna, he's finally planning to serve the food that he wants to eat. Jianna is a modern Italian kitchen in Greenville, South Carolina, that will feature modern Italian cuisine and freshly shucked oysters. The restaurant will have an open kitchen, massive bar and pasta making area to allow the team to make fresh pasta daily.
Pasta will be made in-house with a La Monferrina extruder. The menu will also feature hand rolled pastas, crudo and antipasti dishes featuring local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible.
“Now I’m cooking the food I want to eat. I’ve run the four and five star kitchens and its fun, but it’s not as approachable for people to eat every night,” says Kramer.
Michael Kramer has a track record for opening the Best New Restaurants in America. Under his culinary leadership, McCrady's in Charleston won the coveted title in 1999 from Esquire. A decade later he received the same nod for Voice in Houston from both Esquire and Travel & Leisure in 2009.
A California native, Chef Michael Kramer has worked in kitchens from Coast to Coast. He started his career at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles and then to the famed Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. In April 2013, Chef Kramer moved to Greenville, SC to take a position with Table 301 Restaurant Group Executive Chef of Culinary Operations for the restaurant group. He soon added Executive Chef at The Lazy Goat to his daily responsibilities, a position he held until July 2015. Jianna will join the Table 301 group of restaurants, which consists of Soby’s New South Cuisine, The Lazy Goat, Nose Dive, Passerelle Bistro, Papi’s Tacos, Southern Pressed Juicery and Soby’s on the Side.