Photo by Will Crooks

Jianna, the modern Italian restaurant slated to open in February from Table 301 and chef Michael Kramer, got some hefty recognition via USA Today this morning.

Titled “20 Restaurants Coming in 2017,” the photo story highlights some of the most anticipated restaurant openings in the country, not just South Carolina or even the Southeast. The entire country.

Jianna, a 5,800-square-foot restaurant on the second floor of Falls Park Place with a direct view of the Reedy River Falls and Liberty Bridge will feature a 40-foot bar that will have oysters at one end and sliced-to-order prosciutto at the other, a wraparound heated year-round balcony, a pasta table where fresh pasta will be made daily only a few feet away from diners near the front entrance, and windows and doors wrapping around the entire dining room that will give the restaurant an al fresco feel when opened.

If the anticipation is just too much, the good news is, Swamp Rabbit Inn is hosting a Jianna pop-up Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $70-plus per person. Tickets are limited. Follow the Jianna Instagram for details.

Other restaurants highlighted in the USA Today story include Gloria Estefan’s newest venture, Estefan Kitchen, opening Jan. 31 in Miami; chef Mike Isabella’s (“Top Chef” alum) first Spanish restaurant, Arroz, in Washington, D.C., along with his 10-restaurant emporium in Virginia’s Tysons Galleria Mall; a Los Angeles pizzeria from the couple behind the ever-popular Sprinkles (the pink cupcake vending machines); and chef Scott Conant’s Mora Italian in Phoenix.

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