Italian



Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Houston. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Houston restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Quattro, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Damian's Cucina Italiana. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Houston - Montrose, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!




Younger sibling of nearby Nino's, Vincent's sets an upscale scene for lunch and dinner. An ideal option for pre- or post-theater meals, the trattoria boasts an appeal that relies, in part, on a brick fireplace, light wood paneling, shelves...  Read More


Tony Mandolas's Gulf Coast Kitchen


Locals heap high praise on Tony Mandola's awesome fare, including Gulf Coast seafood dishes that reflect the owner's Italian and Cajun roots. The long, narrow dining area has a Mediterranean feel and offers a sleek, casual backdrop ideal for...  Read More




Its pale exterior enlivened by ivy, this romantic restaurant offers elegantly-appointed tables, subdued lighting, dark wood accents, a hand-painted mural, and terra cotta-hued walls. House specialties include lobster tail and lump crabmeat in...  Read More


Da Marco


For authentic northern Italian cuisine, savvy diners head to chef Marco Wiles's cottage-like Montrose restaurant. Decked out in orange, yellow, and red hues, Da Marco dazzles diners with distinctly Tuscan ambience and gastronomy. Featured...  Read More


Frenchie's Italian


This cheery Mediterranean-style café is family-owned and family-operated, and the two Caprisian brothers in charge make special efforts to see that patrons have a wonderful time. Although the intimate tables may be arranged a bit closely,...  Read More




For more than 20 years, folks in the know have headed to this European-flavored hideaway for homestyle Italian cuisine. Adorning the dining room are Italian-themed prints, imported pottery, and hanging herbs; an Old World-style antipasto table...  Read More


Simposio Ristorante


Comfortable, elegant Simposio features the contrast of dark woods and white linens, all punctuated by warm-hued artwork. It's a simple formula but an effective one, and it resonates beautifully with the menu's well-prepared northern Italian...  Read More


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River Oaks


Vibrant mosaics, lively murals, bold colors, and a bustling social scene make La Griglia a top destination for dining out. Happily, the food is just as bright and confident as the interior. The shrimp-and-crab cheesecake gets lots of attention,...  Read More


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The Woodlands
Amerigo's Grille


Romantic, elegant evenings are a given at this north Houston establishment, and diners regularly make their way to The Woodlands for incredible northern Italian cuisine. Whet your appetite with calamari or beef carpaccio before sampling...  Read More


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Downtown
Quattro


Stylish and elegant with a contemporary edge, Quattro couples spectacular Italian cuisine with unpretentious surroundings and service. Famous for its antipasti bar, fantastic wines, and sumptuous seafood tower, Quattro lays out quite a feast....  Read More


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