Southern Italian flavours lead the way in the most densely populated city in Texas. Traditional restaurants, fine dining restaurants, pizzerias and wine bars: here is our shortlist.
Top Italian Restaurants guide by Gambero Rosso, online from the end of october 2017, is a new collection of all the best Italian restaurants abroad, from New York to Seoul. More than 370 addresses with great menus based on fresh top quality ingredients. From traditional trattorias to modern fine dining places, Gambero Rosso has rewarded the best culinary spots for foodies around the world. Looking for a real Italian meal in Houston? Here are 4 great addresses in the American city.
Sud Italia 2 gamberi
Average Price: $ 60
2347 University Boulevard – Houston | www.sud-italia.com
This restaurant opened by Shanon Scott in 2014 is increasingly focused and cantered. The menu features the rich repertoire of Southern Italian cuisine, with authentic recipes and products imported directly from Italy. Chef Maurizio Ferrarese, originally from Vercelli, has made a remarkable leap in quality, thanks to the experience matured at the Four Seasons in Florence and Houston. Starters include arancini rice balls, classic and tasty Creste di Gallo alla nroma (macaroni pasta in tomato sauce, diced eggplant and ricotta salata cheese) or a delicate fillet of red snapper served with potatoes, olives and capers. The wine list also draws among the vineyards of Southern Italy with lesser-known wineries. This is a solid and coherent project with attentive and professional service.
Vinoteca Poscòl 2 bottiglie
Average Price: $ 30
The third restaurant of chef Marco Wiles relies heavily on a wine list of exclusively Italian wines paired to traditional dishes sold at value prices. Meals may open with serious charcuterie grazing boards, including cured meats and cheeses such as bresaola and robiola, plus bruschetta. Equally tasty are the risotto or the homemade pasta. We like the wine list, which is well structured and ranging from light to medium and full-bodied wines, the selection of which brings together lesser known brands and vignerons. There are many wine tasting events with the wine producers, which should not be missed. A warm atmosphere that transports us to a true Friulian osteria from Poscolle, chef Marco's birthplace.
Cane Rosso The Heights 1 spicchio
Average Price: $ 25
Jay Jerrier's project is increasingly complex and articulate. It all started with a mobile oven in the streets of Dallas, then the first restaurant - today in Dallas there are 5 of them - which then spread to two more locations in Austin and Houston. The first pizzeria in town was opened in The Heights, directly followed by the second opening in Montrose. We're talking Neapolitan-style pizza, Cane Rosso belongs in fact to Verace Neapolitan Pizza Association, with pies baked in a Stefano Ferrara ad hoc oven, high temperature cooking, a drizzle of raw olive oil and basil. Toppings include homemade pork sausages from Berkshire, homemade mozzarella (but also imported) Italian flours and tomatoes. Some pies cater to the American palate, with very intense toppings and flavours; we prefer the classic pizzas like Marinara or the Regina Margherita (with bufala). In regard to drinks, there's a targeted selection of Italian wines, cleverly served also by the glass, plus craft beers and cocktails.
Amalfi 2 forchette
Average Price: $ 80
The blue and yellow colour palette of this Italian restaurant takes us straight to the cultural background and flavours of chef and owner Giancarlo Ferrara. The same bright and identifying flavours are found in the dishes reinterpreted with creative flair. The menu features well presented and tasty dishes, such as the peppery stewed mussels, paccheri with colatura anchovy sauce (served with tuna and onions), or large Mediterranean fish––like sea bass or red snapper––baked in a wood oven, in a rock salt crust or with simple olive oil, cherry tomatoes and white wine. Meals may end with delizia al limone dessert, of course. Overall, the place shows its care for detail, bright, elegant setting, with wine bottles lending colour to the walls.