Houston’s Top 10 Italian Restaurants

Where to go when you need an Italian fix.

Take the 15- to 20-minute tour at Saint Arnold, then spend the rest of the day drinking fresh brews, eating and playing board games with friends in the beer hall. Karbach might be small, but it's a fun place to sample something from a food truck, sit outside, and enjoy a Rodeo Clown or Hopadillo. Buffalo Bayou Brewery offers tours each Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. and includes two pints of beer plus a souvenir glass, all for $10. 8th Wonder Brewery and Members of The League of Extraordinary Brewers don't offer tours, but they do host events, so check out their Facebook pages and websites to see what they're doing next. Take a trip to Missouri City to tour Fort Bend Brewing Company, to Conroe for Southern Star Brewing Company and to Katy for No Label Brewery. Each is different, and you're bound to have a blast at all of them.

4. Pick Blueberries at Moorhead's Blueberry Farm

Spend any weekend morning picking blueberries at Moorhead's Blueberry Farm in Conroe. They go for $2.50 a pound. Then incorporate them into cobblers or pies with Blue Bell ice cream on the side.

The best time to go to Da Marco is during black truffle season.
Katharine Shilcutt
The best time to go to Da Marco is during black truffle season.
You bet Backstreet Cafe’s seasonal tomato menu is on this bucket list.
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You bet Backstreet Cafe’s seasonal tomato menu is on this bucket list.

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3. Be First in Line atKillen's BBQ or CorkScrew BBQ

Wake up early and get your butt to ­Pearland and/or The Woodlands to be the first person in line for tender brisket, ribs and pulled pork. You'll be a happy camper when you get to choose exactly what you want without fear that it's sold out. Especially that banana pudding at Killen's.

2. Check out Saturday Breakfast at Revival Market

Revival Market offers different items on its Saturday morning breakfast menu. Stalk the Facebook page or sign up for the newsletter to get a hint about what's going to be served. And if it's Kolache Saturday, drop all plans and get to Revival Market before the rest of the city does. You don't want to miss out on their kolaches or klobasneks.

1. Eat Crepes from Melange Creperie

Hang out with Buffalo Sean in the morning or early afternoon (Friday to Sunday) at the corner of Westheimer and Taft, where he whips up his signature crepes on his cart's stove top. Choose the ham, egg and cheddar for a savory breakfast, or take the vegetarian route with brie, jams and fruit. Or opt for the sweet combination of banana and Nutella, or strawberry, vanilla crème fraîche and Sinfull Bakery's Everything Granola.

Restaurant News

Openings & Closings

Upper Kirby is getting a face-lift.

Molly Dunn

It's been a sad past few weeks for the Upper Kirby restaurant scene. Brio Tuscan Grille (3029 Kirby) shuttered just after Cafe Express, Roak, Hendrick's Pub and OTC Patio Bar, all in the same area, closed.

Swamplot reports that a moving crew arrived on June 1 to pack everything up. There's speculation the restaurant was not serving enough customers and was forced to close.

Around the same time, Saint Genevieve at 2800 Kirby closed its doors. The hopping brunch spot and bar opened in 2011, and a representative told CultureMap Houston that the landlords want another tenant to occupy the space. No information about the future tenant has been revealed.

This closing isn't in Upper Kirby: Becks Prime Sportatorium, located inside Memorial City Mall, shuttered on May 31, according to Swamplot. Fortunately the 11 other Becks Prime locations in the Houston area remain open.

In happier news, Pepperoni's Pizza opened at 2710 Montrose next door to BB's Cafe over the weekend of May 31. This small pizza chain serves up gourmet pies like the pesto chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and black olives, and the spicy veggie masala with cayenne buffalo sauce, pineapple, jalapeños, onion, black olive and green pepper. Other menu items include traditional pizzas, calzones, pita sandwiches and subs. Eater Houston mentions that this location will also feature a breakfast pizza menu from which you can grab and go at the drive-through window.

It seems like there's a Pappasito's Cantina, or some other Pappas restaurant, on every street corner. Now visitors to our great city who are staying at the Hilton Americas-Houston (1600 Lamar) don't have to step off the premises to eat excellent Tex-Mex. Catering to the traveling and downtown clientele, this location will feature several special dishes for happy hours. CultureMap Houston's Eric Sandler also notes that the menu has six new ceviches and crudos as healthier options, along with a few heavier and indulgent dishes, such as the queso a la plancha (beef and chicken fajita nachos) plus sugary churros for dessert.

In franchise-expansion news, the second Happy's Pizza location in Houston (and Texas for that matter) has opened at 7903 Beechnut. Aside from pizzas, Happy's serves ribs, chicken wings and fried shrimp. 

Another Chick-fil-A opened at 925 North Loop West on June 5, and as with every Chick-fil-A opening, customers lined up outside the day before in hopes of being among the first 100 in line — those lucky customers receive a year's supply of Chick-fil-A.

Bone Daddy's House of Smoke will open its second location in Houston on Thursday, June 19, at 17381 Tomball Parkway. The Willowbrook restaurant will feature all the popular dishes served at the Bone Daddy's in Webster, such as the Flying Pig sandwich composed of pulled pork, link sausage, ­bacon and maple-glazed ham, and the wrapped and deep-fried smoked brisket, ­jalapeño, corn, onion and pepper.

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This is fabulous, since I am taking a trip to Houston soon. I love Italian food, so whenever I travel somewhere new, I like to find a good Italian restaurant to try while I'm there. I have several lined up for my next few trips, and I cannot wait to get a taste of them all.!about/cmiy


Great article as usual gal. "Wow, I don't know who wrote this top 100 recently, but she sure loves her drunk food and and sandwiches!" Ps.. I think you left your jacket ;) -Monica D


Great article as usual gal. "Wow, I don't know who wrote this top 100 recently, but he sure loves his drunk food and and sandwiches!" Ps.. I think you left your jacket ;) -Monica D