You completely disregarding Arcodoro Italian Ristoranti in the Galleria area. It is by far the best and most authentic Italian food (Sicilian actually.. but who's watching?) in Houston!
Best Italian Restaurant Houston 2007 - Damian's Cucina Italiana
3011 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006
This time-honored Tuscan-style restaurant has been purring along for decades, turning out classic Italian cuisine. The grilled seasonal vegetables are a favorite appetizer, and there's a wide variety of antipasti. The pasta with seafood in cream sauce is stellar, and the veal chops are legendary. But in the last few months, Damian's has gone from good to great, thanks to an extensive renovation. The carpeting, the windows and the lighting are all brand-new, and the look is more sophisticated. The art on the walls has gone from dated to classical. There's a new confidence in the kitchen, too, as chef Napolean Palacios seems to be raising the level of the cooking to fit the restaurant's new higher profile. The word is out: Damian's is back.