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    November 18, 2014

    Kipper Club Test Kitchen To Host Forbes Five-Star Chef Zachary Ladwig

    It's early days still in the life of the Kipper Club Test Kitchen. The kitchen space by the Treadsack Group (Down House, D&T Drive Inn, Sugar & Rice Magazine) launched quietly in August, where it has been playing host to a rotating roster of guest chefs. "We built it as a space that the chefs coul ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Pasta Day in Houston

    National Pasta Day is today -- a reminder, if not an incentive, for for pasta lovers all around town to indulge. Houston has many excellent restaurants where one can celebrate. For a taste of stellar house-made pappardelle bolognese, Best of Houston Italian Restaurant winner Ciao Bello is the pla ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in the Galleria

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Italian Restaurants

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Food Fight: Battle Cannoli in Houston

    Making the perfect cannoli is an art. It requires much expertise, experience and practice. From the components (filling, shell and decorations) to the assembly process (making the cream, frying the shell and piping the cream into the shell), everything must be executed just right so the shell cracks ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Step Aside, Waffogato, Houston Has Five Awesome Affogatos

    Affogatos are one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable Italian desserts. In Italian, affogato means "drowned," which is exactly what happens -- a scoop of ice cream or gelato gets doused with a piping hot shot of espresso. This "drowning" action creates a complex and satisfying treat with just two in ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Italy à la Houston

    Traveling to Europe is expensive, and not everyone has the ability, time or money to make the trip. But, good news. You don't have to! You can actually stay right in Houston and visit a multitude of shops, restaurants and parks just as you would in a European country. A few weeks ago, we wrote abou ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

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    April 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014: A Love Letter to Houston Food

    Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.

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    April 9, 2014

    Menu of Menus® Draws, and Wows, Huge Crowds Of Food Fans

    Silver Street Station had a lot of new things going on for Menu of Menus this year. Air conditioning, for one, had people happy to be inside eating warm comfort food from spots like Frank's Americana Revival and Fish & the Knife. There was a lovely photography show up on the walls as part of Fotofes ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus & Vedge Dinner At Brennan's

    The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at the fully air conditioned Silver Street Station. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. you will have the opportunity to sample food from more than 40 Houston restaurants -- bring your stretchy pants! Sample Italian food from Ciao Bello, Per ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014
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    March 28, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus Extravaganza & A Spring Onion Festival

    In case you didn't know, Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at Silver Street Station (fully air conditioned this year!) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hopefully you have already purchased your tickets to the biggest culinary event hosted by the Houston Press, but if you haven't, then what ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Fabulous Restaurants Added to the Menu of Menus Lineup with Two Weeks to Go

    The 12th annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza is coming up, on April 8, and we're more excited than ever about the wonderful restaurants that have committed to attending and serving samples of their delicious food. You wanted Korean food, and you got it! Nara will be joining us and samp ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Meet the First Families of Houston Food

    Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.

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    February 13, 2014
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    January 28, 2014

    The First Families of Houston Food: Why We Eat the Way We Eat in H-Town

    Houston is a town inundated with great restaurants, but in tracing the city's history, you discover that many of the big names in the restaurant industry are related to each other in some way, whether by blood or business. Some families have continued to stick with their own, too, but to live and c ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

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    December 5, 2013

    At Ciao Bello, Eggs and Flour Combine to Create Dishes of Perfection

    Looking for pasta paradise? You'll find it at Ciao Bello.

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    December 4, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Bellissima Cibo at Unassuming Ciao Bello

    There are white tablecloths at Ciao Bello, and personable albeit highly professional waiters. There's an extensive wine list covering most of the world, but with a clear emphasis on Italy. There's an air of sophistication permeating the dining room, even during the day, when well-dressed businessmen ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Films for Foodies: Big Night Takes Italian Cuisine to Cinematic Heights

    Movie studios scramble to have big-name stars headline their films, but in many of my favorite movies food is the star. Few things are better than pairing a foodie film with a great meal so we can enjoy ourselves just as much as the folks onscreen are enjoying their own aliments. In this series, we' ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Pasta Eaters Flock to Paulie's and Camerata for Mangiamaccheroni Pop-Up

    "Just drove by and Camerata is hopping on a Sunday night," my friend texted me at around 6 p.m. this past Sunday. I arrived shortly thereafter to confirm her assessment. It was definitely hopping. Even before pushing open the doors, I noticed that a nice crowd had gathered at Camerata. The atmosph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Handicapping Alison Cook's 2013 Top 100 Restaurant List

    Alison Cook, the Houston Chronicle's restaurant critic, unveiled her list of the top 100 restaurants in Houston (slideshow version here) to members of the media and invited chefs on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 11. Cook tells us that she spent much of the past several months eating all ov ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 1, 2013

    Pudgy Pork Dumplings and Crisp Soft-Shell Crab

    Cafe Chino proves looks can be deceiving.

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    July 11, 2013

    Tony Vallone's Regional Italian Cuisine Dinner Series

    Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.

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    July 2, 2013

    Tony Vallone's Sicilian Homestyle Cooking at Ciao Bello

    "You don't even need a knife," the woman seated next to me, the wife of a prominent local judge, advised. I'd just picked up my knife and fork, ready to take a bite of a delicious-looking piece of Gaddina a 'Muddicata, Sicilian for our second course of breaded baked chicken. Taking her advice, I put ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    The Capitol at St. Germain: Closed for Renovations or Closed for Good?

    Last week, The Capitol at St. Germain posted the above image on its Facebook page. The downtown restaurant that was once so promising when it opened in late 2011 suffered in the wake of losing its two opening chefs, Kevin Bryant and Mark Parmley. Lately, every time I walked by The Capitol past happy ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

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    December 14, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Proof Is In the... Rooftop

    I've long said that Houston doesn't have enough cool rooftop spaces, especially close to downtown. That's finally changing with the opening of two fun new spots... The first opened several weeks ago at the Houston Pavilions: the reincarnation of Scott Gertner's Sky Bar on Montrose, which is now -- a ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Philly Poutine

    A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.

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    November 7, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria

    Long the bastion of boring chain restaurants and overly expensive hotspots, the Galleria has seen a resurgence in the past few years when it comes to food. Chef-owned-and-driven restaurants are upping the ante along Post Oak Boulevard while places like E-Tao and White Oak Kitchen Drinks are showin ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Bobby Matos of Ciao Bello and His Crave-Worthy Italian Classics

    Bobby Matos Ciao Bello 5161 San Felipe 713-960-0333 This is third and final part of a three-part chef chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, Chef Bobby Matos of Ciao Bello chatted with us about the foods his Italian grandmother used to make, the mer ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Bobby Matos of Ciao Bello, On Learning on the Fly in the Kitchen

    Bobby Matos Ciao Bello 5161 San Felipe 713-960-0333 This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Read Part 1 here and look for Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with Chef Bobby Matos about why he became a chef, and why he chose culinary sch ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Bobby Matos of Ciao Bello, On Whether Culinary School Is Worth It

    Bobby Matos Ciao Bello 5161 San Felipe 713-960-0333 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for parts 2 and 3 in this same space Thursday and Friday. Ciao Bello, Tony Vallone's lighter, more casual version of his iconic Tony's in River Oaks, offers some ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    My Surprise Lunch at Ciao Bello

    Friday the 13 was probably one of the luckiest days I've had this summer. Although the master barista demonstration I originally came for at Ciao Bello had been delayed a couple of hours, I was surprised by an unforgettable media lunch. The owner's son, Jeff Vallone, offered to let me sample a few ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    An Espresso Lesson at Ciao Bello with Master Barista Giorgio Milos

    Espresso is more than just a beverage -- it's the base ingredient used to create an array of specialty drinks: cocktails, frappes, cappuccinos and other classic coffee beverages. Master barista Giorgio Milos arrived at Ciao Bello Friday, after being stuck in an airport for six hours due to the mas ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    The chopped brisket sandwich at Ray's Real Pit BBQ.​It's been a week of changes for Houston restaurants -- menu changes, chef changes, location changes -- and some of those changes include at least one shocking closure. That closure was Caffe Bello, which quietly closed its doors on Monday. T ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Free Pizza at Ciao Bello for Happy Hour

    Pepperoni Pizza at Ciao Bello​I've gotten to the point where the thought of free food doesn't excite me anymore. That's why I'd never made the effort to try out Ciao Bello's happy hour even though I knew that they had free pizza. When I found myself in the Galleria area one afternoon around 4 ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Dining Deals in Houston

    Our deal of the day is even better than this. ​Times are tight, and we're all looking for ways to pinch a penny here and there. But the current recession has led to the meteoric rise in online coupon sites, offering fantastic savings of up to 90 percent on everything from clothing to Caribbean ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    R.I.P.: A Toast to the Restaurants We'll Miss the Most

    Photo by Robb WalshAlas! No more salchi-burgers from Brisa Cocina Mexicana.​While toasts are usually reserved for happier events or for New Year's Eve, we thought it appropriate to toast the dearly departed restaurants which closed this past year, wishing those who had to close them future suc ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Still one of my favorite photos. Welcome back, Leon's.​More great news for the Heights this week as it was announced that D'Amico's Italian Market has set its sights on White Oak Boulevard for its second location. The popular restaurant has been operating at 5510 Morningside in Rice Village si ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Jellies out for tasting at the new Kraftsmen Cafe in the Heights.​The biggest news of the week seems to be the revolving doors at some of Houston's more popular restaurants: BRC Gastropub, Caffe Bello and the Inn at Dos Brisas (which, okay, is up the road in Independence, but we still claim it ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #46 Ice Cream at Hank's

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #47 Pasta with Fresh Peas, Ham and Mushrooms at Ciao Bello

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria Area

    Photo by Erika RayStocking up on salsas at Chacho's.​The Galleria has more than 26 million visitors per year. While a significant amount of those people are tourists -- what wouldn't we give to visit a city just to shop there! -- many are Houstonians who gravitate toward the Uptown Park area o ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009
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    October 1, 2009
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