Italian Food and Cooking

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    September 16, 2014

    JohnMichael Lynch Named Executive Chef of Hotel Granduca

    After a nationwide, year-long search, the Hotel Granduca has finally named a new executive chef: JohnMichael Lynch. Since taking the reins approximately five weeks ago, the classically trained 31-year-old -- who is responsible for all aspects of hotel dining, from banquets, to pool and bar, in-room ... 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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    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    Take your mother out this year.

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    May 1, 2014

    Five Hidden Gems to Discover in Chinatown

    Here's where you should be eating but probably aren't.

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    May 1, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    It feels like just yesterday we were rounding up the places to eat on Easter. Now, it's time to help you decide where to take Mom out on her special day. A multitude of Houston restaurants are opening up their doors on Sunday, May 11, to serve brunch, lunch and/or dinner. So be a planner and make re ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

    Your guide to holiday meals.

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    April 2, 2014

    Where to Eat on Easter Day (2014)

    Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014

    Impressive Steaks and Family Heritage on the Menu at Osteria Mazzantini

    It may not be perfect, but it's pretty damn close.

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    February 6, 2014

    Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

    FYI, it's on a Friday.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Where to Eat on Saint Valentine's Day 2014: FYI, It's On A Friday

    This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    A Meal at Pizzeria Solario Can Be Hit or Miss, But the Hits Are Great

    You'll feel like you're playing a game of pizza roulette.

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    December 10, 2013

    Where to Dine Out in Houston on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2013 (No Dishes To Do!)

    Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>

  • Dining

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Creative, Indulgent Risottos by Some of Houston's Most Regarded Chefs Shine at 10th International Risotto Festival

    The 10th International Risotto Festival held this past weekend at the Houston Design Center showcased the versatility of the beloved Italian grain. Fifteen chefs from Houston restaurants showcased their versions of risotto in a competition judged by both the public and a panel of judges that includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Want To Eat Out for Thanksgiving This Year? Houston Restaurants Have What You Need

    Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so make sure you have plans to feed every hungry mouth in your family on November 28. A multitude of Houston restaurants are here to make this food-centric holiday less stressful by opening up their kitchens to do the cooking for you, and you know it's g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Arancini, Fish en Papillote, and Meatloaf Sandwiches

    I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my meal ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 31, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Pizzas

    The rest of the best 2013.

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    October 31, 2013

    Coppa Osteria Is Reinventing Italian with Heart and Flour-Covered Hands

    Chef Brandi Key's hands-on approach takes Coppa Osteria outside the box.

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    October 30, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Tasty Treats Come in Small Packages at Newcomer Coppa Osteria

    I originally went to Coppa Osteria for the pizza. I stayed for the appetizers. And the desserts. And the wine. As you'll read in this week's review of the newest restaurant in the Clark Cooper Concepts family (that is, until Punk's Simple Southern Food opens in the next few months), Coppa Osteria ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Looking for Something To Do on Halloween Night? Brenner's Has a Spooky Dinner for You

    This year, I plan to go to a kick-ass neighborhood Halloween party (on the 31st) at which I may or may not consume a formidable amount of pumpkin curry, cupcakes, and red wine. When I heard, however, that Brenner's on the Bayou, was hosting a "spirits" dinner with cocktail pairings, I wished I had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Ten Pizzas

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® issue is here, and in many cases, picking the best item in many of the categories was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 79, Carnissima Pizza at Coppa Osteria

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her pers ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    First Look at Osteria Mazzantini by Chef John Sheely

    Opening night at Osteria Mazzantini drew a decent crowd, but the kitchen and waitstaff were well prepared for the evening's service after a week of soft opening previews with a perpetually packed house. The upscale Italian restaurant is the newest venture by Mockingbird Bistro chef/owner John She ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Copy Cat Recipe: Coppa's Barrata Arancini

    To know me is to know that I'm freaking obsessed with Italian food. So when I first dined at Coppa Ristorante Italiano, with its brick-oven pizzas and freshly-made pastas, it was love at first sight. I had many amazing dishes that faithful night, but my favorite had to be the barrata arancini -- for ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up 2013: Eat Locally To Support Your Local Food Bank

    In just a couple of weeks Houston Restaurant Weeks will begin, but to get your stomachs prepared for the exceptional grub you will feast on for the entire month of August, you can celebrate the great Lone Star State during GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up July 22 through July 28. GO TEXAN Restaurant Ro ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    A Date Night At Coppa...And Why I Can't Wait To Go Back

    When it comes time for date night, I want two things, and two things only: good food and flowing wine. Okay fine -- I guess my fiancé, too. So, three things and three things only... Follow me as I chronicle the magic of a good date night (and not in a creepy way like that totally sounds)... See a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Skirt Steak with Chimichurri & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: 'Tis the Truffle Season

    White truffle season has finally arrived after a delay in the harvest thanks to weather issues in Italy. And as a result of that weather delay, the white truffle supply is somewhat limited this year -- so the truffles that are already Italy's most expensive (costing upwards of $350 an ounce) are mor ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    In Italy, Make Sure Your Silver Spoon Is a Measuring Spoon and Kid-Size

    If The Silver Spoon cookbook is the bible of Italian cooking, then The Silver Spoon for Children is the Sunday school reader of Italian cooking for kids. The Silver Spoon for Children takes 40 recipes from the original The Silver Spoon, adapting them so they are very easy to read, follow and cook. ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Eat Local, Support Local: The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Is Here

    Houston Restaurant Weeks is coming this August. But before you budget all your dining dollars to that worthy cause, remember that an equally worthy one is going on this week: The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up. Each year, the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up features restaurants across the state cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 58, Eggplant Involtini at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Six Texas Spirits and Six Courses of Dessert

    Did you know that it's National Ice Cream Month? You can celebrate by buying yourself a scoop at one of our 10 favorite ice cream shops, or you can let Prince's Hamburgers buy the ice cream for you. Prince's wants its guests to chill out this month, and will be offering complimentary ice cream float ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Bruschetta: More Than Just Tomatoes and Basil

    The beauty of Italian cooking is the simple flavors. One of my favorite Italian dishes is an antipasti, bruschetta. Every restaurant in Italy serves bruschetta with classic tomato, basil and olive oil on top. But there are endless varieties of bruschetta. Here are five recipes that you can easily m ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    The 5 Most Common Risotto Mistakes

    Risotto is one of the most difficult dishes to master. The first attempt is not perfect, unless you're Gordon Ramsay, of course, but these five common mistakes people make while cooking a risotto dish may help you become a master, or at least not screw up one completely. 5. Texture can make or brea ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs, Antipasto Salad & More

    I love homemade meals with my fiancé, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't have a game plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my weekl ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    A Roman Repast at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

    When I told my husband I wanted to go to the May Roman Feast at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino, he responded: "Will there be a vomitorium?"* "Good God, I hope not," I said. "Though its presence might actually suggest people were really enjoying the food." And they were. Light tones and merry laughter circ ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    A Helluva Italian Sub at Raia's Italian Cafe and Market

    Being from NJ, where a gazillion old-school delis are right at my fingertips, I often find myself craving a good Italian sub. The perfect sub is like an antipasto stuffed inside bread - with quality ingredients, it can't not be good. But not every deli meets the criteria. Luckily, just last week, I ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    A Nice, Quiet Dinner at Fratteli's

    "Red or white?" the server asked. My partner got the white, and I ordered the red. As I sipped the serviceable house Chianti, I considered that sometimes it's nice to be presented with such a simple choice. No fretting over the wine list, just a quick glass to help shunt off the workday. There was ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Last week was filled with classic favorites, Galumpkis, Corned Beef Deli Sandwiches & Blackened Tilapia. I picked up some amazing sweet potato gnocchi and an awesome-looking mango chutney last weekend, so this week I'll definitely be using both in my menu. Here's what I'm making: Veal Saltimbocca ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 22, 2012

    He's Still Got It

    Arturo Boada is turning out lovely pizzas and tapas at his namesake Memorial Villages restaurant.

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    January 23, 2012

    An Auspicious Dinner at Nardino Ristorante

    I am usually not one to predict the future. When it comes to prognostication, I am far too conservative and neurotic to articulate publicly my thoughts on upcoming fads, fashions, movements, etc. Seriously, identifying the Big Cupcake as a 2012 food trend was really going out on a limb for me. But ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    How To: Make an Antipasto Plate

    Photo by Bruce TurnerMamma mia!​It's not a holiday in my family without a big platter of antipasti. Every holiday, my aunt Estelle brings all the goodies from an amazing deli in Brooklyn. She leaves the presentation of the plate up to my friend Marisa and me, and then, without fail, proceeds t ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Prosciutto

    Photo by John SuhI dream of prosciutto pizza.​What is it? Pronounced "proh-SHOOT-oh," prosciutto is a thinly sliced Italian dry-cured ham. The uncooked version highlighted today is called prosciutto crudo (the cooked kind is prosciutto cotto). The most revered cuts of prosciutto come from t ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston: #3 Pumpkin Ravioli at Fratelli's

    Pumpkin ravioli.​In 2010, I had a grand ol' time scouring Houston for outstanding pumpkin dishes. One year later I'm older, definitely not wiser, and still in love with orange squash. So from now until Thanksgiving I'll be counting down (again) 10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston. Forks at t ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Tuesday October 18, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press is good for 50 percent off ($25 for $50) at Sapori Ristorante Italiano. Their Northern Italian menu serves up dishes by Chef Alberto Baffoni; fresh ingredients showcase classic Italian cooking for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Enjoy the cooler temp ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Roma Tomatoes

    Photo by John SuhBruschetta [broo-SKEH-tah]​What is it? Also called the Italian tomato, the Roma tomato is a common type of plum tomato: egg-shaped, with fewer seeds than the round tomato. (All Romas are plum tomatoes--also called paste tomatoes -- but not all plum tomatoes are Romas.) Summer ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    Dinner at Fratelli's

    Joanna O'LearyCalamari Fritti​When I lived in Boston, the proximity of the North End to my apartment meant I ate Italian food fairly regularly. I gnoshed on arancini during street festivals, savored truffled risotto at some high-end joints, and devoured slices loaded with sausage and peppers a ... More >>

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