"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 >>
I find Ina Garten to be downright fascinating. Before she was a Food Network personality, she owned a specialty food shop in the veddy-posh Westhampton, New York; before that, she worked for the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) on nuclear energy analysis. She and her husband, Jeffrey, have no c ... More >>
For this week's edition of Here, Eat This, we venture into South America, where hardy Houstonians possessed of a hearty appetite will find much to love in the pampas of Argentina. See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Korean Cuisi ... More >>
Have you been looking for a reason to make it down to Guru Burgers & Crepes in Sugar Land? Been meaning to check out Open the Taps and help the non-profit support craft beer-friendly legislation in Texas? Just want the first sip of the newest Saint Arnold brew? You can do all of these things in one ... 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 >>
100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City
The first time my mom made this dish, it was an experiment. At this time, we were realizing that you can mix odd ingredients together and come out with something spectacular. After religiously watching Food Network, we decided to take a whack at Giada De Laurentiis's short ribs tagliatelle dish. Bu ... More >>
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 >>
The first time I went to Piola, I thought "damn, this place is bright." It had been a crappy, rainy Monday. I was hungry and in a nasty mood, but the place actually cheered me up. It was happy hour, and I ended up getting pretty happy. I ordered a few French 75s for $5 each and the Rio de Jan ... More >>
Photos by Christina UticoneDolcetto d'AlbaAs if a wine hangover weren't bad enough, did you know you can actually get a truffle hangover? I woke up with one after five luscious courses of food at the recent Truffle & Wine dinner held at Valentino. Who can resist a hook like white truffles -- ... More >>
This restaurant impresses with simple, harmonious flavors — and its refusal to over-impress.
With the weather heating up, we thought we'd revive Robb Walsh's favorite ice cream experiences, which he first shared in August 2009, in conjunction with his feature story on Houston ice cream parlors, "The Scoop." Photos by Paul S. Howell10. CreamWorx 8817 Hwy. 6, Missouri City 281-778-273 ... More >>
Anyone who has made risotto more than a handful of times has certainly realized the down side (apart from the endless stirring necessary in the traditional method) of this otherwise delightful dish. Risotto makes terrible leftovers. The interplay of creamy sauce and tender rice with a firm in ... More >>
Where: Gelato Blu, 5710 Memorial, 713-880-5900 What $13 gets you: A simple and sweet dessert date for two. Houston's weather during the winter time is undependable. This particular night, it was in the 40s and my companion was set on getting gelato, insisting we go to Gelato Blu. There was ... More >>
Taking a break from exploring Chinatown and its million restaurants, we popped into Gelato Cup Italian Ice Cream (9889 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-271-1082) to try their durian gelato that I heard smells like rotting fruit. We sampled it and decided one spoonful was enough. We would not want to e ... More >>
We wrap up our meeting with Chef John Ly by tasting some of the strata of flavors layered into his dishes. We first sampled a fish entrée. Chef Ly's sea bass was pan-seared to perfection with a crispy crunch that made a great contrast with the moist, flaky fish. The filet was served atop h ... More >>
Houston Dairymaids.For every Houston restaurant still using Sysco biscuits, there's a local vendor who's gnashing his teeth, ready to jump in if given the chance. Yes, the "little guy" local trade has grown steadily and profitably over the past few years as more and more chefs and patrons wan ... More >>
At Max's Wine Dive at 10:30 p.m., it is the rare table that doesn't have wine on the table. But having had enough, our group just orders food. Around the table, attractive couples lean toward each other in those annoying, tiny bar tables over glasses of white wine. It's mostly couples except for ... More >>
Pink's Pizza's Santa Monica has a hidden, delicious ingredient.
Ruggles Cafe Bakery
Whodathunkit? A kid-friendly Italian-American restaurant with killer red sauce
Da Marco woos one over drinks, seduces with menu
The last thing downtown needs is another mediocre Italian eatery like Brothers Petronella
The Italian Cafe's traditional pastas will warm your heart and soul
Josephine's traditional Italian fare is the perfect antidote to the blues
Osteria D'Aldo steals a page from the Spanish cookbook and serves its Italian wonders in small portions
Luigi's lights up the Strand
Gina Koutros is Greek, and she didn't like Italy. But you'd never know it from her restaurant.
Who needs innovation? Pasquale's stays faithful to the Italian classics.
Simposio establishes itself as a classic
So much Italian food. So overcooked.
I was a doubter, but Cafe Beignet won me over
Corelli's Italian Cafe offers something worth finishing
Birraporetti's has a new chef and a new look. But where's the wow?
Baci goes up against Houston's Italian glut -- and wins
Good pasta, iffy fish and much garlic make for a mixed menu
The Heights' new Italian isn't Venice, but it isn't bad
Collina's pint-size Italian cafe smells like home
That has such toppings on't! California Pizza Kitchen's pies are weird, but mostly good.