Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>
Last week we wrote about the spring produce you should be buying at farmers markets and grocery stores. The spring season brings lots of bright, fresh fruits and vegetables, but a special veggie seems to stand out as one of the most popular ingredients for in-season recipes: spring peas. One of my ... More >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Ruggles Cafe Bakery
Whodathunkit? A kid-friendly Italian-American restaurant with killer red sauce
At La Barmigiana, the decor may be tacky, but the pizza is divine
Dolce & Freddo
The Osteria d'Aldo Martini
Seven months and $3 million later, the eatery at the Four Seasons emerges even better than before
At Fabio's, the atmosphere and the Alfredo sauce are old clichés. But so is "Mom's apple pie," and it's still good.
Viva la differènza!
Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown
Best as a neighborhood joint
Lunch with Michael May
The expansive Maggiano's Little Italy serves portions to match
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
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