Italian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 77, Spaghetti Carbonara at Coppa Osteria

    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 MenusĀ® 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 >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Five Dishes Featuring Spring Peas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 14, 2013

    Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Frozen Dinners for Two

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eating Our Hearts Out

    100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City

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    December 27, 2012

    Dinner Party Meal: Short Ribs Tagliatelle

    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 >>

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    January 19, 2012
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    December 16, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Stephen Caronna Of Piola

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Wine & Truffle Dinner at Valentino Vin Bar

    Photos by Christina UticoneDolcetto d'Alba​As 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 >>

  • Dining

    December 1, 2011

    Casual Coppa

    This restaurant impresses with simple, harmonious flavors — and its refusal to over-impress.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    What to Do with Leftover Risotto

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Local Vendor Spotlight

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Late Night Scene: Max's Wine Dive

    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 >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2008
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    April 20, 2006

    Two-Handed Job

    Ruggles Cafe Bakery

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    July 28, 2005

    Squid Kids

    Whodathunkit? A kid-friendly Italian-American restaurant with killer red sauce

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    February 6, 2003

    Nice Gnocchi


  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
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    July 25, 2002

    The Great White Pizza

    At La Barmigiana, the decor may be tacky, but the pizza is divine

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    July 4, 2002


    Dolce & Freddo

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    March 28, 2002

    Main Street Refuge

    The Osteria d'Aldo Martini

  • Dining

    March 21, 2002

    Better By Design

    Seven months and $3 million later, the eatery at the Four Seasons emerges even better than before

  • Dining

    December 6, 2001

    Pasta Perfect

    At Fabio's, the atmosphere and the Alfredo sauce are old clichés. But so is "Mom's apple pie," and it's still good.

  • Dining

    September 20, 2001

    Fall For It

    La Griglia

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    July 19, 2001
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    June 28, 2001

    Toque Off

    Viva la differènza!

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    February 8, 2001

    For the Love of Sauerkraut

    Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown

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    January 18, 2001

    Conditional Amore

    Best as a neighborhood joint

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    October 12, 2000

    Don't Mess with the Family

    Lunch with Michael May

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    August 24, 2000
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    August 3, 2000

    Nothing Small About It

    The expansive Maggiano's Little Italy serves portions to match

  • Dining

    May 4, 2000

    Love at First Bite

    Da Marco woos one over drinks, seduces with menu

  • Dining

    March 16, 2000

    Drowning in Marinara

    The last thing downtown needs is another mediocre Italian eatery like Brothers Petronella

  • Dining

    February 17, 2000

    Get Sauced

    The Italian Cafe's traditional pastas will warm your heart and soul

  • Dining

    November 18, 1999

    Tapas Italianate?

    Osteria D'Aldo steals a page from the Spanish cookbook and serves its Italian wonders in small portions

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    September 23, 1999
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    April 15, 1999
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    November 26, 1998

    Island Italian

    Luigi's lights up the Strand

  • Dining

    September 17, 1998

    The Accidental Italian

    Gina Koutros is Greek, and she didn't like Italy. But you'd never know it from her restaurant.

  • Dining

    April 9, 1998

    Semper Fidelis

    Who needs innovation? Pasquale's stays faithful to the Italian classics.

  • Dining

    February 26, 1998

    Platonic Love

    Simposio establishes itself as a classic

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    February 12, 1998

    Pasta Point of No Return

    So much Italian food. So overcooked.

  • Dining

    February 5, 1998

    Conversion Experience

    I was a doubter, but Cafe Beignet won me over

  • Dining

    July 31, 1997

    Just Desserts

    Corelli's Italian Cafe offers something worth finishing

  • Dining

    April 20, 1995

    Plus Ca Change

    Birraporetti's has a new chef and a new look. But where's the wow?

  • Dining

    March 23, 1995

    Too Much Italian?

    Baci goes up against Houston's Italian glut -- and wins

  • Dining

    November 3, 1994

    The Fruit of Il Dio di Vin'

    Good pasta, iffy fish and much garlic make for a mixed menu

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    September 29, 1994

    Veni, Vidi Veneto

    The Heights' new Italian isn't Venice, but it isn't bad

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    August 11, 1994
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    June 23, 1994

    A Roma Therapy

    Collina's pint-size Italian cafe smells like home

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