Italian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Renato De Pirro of Ristorante Cavour

    Photo by Matthew DresdenSicilian smoked swordfish and eggplant involtini. Note the Sichuan peppercorn "sea foam" on top.​After our energetic and wide-ranging discussion (covered in Chef Chat, Parts One and Two), Chef De Pirro brought out a few of Ristorante Cavour's representative dishes, each ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Renato De Pirro of Ristorante Cavour

    Photo by Matthew DresdenRistorante Cavour executive chef Renato De Pirro.​Last April, Renato De Pirro took over for David Denis as executive chef at Ristorante Cavour, the jewel box of a restaurant inside Uptown Park's Hotel Granduca. Whereas the Provence-born Denis had turned out sumptuous Fr ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 21, 2011

    Capri in Spring

    Little restaurant outside town turns out spectacular Italian food.

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    April 8, 2011

    First Look at Sapori

    The vitello tonnato is back.​It looks like Chef Alberto Baffoni might have finally landed in a spot suited perfectly for his talents after years of bouncing around, most recently at the ill-fated Bohemia, after leaving his initial Houston post at Simposio (which is also now closed): Saprori Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Houston: #2: Pumpkin Risotto at Prego

    ​I adore pumpkin. It's orange (my favorite color), healthful (fiber! Vitamin A!), and associated with two lovely, food-centric holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving). Starting around October, I always find myself on the hunt for pumpkin-flavored foods, and this autumn is no exception. So, betwe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    First Look at Piola

    Photos courtesy of Piola because I also managed to forget my camera last night on top of everything else.​Between a dead car battery and an inhaler emergency (thanks for nothing, Walgreen's) last night, I didn't make it to Piola (3201 Louisiana, 713-524-8222) either on time or in my typical ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Michaelangelo: A Masterpiece at Gelato Blu

    The Michaelangelo on the left, the chocolate-peanut butter (another favorite) on the right.​With the last few ragingly hot weekends of the year (hopefully) coming to an end, I celebrated with one of my favorite summer treats over the weekend: gelato. Gelato Blu (5710 Memorial Drive, Suite B) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio of Sabetta Café & Wine Bar

    Sausage antipasti.​Chef Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio of Sabetta Café & Wine Bar is on a mission to bring his customers authentic Italian food. He describes it as Italian home cooking, the kind you would find in your grandmother's kitchen (if you grandmother was Italian, that is). From the food to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Pan-Seared Branzino at Ristorante Cavour

    ​The tart heirloom tomatoes gushed warm, juicy deliciousness over the flaky flesh of the branzino. The tenderly sautéed tomatoes were a great textural contrast to the crisply seared fish skin, both of which complemented the firmness of the fish. On the side was a shaved fennel salad simply ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Five Delicious Alternatives to Wheat Pasta

    Photo by avlxyzWe're here to help support those daily pad thai cravings.​That's right; it's gluten-free time again here at Eating Our Words. But unlike our previous few posts which have been GF product assessments, we're instead going to spotlight some of our favorite (and occasionally overloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    ​Despite what you may think, this is not a website warning you about butter. You know about the fat, calories, and clotted arteries. No, this is the website for La Vista Restaurant. And it's very accurate. Our dining companions had been raving about the dinner they had at the La Vista at 126 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Fall Wine Tasting at Simposio Ristorante

    ​In 2007, Vasco Luti, owner of Simposio Ristorante, opened the restaurant's new location in an unlikely shopping center at the corner of Westheimer and Dunvale. Historically, this native Tuscan focused on Northern Italian cuisine, but last night, Simposio debuted some new wines and Southern It ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2009

    Lingering Over the Linguine

    Lynette Hawkins's new wine bar Giacomo's Cibo e Vino captures the Italian spirit of drinking, eating and hanging around.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Easy Risotto: An Oxymoron?

    Photo by Robb Walsh​My friend Paul Howell makes risotto all the time. Pumpkin risotto and mushroom risotto are two of his favorites. I have always found the labor-intensive stirring and adding of liquid required for perfect risotto a little tedious. But Paul introduced me to the pressure coo ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 13, 2009

    The Scoop

    We all scream for Houston's best ice cream

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    An Ice Cream, An Espresso and A Hookah

    Photo by Robb Walsh​While researching this week's ice cream feature, I went looking for Trentino Gelato's dulce de leche -- it's an Argentine-style caramel flavor gelato with big hunks of melted chocolate all through it. I called two of Trentino's biggest distributors, Cricket Creamery and Cof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Top 10 Ice Cream Experiences in Houston

    This week, Robb Walsh explores the vast world of Houston's ice cream parlors in the feature story, "The Scoop." In the course of writing his article, he ate more ice cream than Napoleon Bonaparte did at the Ziggy Pig in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (but didn't get a pin afterwards). He imparts t ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 18, 2009

    Hollister Hospitality

    Customers love to get coddled at this new neighborhood grill in Spring Branch.

  • Dining

    June 11, 2009

    Big Flavors, Little Tables

    Marco Wiles expands his Westheimer restaurant empire with another great Italian joint.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Cafe: What's a Salumeria?

    Photo by Luiz CastroPoscol, Marco Wiles's fabulous new Italian joint on Westheimer, is the subject of this week's Cafe review. While I raved about the food I ate there, I also whined about the cured meats. Wiles calls the place an enoteca (wine bar) and salumeria (cured meat shop). But if you have e ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    October 9, 2008
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    August 21, 2008
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    August 7, 2008

    Crash Course at Ristorante Cavour

    Get a real Italian experience -- in both food and service

  • Dining

    January 17, 2008


    An old favorite has opened at a new location, but is its upscale Northern Italian fare still worth the price?

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Celebration of Beer Dinner

    Chef Igor Rosi proves Italians know beer as well as wine

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008
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    December 20, 2007
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    October 4, 2007

    Antica Osteria

    Rice Spaghetti

  • Dining

    August 9, 2007

    On Top of Spaghetti

    At Antonio's Flying Pizza, we ponder what cheese pizzas and cheese enchiladas have in common

  • Dining

    May 3, 2007


    Pork Chop Extraordinaire

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    March 29, 2007


    Nino's turns 30, and Houstonians want gelato with their Italian birthday cake

  • Dining

    June 8, 2006

    Gelato Grotto

    There's a dark cave in Rice Village where you can linger over ice cream and espresso

  • Dining

    March 2, 2006

    The Crudo at Bice

    A new excuse to go to the Galleria and play dress-up

  • Dining

    February 23, 2006

    How Sweet It Is

    Marco Wiles is knocking them dead with his new casual pizzeria in Montrose

  • Dining

    February 16, 2006
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    August 18, 2005
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    May 26, 2005

    All You Have to Do Is Ask

    Carmelo's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining

    April 14, 2005

    Less Price, Less Spice

    Two Mandola-family restaurants provide a lesson in what we're paying for when we eat out

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    September 16, 2004

    Osso Buco Me? Osso Buco You!

    Our food critic gets tossed out of another restaurant

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    The Cow Says "Oink"

    Which Houston restaurants are swapping pork for veal?

  • Dining

    December 11, 2003

    Come Back to Sorrento

    The latest addition to the "Restaurant District" on lower Westheimer is a gem

  • Dining

    October 30, 2003

    Houston Vice

    Vizio can't seem to keep ingredients in stock -- even on slow nights

  • Dining

    October 16, 2003

    Sandwich On Demand

    The District 7 Grill must have muffulettas

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Gelato

    Nundini Food Store

  • Dining

    May 8, 2003

    Ice Cream Sandwich

    Nundini Food Store's panini are good, but their gelati are great

  • Dining

    April 10, 2003

    Wet Noodle

    Spaghetti marinara is pretty hard to mess up, but they've found a way at Palazzo's Italian Café

  • Dining

    February 13, 2003

    Insanely Good

    Josephine's Italian Ristorante

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002

    The Luck of the Gnocchi

    Italian-South Americans can take pride in chef Ricardo Giannotti

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