• Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    An "Unoaked" Chardonnay Hits the Spot at Grotto

    It was difficult to find a seat Monday night at the bar at Grotto, the popular Houston mainstay. Between a couple of very friendly ladies dressed in bright blouses and a queue of middle-aged traveling businessmen who seemed eager to share a cocktail with them, two Houston food and wine professional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Passaporto Italia Kicks Off At Central Market: Buon Appetito!

    Italy has arrived at Central Market. Passaporto Italia kicked off on Wednesday, April 30, with a Prosecco tasting, followed by the "Italy Meets Texas" Sip and Stroll event on Thursday, May 1. For the next 11 days, Central Market will be filled with authentic Italian products, wine, coffee, cheese, p ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Navigating Chianti with the Houston Press Tasting Panel

    Just say the word Chianti and you evoke winding roads lined with cypress trees and old limestone farm houses in what is perhaps Italy's most photographed and photogenic region, Tuscany. Whether its mentions in pop culture (who can forget Hannibal Lecter's infamous pairing?) to the straw-flasked bot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    10 Years After its Inception, Rodeo Uncorked! Brings in More People Than Ever

    When you think of the rodeo, what do you picture? Cowboys? Longhorns? Children lassoing mutton? Giant turkey legs? How 'bout wine? Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile? Sparkling Rosé from New Zealand? What about Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso "Tenuta Belvedere" Bolgheri Superiore from Tuscan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Paul Petronella Tells the Story of How Camerata Wine Bar Came Into Being

    This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. In Part One of this week's Chef Chat, Paul Petronella of Paulie's and Camerata told the story of growing up in an Italian-American restaurant family, and what it was like to take over the family ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Truck Fest, Phoenicia's 30th Birthday & A Latte Art Throwdown

    8th Annual Katy Wine Festival @ The Tuscany Villa Friday, 7-11 p.m. 3330 FM 1463, Katy Cinco Ranch Rotary hosts this year's Katy Wine Festival, which features Italian wines from the Tuscany, Piedmont, Campania, Sicily, Veneto, Puglia and Umbria regions. Purchase an advanced general admission ticket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    The 10 Worst People in Houston Restaurants

    Houstonians love food. Dining out is one of our favorite pastimes, and we embrace it like it's the official sport of Houston. We are a city of "foodies," and thanks to us, the restaurant industry is thriving. Unfortunately, this insane love of food has also spawned a culture of restaurant monsters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Punch Parties and Greek Eats

    Can you believe it's been nearly 50 years since the first Greek Festival in Houston? Here we are on the 46th anniversary of the beloved festival, and it's bigger and better this year than ever -- but it's still only $5 at the gate, with kids getting in for free. The festival actually started yester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Climate Change, a Hard Fact for European Winemakers

    My wife, daughter, and I are on the last leg of a road trip that has taken us through ten of Italy's 20 regions, from the far northeast to Mt. Vesuvius on the western coast of the south, to the tip of the heel of the boot in Lecce (Apulia [Puglia]). Today we're in central Italy, along the Adriatic s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Giving Head: What Wine for Head Cheese?

    Of all the salacious nuggets that still thrill Babbo sycophants, the one that I regrettably can't erase from my memory is the tale of President Clinton and Mario Batali's testa, boiled pig's head. Evidently, in a celebration of the fratboy-sexist-misogynist mindset that drives the great brain (read ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    January 25, 2012

    The Worst Groupon Ad Ever?

    50 percent off sandwiches with a "vise-like grip"!​"My mom sent me this today," began the email from my co-worker, which he'd simply titled "How NOT To Write a Groupon Description." "She says the place is really terrific," he continued, "but this description...I mean..." The Groupon ad, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Top 5 Gifts for Wine Lovers

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Decanters by Riedel take wine service to a higher level of aesthetic pleasure. ​If you're ever invited to dine in someone's home in France, please don't bring a bottle of wine. Nothing will spur a French host to recoil in abject dishonor and displeasure than the gift of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffeehouses

    Photo by Kevin O'MaraA reminder of what our No. 3 pick used to look like.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Brunello di Montalcino

    This week finds me on my annual pilgrimage to Montalcino (in the province of Siena, Tuscany), land of one of the world's most famous and highly prized wines, Brunello di Montalcino. That's the ancient and now extinct volcano Mount Amiata in the photo (taken on Saturday morning at daybreak in the vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Odd Pair: Pappasito's Queso and 96 Sassicaia (Yes, It's True)

    ​One of my new-found Texas cousins' traditions is weeknight family dinner with Pappasito's take-out. And so, the other evening, when I just happened to have a rather remarkable bottle in my wine bag (reserved for my beloved Cousin Marty, the clan's patriarch, who recently and thankfully emerge ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 24, 2011

    Where to Get Your Caffeine Fix

    The Top Ten Coffeehouses in Houston

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    February 15, 2011

    The Top 10 Coffee Houses in Houston

    Photo by Gary R. WiseGreenway Coffee, one of Houston's leading coffee houses.​Last week's First Look at Black Hole Cafe prompted some interesting discussions in the comments section, namely a lively debate about the merits of weighing a just-opened coffee house against other, more established ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    First Look at Black Hole Cafe

    ​Does Montrose need another Inversion? The folks behind Black Hole Cafe (4504 Graustark, 713-528-0653) apparently think so. And since they're also the folks behind popular establishments Poison Girl and Antidote -- the former in Montrose, the latter in the Heights -- the new Black Hole Cafe wi ... More >>

  • News

    January 6, 2011

    Don't Kill the Messengers

    How bike couriers plan to survive the internet age.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    A New Home for Java Junkies in the West Side

    ​Tuscany Italian Bakery and Coffee (11150 Westheimer) has only been open for about a week. The little coffee shop at the corner of Wilcrest and Westheimer hasn't even had its grand opening celebration yet. But stopping in there yesterday for a reviving midafternoon latte, it seemed as if it ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Brunch At Anvil

    ​Edited: This article has been revised as a result of misinformation received by The Houston Press. Although Anvil Bar & Refuge hasn't started serving brunch quite yet, one thing's for sure: The mimosas are going to be damn good. Starting this Sunday, May 16, Anvil will be serving a Sunday b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #68: Indonesian Deviled Eggs at Rice Bowl II

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Spotlight on Desserts

    ​With winter comes that extra sumpthin'-sumpthin' that keeps us warm at night. It's called the dessert layer. That's right: As the temperature drops, so does our metabolism. (Thud.) And while we fall in and out of love with desserts on a regular basis, the current State of Sweet around town is ... More >>

  • News

    November 12, 2009
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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Bivalve Throwdown: Oysters With a Side of Intrigue at Stella Sola

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​In the heat of battle last night, the oysters -- and the chefs -- kept their cool. The fourth such event organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds, the Bivalve Throwdown at Stella Sola on Sunday afternoon saw 11 of the city's best chefs compete to create ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Steam Punks: Baristas Throw Down at Houston's First Latte Art Competition

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttSilence Huang points out good and bad characteristics on a calibration cup of latte.​Judging a latte art competition is deceptively difficult, as we found out on Friday night. Silence Huang, one of our fellow judges and a master barista from Taiwan, drew careful diagram ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

    Photo by Robb Walsh​When I heard that Tuscany Coffee barista David Buehrer had never attended an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, I invited him to meet me at Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant on Richmond. We were seated in backless stools at a traditional low, round table in the back of the restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    The Belly of the Beast

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt A packed dining room at Catalan on Monday night​People swarmed the table full of pork and beans at last night's long-awaited Pork Belly Throwdown at Catalan like bees on a hive. Dishes such as Vermont maple-glazed Kurobuta pork belly shared space with whole suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Rising Star Barista at the Greenway Plaza Food Court

    Photos by Robb WalshDavid BuehrerThere were a couple of coffee connoisseurs sampling the espresso blends at Tuscany Coffee in the Greenway Plaza food court when I stopped by to check it out. "We come by to sample the espresso every day," they told me. And they aren't the only ones. Barista David Bue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Big Bertha at Saint ArnoldThis weekend marks the end of the nearly week-long Wine and Food Week in The Woodlands. And since most people haven't been able to attend the events that took place during the week, it's a sure bet that the Waterway will be packed to the gills with food and wine conn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    The Meatball Debate

    Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen by Pino Luongo and Mark Straussman is a cookbook written by two Italian restaurant owners in New York. Pino is a purist from Tuscany, Mark is a populist from Queens. And the two men don't see eye to eye on meatballs. For Mark's American customers, meatballs are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Evacuate From Ike? Let's See, Go To A Hotel Or A Nursing Home Shut Down For Code Violations?

    Hurricane Ike was a time of coming together, where folks dug deep to lend a helping hand and neighbors acted, well ... neighborly.But not everyone, according to one Galveston County woman.Estelle Reeves is suing her former employer for allegedly firing her following the storm after she says she disc ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2007
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    December 21, 2006

    Business Alliances

    Just by talking to Millennium Energy Ventures, you could become a listed client

  • Dining

    February 17, 2005
  • Film

    May 6, 2004

    Fear Factors

    Conspiracy and greed confront the wonder of childhood in I'm Not Scared

  • Film

    September 25, 2003

    The Italian Rob

    Under the Tuscan Sun indulges in Italian pleasures while insulting its source material

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Fish Story

    La Mora

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    January 18, 2001

    Conditional Amore

    Best as a neighborhood joint

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    February 17, 2000


    Pacific Dim

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    February 25, 1999

    It's a Grill!

    Once again, Prego is reborn

  • Dining

    February 11, 1999
  • Dining

    October 10, 1996

    Collage Cuisine

    Crostini mixes a little Italian with a little Thai and a little Texas for food all its own

  • Dining

    July 4, 1996

    Hot Stuff

    The name's Italian, but that's not all that stokes Fiamma's flame

  • Film

    June 27, 1996

    Mood Over Matter

    Stealing Beauty offers more scenery than plot

  • Dining

    April 25, 1996

    More than Dough

    The city's ongoing bagel explosion gives us a few things to chew on

  • Dining

    April 18, 1996

    Mix and Match

    The name may be Italian, but at Tuscany Grill, the food's global

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