When you think of Houston, Italian food is probably not what comes to mind. But one of the best parts of living in Houston is just how diverse the restaurant scene is. Whether you’re in the mood for upscale Italian cuisine or a cozy neighborhood pizzeria, there are some truly delicious options out there. Take a look at our list of Houston Italian restaurants.
Italian Restaurants in Houston
1. Cavatore Italian Restaurant
A Houston veteran at 33 years old, Cavatore Italian Restaurant is cozy comfort food at its finest. The restaurant is a converted barn. The food is classic Italian, with spaghetti and marinara, lasagna, pizza, fettuccine alfredo, and ravioli. The restaurant is especially well-known for its Caesar salad, so don’t forget to order a serving.
Where: 2120 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Coltivare is all about “fresh.” The restaurant’s name means “to grow,” and the restaurant owners live up to that by growing their own produce in an onsite garden. Whatever they can’t grow themselves, they source from local farms. The menu changes with the seasons, but this rustic trattoria is known for its wood-fired pizza, extensive wine selection, and delicious pasta. You can also enjoy a seasonal fruit crostata, an Italian pie served with Mexican ice cream.
Where: 3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
3. Coppa Osteria
Coppa Osteria lets customers see into their “dough room” and watch the pizza and pasta being made. Favorites here include the beef carpaccio, the pepperoni and goat cheese pizza, the cheese board, and the spaghetti carbonara. Expect plenty of meat, cheese, and carbs, as well as some very reasonably priced wine.
Where: 5210 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
4. Enoteca Rossa
Enoteca Rossa is newer to the Houston scene, but as Houston Italian restaurants go, it has a lot to offer. Espresso, pizza, wine, and delicious seafood dishes make this a restaurant that’s sure to stand out. You can even find dishes with a local twist, such as crawfish risotto.
Where: 4566 Bissonnet St, Bellaire, TX 77401
5. La Griglia
La Griglia is a longtime Houston favorite, and for good reason. A relaxed atmosphere, authentic Italian food, and a tasty wine and cocktails list make this a go-to for Italian food lovers. Try a pork chop (or a boar chop if you’re especially hungry), short rib agnolotti, or wild mushroom lasagna.
Where: 2002 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
6. North Italia
Trendy and casual, North Italia focuses on making shareable, homemade Italian dishes with a modern twist. Enjoy light, airy pizzas with toppings like asparagus and pistachio, truffled garlic bread, and tagliatelle in Bolognese. Mussels and bruschetta are also on the menu. For added entertainment, you can get a seat facing the kitchen. The window there lets you peek in on the chefs going about their jobs.
Where: 1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste 190, Houston, TX 77056
Ostia opened its doors in 2020 with the goal to produce seasonal, farm-to-table Mediterranean food. The menu includes roast chicken, braised eggplant, pizza, pasta, and more. Of course, it changes depending on the time of year. The restaurant was opened by Houston native Travis McShane as his very first solo project.
Where: 2050 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006
A well-loved favorite, Paulie’s is comfort food at its best. From hoagies to BLTs to shortbread cookies, Paulie’s offers up food that’s tasty and filling without any frills. It’s cheap, it’s fast, and it’s delicious. Expect homemade pasta, big portion sizes, and reasonably priced wine and beer.
Where: 1834 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
If you’re in the mood for fine dining, Potente is the Italian restaurant for you. Modeled after an Italian villa, this restaurant offers a luxurious dining experience. Fine wine, caviar, lobster bisque, and homemade pasta with truffles shaved tableside are all standard fare at Potente.
Where: 1515 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
Tony’s is the gold standard for Italian restaurants in Houston. After more than 50 years in business, it’s still going strong, with a wine list that never fails to impress, incredible in-house pasta, and delicious dishes like duck press, pan-seared Dover sole, porcini pasta, and salt-crusted snapper. Enjoy Italian classics in a fine-dining environment.
Where: 3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77046
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