Eater contributor Holly Beretto gives us the scoop on the D'Amico's location opening in Katy this fall.
Italian food lovers in Katy, rejoice! D'Amico's Italian Market Café, the popular Rice Village eatery, is opening in Katy. It will mark the next location for the establishment, after 16 successful years at the Rice Village location and a stint in the Heights. D'Amico's combines table service with a specialty shop, offering imported Italian cheeses, olive oils and deli meats. Over the years, it's become known as "Houston's Little Italy."
Owners Nash D'Amico and Brina D'Amico Donaldson, and Larry Martin and Edgar Carlson of HUSA Management said the 193-seat restaurant is in the Phase II portion of the expanding La Centerra at the Cinco Ranch town center. Expect an official opening between later this month and early October, with plans for lunch and dinner service seven days a week. The family-run restaurant's appeal fits nicely with those who want more of a community atmosphere in otherwise high-growth areas. "The Katy area is a very underserved market," said Edgar Carlson, co-owner of HUSA Management. "There's a lot of franchise and national chains. What we have found is that over the years, many people that lived inside the loop at one time now live in the suburbs with their kids, their two kids and their dog and a fence. They actually get very excited about a locally-owned authentic restaurant move out to the Katy area with them."
Carlson says the Katy space is actually similar to the original Rice Village location, with a shopping center with a lot of foot traffic. "That central green is going to be a major community center, drawing a lot of families and folks for major activities and events and bringing a lot attention to the location," he predicted. "And of course, the most important element is the Nash and D'Amico family recipes. Homemade pastas, handmade artisan pizzas, everything that he's been famous for over the years is going to be brought now out to Katy, and we hope it's going to be energizing to the locals that they have this option that they never really had."