When in need of a little comfort, Italian food almost always offers an easy solution: a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs in a soppable, savory red sauce or a plate full of rich carbonara with a side of warm, herb-crusted foccacia can settle a restless stomach or broken heart. Thankfully, when it comes to Italian, Houston’s got range.
Cozy hangout spots reminiscent of trattorias, like La Griglia, Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino, and Trattoria Sofia, are nestled throughout the city’s neighborhoods, serving up everything from flavorful Mediterranean-style bites and bruschettas to vibrant pizzas and al dente pasta combinations that harken back to Naples and Milan. On the other end of things, glitzier establishments like Potente and Tony’s offer refined takes on classics like cacio e pepe.
And many local Italian restaurants are simply creating spaces where locals are happy to convene, with welcoming bars and back patios, disarming lighting, homey decor, complimentary appetizers, and table-side service. Now, that’s amore.
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