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Best Places in Houston for Italian Food

Jenn Leach


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I absolutely love Italian food! Pasta, marinara sauce, italian spices and seasonings, tiramisu, I love it all!

In Houston there is no shortage of delicious, amazing Italian food. Here are the best places you’ve got to try for Italian food in Houston!

What I look for a great Italian restaurant

I’m not too picky.

I’m looking for a restaurant that has a nice sized menu because I like to try new things and it’s nice when I land on a menu with 3 or 4 different things I’d love to try. It makes me excited and looking forward to the next time I visit so I can try that next thing.

I want a mix of light and heavy dishes on the menu because your mood changes. One day you could be super hungry and the next day you could want lighter fare.

Lastly, the price is important.

I have mentioned before that I’m frugal. I don’t mind spending a little more on good food but if it’s exorbitant and not worth it, that will irritate me, like this recent occasion...

For our anniversary, my husband and I tried this Italian restaurant in Houston that I won’t name.

We both ordered seafood pasta with crab and shrimp. His dish had mussels too and more seafood. The bill was expensive. The food was not worth it, with soggy shrimp that was heavy fried then tossed in cream sauce, it was under seasoned and I didn’t eat past one bit sadly.

I don’t want this experience with food. And, you won’t find this in my round up below. Dive in!


Maggiano's is a franchise.

They serve the most delicious Italian food. I first discovered this place in San Antonio, Texas then again in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They have a huge menu, something for everyone, a huge dessert menu and delicious cocktails and drinks.

They are great to visit for amazing food, perfect for date night, a family night out, lunch with the girls, really any occasion.

Try this place if you get a chance. You will not be sorry.

My favorite: Lately, I have been loving the chicken piccata. It’s moist, well-seasoned chicken breasts with pasta in a lemon butter caper sauce. It’s not too heavy or rich. It’s so delicious, not salty at all and I absolutely love it!

Crust Pizza

Does pizza count as Italian? Yes of course!

Crust does pizza well. They have a location in Katy, Texas that my family and I have tried.

First of all, the restaurant is gorgeous. It’s tucked away in a little shopping center. They have outdoor seating too and it’s totally a vibe.

Their pizzas are a little pricey but the high quality, delicious ingredients are the reason why.

If you’re looking for delicious pizza a little different than your typical Pizza Hut or Papa Johns, this is the place!

Try it out when you’re in the area.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

I just tried this place over the weekend and it was incredible!

I actually only tried their pizza slice and chocolate cake but it was so good.

My husband and I wanted a light meal so we decided to opt for one of their giant pizza slices. This thing is huge and it can feed two people easily.

I haven’t found a restaurant that offers giant pizza slices so when I saw this on their menu along with confirming on Yelp seeing pictures, I knew I had to have it.

I had a margherita style pizza slice with fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil. It was super delicious and we gobbled it up fast.

The chocolate cake was immaculate, layered with a thick chocolate mousse-like dense frosting and moist deep, dark chocolate cake. It took two days to finish that cake slice. It was rich and decadent. Just the way I like chocolate cake.

I can’t wait until I try this place again. It was so good. Check it out if you’re in the Houston area.

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