Coltivare Pizza & Garden
This quite literal fresh-from-the-garden eatery is the best example of why you shouldn’t discount Italian in Houston. Each season, Coltivare’s (Italian for “to grow”) heart-healthy menu gets a constant refresh as their ingredients come straight from the restaurant’s idyllic 3,000-square-foot garden. And if it’s not grown in the yard, the rustic flavors are carefully sourced from local farms or made in-house, such as meaty and nutty charcuteries from sibling concept Revival Market. Don’t come here expecting your grandma’s Sunday gravy or hulking veal chops. Instead, you’ll find shareable plates in the form of bubbly wood-fired pies, unrivaled Casarecce, plump Ravioli, whole-roasted fish, and decadent Chocolate Rum Cake.
How to order: Order take-out via Toast.
One good thing to come out of the absolute dumpster fire that has been the past year and change is Coltivare’s pivot from its no-reservations policy. Meaning, yes—you can now fully guarantee access to the borderline euphoric eats, whether that’s a rustic, chubby pie loaded with local squash and smoked mozz and paired with Black Pepper Spaghetti and a seasonally refreshed tipple, or a classic Revival Pepperoni and some made-from-scratch Focaccia used to sop up your side piece of Drunken Mussels.
How to book: Order take-out via Toast.