Luigi's Cucina Italiana
Situated in River Oaks, Luigi's exterior may look like a standard suburban Houston home, but walk inside and you'll be transported to an old-world Italian mansion, where fancier locals dine on high-end plates. Wood beams crisscross the vaulted ceiling high above clothed tables holding dishes like veal scaloppini piccata and succulent grilled duck with a raspberry reduction sauce. Just because it's upscale doesn't mean it isn't comforting either: besides the food, there's even a corner fireplace keeping this spacious restaurant cozy.
River Oaks residents line up here for an impressive range of classic and chic Italian plates, such as crabmeat-engorged Linguini, Tortellini Piemontese dazzling in cream sauce, and succulent veal options shimmering in red wine glaze, finely chopped onions, and earthy mushrooms. Though it’s a bit on the fancy side, it’s also super comforting. Warmed by a corner fireplace and sporting a wood-paneled, moody interior that evokes the Renaissance, this family-run stunner makes for an off-the-charts date night.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.