1834 Westheimer Rd (at Driscoll St)
Houston, TX 77098
Locals count on Paulie's, a fast-casual cafe in Montrose, for consistently tasty Italian pasta dishes, both during their lunch hour when things get buzzy and for a laid-back dinner. This bright and cheery spot is also one of the cheapest Italian restaurants in Houston -- but that doesn't mean they skimp on quality. The pastas here are house-made, ranging from bucatini Amatriciana and canestri alla funghi to what might be the best rigatoni in the city. There's an affordable list of Italian coffees, wines, and beers on the menu, too.