For a true Lady and the Tramp experience, it has to be Italian, right? Intero is the best of the bunch, with saucy handmade pastas for you to slurp until you “accidentally” kiss and end up with sauce allover your faces. They also have pizza and meat-focused dishes like Wagyu Beef Shoulder and Risotto with smoked rabbit, though ingredients may vary due to seasonal availability. Local chocolatier Krystal Craig is in charge of dessert—don’t miss her famous chocolate truffles in daring flavors like Earl Gray Tea and Peanut Butter and Honey.
How to order: Order takeout via Toast.
Both a date night-worthy experience and a neighborhood joint to frequent on the regs, Intero’s seasonal menu focuses on farm-to-table fare that’s as good for the environment as it is for the soul. Taste the rainbow here with items like Smoked Acorn Squash, Steamed Gulf Snapper with kale and turnip, and Roasted Beets, or indulge in the flavorful handmade pasta selection. Dessert is an absolute treat, with chocolatier Krystal Craig’s artisan truffles coming highly recommended.
Let’s get to the best part of the season: non-stop chocolate-eating, all justified by the excuse, “It’s the holidays!” Italian mecca Interno certainly gets it, and their Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Bark sets prove their prowess. Choose between cinnamon, peppermint, and vanilla chai barks, while truffles span classic flavors, Italian-inspired nibbles, seasonal tastes, and even vegan option for those who like their milk chocolate minus the milk. The stand-out however, might be the gold-dusted, cowboy boot-shaped chocolates, which are the perfect accent to any holiday celebration in the Lone Star state.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Order pick-up online.