If your love language is heaping plates of pasta and endless glasses of wine, this dark, romantic Italian eatery from the Berg Hospitality team is right up your alley. As an added bonus, the covered terrace is charming as all hell, complete with pergolas, verdant botanicals, and a picturesque olive tree at its center, plus heaters, fans, and a misting station. Pair salumis, woodfired pizzas, and ocean-fresh seafood with mains like Cacio e Pepe and a gorgonzola-topped Ribeye alongside modern riffs on cocktail classics (hotshot mixologist Alba Huerta of Julep fame consulted on the drinks, so you won’t want to miss those).
A new contestant swimming in Houston’s ever growing Italian restaurant scene, this rustic palace has been drawing ravenous crowds with their intriguing cocktail list, fresh pastas, and juicy proteins. Eye-popping selections include Crispy Cheese Fritters, pizzas piled high with all the hits (definitely tipping our hats to the Prosciutto Pie dripping with spicy honey), Cacio e Pepe, Campanelle tossed in lamb ragu, and Pan-roasted Monkfish laced with a zippy concoction of mint, basil, and parsley. For a final dose of deliciousness, dip into some Frozen Coffee Tiramisu.