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The 7 Best Italian Restaurants in Houston

By Jaya Armstead and Valeria Baltodano | March 17, 2021 | Food & Drink Feature

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, enjoy our list of Houston’s best Italian restaurants.

1. Coppa Osteria

The brainchild of restaurateur duo Charles Clark and Grant Cooper, this Rice Village eatery serves up crowd favorites like burrata pomodoro, fritto misto and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Pasta and pizza dough is handmade daily in the Dough Room (yes, that’s right), which is also available for private dining events. Buonissimo! 5210 Morningside Drive, 713.522.3535,

2. Osso & Kristalla

Backed by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, this downtown hot spot boasts a convenient location right across from Minute Maid Park. A modern take on a traditional trattoria, Osso & Kristalla serves lunch and dinner with top menu items including pastas, salads and wood-fired pizzas. Enjoy discounted drinks and light bites during happy hour, weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. 1515 Texas Ave., 713.221.6666,

3. Ostia

Making a highly anticipated debut, chef Travis McShane’s new Mediterranean concept officially opened its doors in Montrose this September. Ostia is the Houston native’s first solo project, where a rotating menu specializes in seasonal, farm-to-table offerings such as roasted chicken, braised eggplant, seafood risotto, harissa shrimp and ribeye with anchovy-garlic butter. 2032 Dunlavy St., 713.324.9288, ostiahou.‌com

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4. Potente

Sister restaurant to Osso & Kristalla, Astros owner Jim Crane introduced a more upscale dining experience in a sophisticated Italian Villa inspired setting. Overseen by Chef Danny Trace, the modern Italian restaurant uses only local ingredients and offers top-quality wine, decadent pasta, and amazing desserts. Featured as one of the best pastas in the country by The Food Network, their iconic Spaghetti al Tartufo Nero is a must, along their Sphera Dolce Dessert that will leave you in awe. 1515 Texas Ave, 713- 237-1515,

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5. Coltivare

Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber, founders of Revival Market, open a rustic Italian trattoria with a focus on a farm-to-table concept from their own 3,000 square foot backyard garden. Offering the freshest ingredients, this neighborhood restaurant in the Heights is known for their amazing pasta, wood fired pizza and their Texas-size meatballs, along with their wide selection of high-end wine. 3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, 832- 203-7890,

6. Cavatore

If you’re looking for a cozy, rustic setting and classic Italian food, this neighborhood gem is for you. With 33 years of service in the city, its reputation and service continue to attract Houstonians. Join them for live music every night from 6:30 to 9:30pm and enjoy a wide array of antipasti, fresh pastas, pizza, and more. Make sure to try their famous Caesar salad and lasagna! 2120 Ella Blvd, 713-869-6622,

7. La Griglia

A Houston favorite for decades, the award-winning River Oak’s trattoria serves authentic Italian cuisine that never ceases to impress. Featuring an artsy, relaxed environment, join their patio or dining room and enjoy some of the guest’s favorites, including their wild mushroom lasagna and specialty mussels. Join them for happy hour daily from 3-7pm, and sip on some wine, Italian beer, and specialty cocktails. 2002 West Gray St, 713-526-4700,

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