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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Houston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Damian's Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2954)
$31 to $50
Italian
Montrose
About the restaurant
Since 1983, Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Izzy Morfin.
Top review
HAM102613
Dined 7 days ago
Great time! Delicous food and excellent service. Wish they still made the Caesar salad table side.
A photo of Arturo Boada Cuisine restaurant
4.9
4.9 (765)
$31 to $50
Italian
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
This neighborhood eatery serves up an eclectic blend of Italian, Spanish and Latin cuisine not to be missed. Try unique tapas like the camarones henesy en hamaca, mussels tomatillo, ceviche and many more. The wood burning-oven puts out authentic thin crust pizzas, with favorites such as the carnitas pizza. We offer a flavorful selection of fresh seafood and steaks. Our home made desserts are a must, from wood oven baked apple pastry to Arturo’s famous crème brulee. The hand picked wine list offers a variety of boutique and exclusive wineries. We are very happy to accommodate any of your special requests.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Lamb chops and gazpacho were outstanding. First time and we will be back!
A photo of Trattoria la Vigna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1429)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Trattoria La Vigna is your very own little slice of Italy in Downtown Galveston. We offer delicious lunch specials, fresh pasta made daily, homemade desserts, and much more! ​
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PATTIP
Dined 5 days ago
Every meal at Trattoria la Vigna is a special occasion. This is our favorite spot and we often make the drive to Galveston just to dine there.
A photo of Mia Bella Trattoria - Greenway Plaza restaurant
4.8
4.8 (966)
$30 and under
Italian
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
About the restaurant
Mia Bella Trattoria – which translates as “My Beautiful” Trattoria, is a delightful combination of Italian tradition and regional American twists. With multiple locations, the dining destinations are fun, intimate and moderately priced just like the traditional Trattorias where Italian families gathered for wine and delicious food. In a tradition of his own making, Owner/Chef Youssef Nafaa has created an exciting menu of familiar foods pushed to a new level with daring preparations and imaginative ingredients. Wine lovers will find a pleasingly extensive list of evenly priced wines while those seeking cocktails will find the same combination of classic recipes and creative mixings which set the menus apart.
Top review
NoelM
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent staff and service. Always come here for especial occasions
A photo of Potente restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1862)
$50 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Potente is a sophisticated and upscale Italian restaurant located in downtown Houston led by Executive Chef Danny Trace. Every dish is locally sourced and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Try our chef favorite homemade pasta with black truffles shaved table side, petite filet with pistachio gremolata and homemade desserts sure to delight!

Our attire is relaxed formal. Shorts, hats, sneakers, torn clothing and sweat pants not permitted.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Upscale ambiance, delicious foods beautifully presented, along with courteous and knowledgeable staffs contributed to a wonderful dining experience. A definite star on your list of favorite restaurants.
A photo of AMORE Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (569)
$31 to $50
Italian
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
About the restaurant
Amore Italian Restaurant is an elegant concept from reknown Houston chef, Alfredo Mojica.

We offer authentic Italian cuisine that is simple yet elevated.

Enjoy handmade pastas, wood-burning hand made pizzas, imported fresh fish and of course-- truffles!

Get seated next to our golden pizza oven and add black or white truffles to any dish of your choosing.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food, the service was excellent, Ricardo and Raul were very attentive
A photo of Pane e Vino restaurant
4.9
4.9 (908)
$31 to $50
Italian
Katy
About the restaurant
Welcome to Pane e Vino, where the essence of Italy meets the art of boutique winemaking. Nestled in the heart of Katy, TX, our Modern Ristorante Italiano offers an exquisite dining experience that combines authentic Italian cuisine with a selection of expertly crafted cocktails and a carefully curated selection of exceptional wines. Each dish is crafted with passion and precision, celebrating the rich culinary heritage of Italy while embracing contemporary flavors.

Join us for a memorable journey through the tastes and traditions of Italy, where every visit is a celebration of food, wine, and exceptional service. Buon Appetito!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
New menu items are a great touch. Always a fantastic meal here
A photo of Via Emilia - The Woodlands restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2449)
$31 to $50
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via Emilia Italian Restaurant is known for their house-made pastas, braised meats, seafood specialties, and delicious desserts. The family-owned restaurant served Houston diners for over 13 years before moving to their current location in the Woodlands. We welcome you to experience the most authentic northern Italian cuisine in the Woodlands - no passport required.
Top review
Debivip
Dined 7 days ago
We love Via Emilia’s!! So happy to be closer so we can enjoy great Italian again …….and to see our favorite Bar Manager, Estavan.
A photo of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1419)
$31 to $50
Italian
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
The western coast of Italy summons visions of gorgeous views, salty air, and the freshest seafood & produce imaginable. Leave your passport at the door – Executive Chef/Owner Giancarlo Ferrara invites you to experience the tastes, aromas, and passions of his homeland right here in Houston through a culinary experience years in the making. The inspired menu at Amalfi emphasizes fresh seafood, vivid citrus, and cozy olive oil in addition to fresh pastas, an assortment of meats, family-made cheeses, cleanly crafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful wine list. Here at Amalfi we strive to offer a warm setting in which to celebrate and cherish both everyday moments and significant milestones. Please visit soon; we look forward to sharing our kitchen with you.
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Gierusvip
Dined 3 days ago
It was great! Old world charm, excellent food and service. Great martinis too!!
A photo of Brossa's Cibo-e-Vino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (145)
$30 and under
Italian
Brenham
About the restaurant
Fresh Italian bistro in beautiful Brenham, TX. House-made pastas, sandwiches, soups and salads set in a a quaint converted craftsman home. Pair a bottle from our incredible wine list with our Wild Boar Pappardelle, Eggplant Parm or fresh branzino.
Top review
Dave
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
We are from Maui and we’re visiting to meet friends we hadn’t seen for years and Brenham was a middle ground to meet up. Looked on Open Table and this was one of the only restaurants on the app. I was a little concerned after us saw a street view as it looks like a converted house. Wow, what a surprise!! It is in a converted house but it simply amazing. My wife who coordinates the Kapalua Wine Festival on Maui was impressed with the wine selection. The server was so friendly, patient (we had a 4 year old with us), and very knowledgeable of the menu. I don’t think my glass of iced tea was ever empty before she had another to replace it. The food came out quickly and was nice and hot. Now, the mussels were awesome and a HUGE portion, more than enough for the four of us. I had the sausage, pepper, and pasta dish. Handmade noodles and the sauce was one of the best I’ve ever had. My wife had a salad and the tomato bisque which was off the chart good. We were so impressed, we talked about lunch all the way back to Austin! If you are ever in Brenham, you have to give this place a try.
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