B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar

4.2
140 reviews
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Located in Houston’s Energy Corridor at 14795 Memorial Drive, B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar and B.B. Pizza (formerly Carmelo’s Cucina Italiana) is set to open at the end of April 2019. B.B. Italia will offer a fresh take on classic, Italian-American food using only the best ingredients in a lively, approachable atmosphere. Within a month of opening, B.B. Italia will also launch an all-new weekend brunch menu along with a happy hour menu to be enjoyed in the bar area. Located inside the restaurant, B.B. Pizza will offer authentic, New York-style pizza, subs and calzones available to order for pickup or delivery. Proprietor Benjamin Berg and his brother, partner and Executive Chef Daniel Berg are committed to sourcing only the highest-quality, Italian products paired with the best local ingredients available.
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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was flavorful and the wait staff polite.

EJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice staf

Even valet attendant so nice!

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P
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately on the very American side of the italian cuisine. Not a lot of flavor and a carpaccio should NEVER come with a white dressing! Where is the olive oil?

RM
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went tor my 26th wedding anniversary,my first anniversary was at this very location. Had high hopes but no. Good points we were warmly greeted and the interior is beautiful. After that not so much. Service was acceptable but not personable well trained though. Wine was great and a good selection. Food was bland but trendy not old world Italian which I miss. The veal chop was a great piece of meat but the pasta and parmigiana treatment did not complete it. Bread was garlic plus garlic butter but was dense. Eggplant was too thick. Dessert was stale . When asked we pointed that out but it died there. Valet was difficult as cars came from all directions and my wife had to get into the car in the rain. I only write all of this because I respect the new owners and hope they can adjust.

CB
Houston
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Silvia was exceptional helping 6 women with their orders. Patient and knowledgeable of the dishes.

KL
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Albeit the location being outside the loop, I am so glad we decided to try out B. B's latest dining concept. Our party decided on the Houston Restaurant Week menu which was huge. Everyone got something different which allowed us to try a little bit of everything. I opted for the caprese appetizer which was okay but I was thoroughly impressed with main entree of the vodka rigatoni. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce was divine.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded 4 days ago

We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. We hope to see you again soon!

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S
Houston
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was very good. Veal scallopini was TOUGH! Very disappointed.

ER
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I attend B.B. Italia on a Saturday night for Houston Restaurant week with a pretty large party. I enjoyed my meal and drinks, pasta was a little too aldente for my preference. Service was really good. However, there was nothing extraordinary that made me want to return. I hate saying that because I really wanted to find another Italian restaurant that I would love to return to. With that being said I plan to return and give it another try and see if I find something that will make me love it.

PD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. The service was good. The noise level was excessive. The parking was poor.

J
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here and we went for Houston’s Restaurant Weeks. I ordered the bacon parmigiana and was deeply unimpressed! It was described as bacon with mozzarella and tomato sauce, which it was such, but the “bacon” was about 1.5 inches thick! Not typical bacon texture or what I was expecting. The menu should of described it better. However, our waitress saw I didn’t eat much and insisted I get something else!!! She was awesome! She let me get the caprese salad, which was great flavor, but only had three small tomato slices. I also got the Sunday Ragu which was good flavor, but it’s like they put the noodles in sauce and then drained it! There was hardly any sauce, which is expected of a ragu. I did enjoy the third course of tiramisu, it was not too strong, which I liked. Overall, the service was great, but the food needs improvement.

MH
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I was expecting more since it part of the BB family.
Dishes seemed basic... nothing to say expect each dish was blah, definitely not worth the drive for from the Galleria area.
I wont be going again. I will stick to B&B Buthers and BB Lemon.
The one saving grace was Victor our waiter... he was on point!

SA
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place for lunch. I can’t say it was out of this world which is the reason for my 4 stars. My Parma pizza was okay but the sauce was very bland. My friends pepperoni was good but this was odd since it seemed like it would have been the same sauce. I’ve had the fish fish here before which was really good. The service was awesome!! Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. I will come again!

m
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend to lunch for her 50th bday and to try HRW menu. They treated us so well and the food was very good. Would definitely recommend and will plan to go back when in that part of town.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 8, 2019

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again!

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TR
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed visit. Staff let us talk even after all other customers had left. Will return for lunch again.

Food delicious, portions large.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 8, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to rate us and for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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KM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noisy - no soft surfaces. Food is good. Service is excellent. I would suggest this place if you live/work in the area, but not worth the drive outside the loop and Memorial traffic.

LV
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We went for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Service was slow and food was a bit too salty. Waiter dropped our to go top on the floor and instead of bringing a new one, he just used it on our to go food.

S
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

I went to enjoy a HRW lunch and was disappointed in my main entree. The chicken was dry and had very little flavor. I was pretty much ok with that but the noise level was huge. I was having an important meeting and I wanted to hear but it was very tough. And the restaurant wasn't even full. I'll have to give them another try because the service was very good.

TT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining here and we absolutely loved it. From the impeccable service to the incredibly delicious food, this place surely did not disappoint. The food was fresh, delicious and may very well have been the best Vodka sauce I have had to date. I cannot say enough good things about this place. We will most definitely be back!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 6, 2019

This review made our day! We’re glad you loved our Vodka sauce. Thank you for taking the time to rate us and for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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SB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 5, 2019

We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you again soon!

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a
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food great service

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for your review and 5 stars! We’re so glad you had a great experience. We will see you next time!

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IL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. It was great to have a conversation at normal level without any background noise. Will visit again.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting and rating BB Italia! We hope to see you again soon!

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B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Houston!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 5, 2019

This review made our day! Thank you for taking the time to rate us and for your kind words. We hope to see you back soon!

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AH
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tied this new spot for Houston Restaurant Weeks and had high expectations because we love B&B! The food and service was wonderful. The hRW menu is a great way to try a variety of their menu items. Veal was tender and flavorful I had the Marsala sauce. Chicken Parm and Eggplant Parm big hit. Ref sauce is so fresh and light. Salads were inventive and reminded me of B&B. We had an enjoyable evening and will be going back soon.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again!

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PC
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Food was delicious. Benjamin, our waiter was wonderful! Lights are too bright in the main dining room and it is very, very loud. We had a late reservation at 8:30, hoping it would not be as loud. It was hard to talk.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I came in with four coworkers for Houston Restaurant Weeks. The food was outstanding and the restaurant is gorgeous! The service was unfortunately slow, we sat waiting on our first course for ~25 mins and if we were there for a quick 1 hour lunch we wouldn’t have been able to eat in time. I will gladly give BB Italia another shot just because of the food, but they really need to speed up for lunch service.

PF
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious ! The restaurant itself is pretty loud so if you are dining and would like to carry on a conversation —it could be difficult! 😄

LE
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The pasta carbonara was amazing along with the chicken parmigiana is just as good!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 2, 2019

We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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VF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We’re happy B.B. Italia..has chosen this area. It’s nice to have an upscale restsurant nearby. We will return next for happy hour and small bites....

TU
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I had the linguine with clam sauce and garlic. Tasty and fresh. My wife had the fried chicken dish that was deep fried in honey? I enjoyed my dish and she didn’t care for her’s.

The fresh bread with butter was great; unfortunately, my wife is gluten sensitive and couldn’t eat any (strike 2)

Desert ice cream was good for both of us

Two things; 1) the overhead lighting was way too bright and 2) the noise level was disconcerting. Also, the dress recommendation was smart casual and the crowd was very casual (shorts and sandals for many).

Overall, one thumbs up and one thumbs down. Will probably not return. But can recommend the food.

SW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had limited ability or suggestions in accommodating food allergies. Usually at a restaurant of this level they do wonderfully to customize. Essentially, my husband was served a VERY overpriced gluten free pasta with olive oil and no seasoning - pretty sad. My food - which was on menu was AMAZING!! Usually chef comes out to talk to us about allergy concerns this wasn't offered - and server was not a very reliable conduit of information...

C
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Everyone’s food was terrific and our server was terrific; courteous, prompt and efficient. BIG NEGATIVE ... two of our dining companions ordered a split plate; lasagna at $16. On the bill they charged us $31 and labeled it “Lasagna Split Entree”. This is an exorbitant charge and against their written policy. It’s not the money, it’s the fact that they think they can get away with this. Manager who was to credit part of the charge has not done so and has not returned my phone call.
Splitting Plate Charges ... what do you consider reasonable? We were shocked to receive a split plate charge of 94% of the entree price ($1 less than double the cost). We spoke to a manager and he is to reduce the charge to $4, but gave no reAson as to why the original exorbitant charge occurred. UPDATE. The credit showed up this morning, 8/2/2019. That’s 6 days. The manager said he took blame for setting the expectation that the credit would be there 2 days later. The manager said that the original overcharge was a “back end issue” and was remedied. The credit issued more than covered the overcharge. Takeaway ...watch your charges when they seem out of line or against the restaurant policy.

AD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for a wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon!

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SC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect meal with great service and setting. Will come for personal and business’s dining after this experience

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience and look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful day!

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EK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The employees were not kind or helpful! The service was not professional! The 2 dishes we ordered, chicken parmigiana and a pasta dish were subpar! Pasta dish was dry and chicken dish was dry and spicy. Parking was terrible and employees were unhelpful!

P
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This is the old Carmelo’s restaurant. Restaurant was full and it was noisy. Service was good. Food was below average. I had Chicken Parm and while the serving was hugh it did not have much taste and needed a lot more red sauce and to be served at a hotter temperature the three people with me rated their meals a 6 for scallops and the other two at a 4 or 5. For the money, Carrabas on I 10 is much better.

DA
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time and enjoyed the food and service we will be back.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on July 25, 2019

We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. We look forward to seeing you again!

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have to confess I am one of the few people in the West Houston neighborhood that thought Carmelo's was horrible. So I was really please to hear B&B was taking over the space. I tried it for the first time this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. I had a simple Bolognese that was excellent. My guests had shrimp scampi that they also enjoyed and my husband had the chicken parmesan - I am usually not a fan of that dish but it was surprisingly good. I would go back in a heartbeat and plan to do so. Only complaint would be the bread is too thick and not very appetizing.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on July 25, 2019

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience and we are sorry about the bread. We will forward your comments to the kitchen. At BB Italia we put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful day!

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MD
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was very ordinary. Service was very slow. Noise factor a real deterrent

PS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were frequent customers of Carmelo's when we lived in Katy many years ago so it was so strange to visit B.B. Italia this past weekend. The food was very good and cooked as ordered. Alberto was very attentive and our food was served quite timely. We were very happy that we requested a booth in a quite location in the restaurant because the noise level accelerated as more and more patrons began to arrive for the evening. Would give it 5 stars, recommend it to others, and will return.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Responded on July 25, 2019

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; Alberto will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Have a wonderful day!

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RO
Leicestershire
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has become one of my favorites. Very professional servers and high quality food are worth the visit.

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