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B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar

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312 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
**We are now open for dine-in service plus curbside pickup and delivery via DoorDash or Favor. Learn more about our COVID reopening health/safety procedures here: https://bit.ly/31hUkXQ View our take-out specials here: https://bit.ly/2XxK5gV

Located in Houston’s Energy Corridor, B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar offers a fresh take on classic, Italian-American food in an approachable atmosphere with first-class service. A traditional, family-owned and operated restaurant, Proprietor Benjamin Berg is committed to sourcing only the best Italian products and local ingredients, and everything is made from scratch, including the pasta! Located inside of B.B. Italia, B.B. Pizza To Go offers authentic, New York-style pizza, subs and calzones available to order for pickup and delivery. Inspired by the pizzerias that Berg frequented while growing up in Manhattan, everything is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and cooked in a top-of-the-line deck oven.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 312 people are saying
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vipKat5
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great homemade Italian food. They even make their own Ricotta ! Pizzas are the best in town. We have become frequent visitors.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with amazing service, ticks all the boxes

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Hungry
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

This restaurant tarnishes the B&B brand. The ambiance was symbolic of a try-hard-and-fail North Italia vibe. It was insanely loud and the only decent food item I had was the garlic knots. The pasta dishes (had a few at the table) were a disgrace.

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vipJimM
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was a little lacking due to very few people dining in. I thought the lobster bisque was very good and we especially enjoyed several pasta dishes including the carbonara, cheese ravioli and vodka sauce.
I will say the calamari needs a little spicing up. It was overcooked and not very flavorful.
Overall quite pleased and will return to try other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really great food and excellent service!

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Skip
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unfortunately out of our protein of choice, but our Plan B entree's were excellent.

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Alex
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Okay place

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vipJDSp
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had such a nice evening out.

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vipKat5
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Great pizza and food!

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vipBarbaraL
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited BB Italia when they were just coming out of the 25% seating pandemic rules. Very welcoming and excellent service. We had the calamari (nice) and the zucchini (straw cut was a little hard to eat. Main courses at the table were the salmon, redfish and carbonara. All were very good...albeit the carbonara was really rich. I took half of it home and enjoyed it for dinner the next day. We agreed we’d visit again to check out some of the other entrees. BB Italia is an excellent addition to dining options in west Houston, the Energy Corridor an even Katy.

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vipKat5
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

GREAT food, great experience for a date night! We got the whipped ricotta appetizer, which was pretty good, but honestly the complimentary bread that came out first with their herb butter was seriously AMAZING. Its flavor outdid the ricotta plate in my opinion, which was hard because again, the ricotta was good.
For dinner...
My husband got Grandma’s Ravioli; also amazingly yummy, it was such an awesome combo, the short ribs and Marsala sauce.
I got the Sunday Ragu and it was also SO so so good. Great Italian hot sausage and great meatballs, but the sauce was incredible, I’ll be getting it next time again.
The only thing I didn’t love was the weird mix of pop music they had on, which didn’t even detract from the night because everything else was wonderful. We will be going back and have told our family and friends to go ASAP.

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vipTravelMaven91
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent & service too! So great to get out to this gem of a local restaurant in West Houston. Will go again soon!

JC
vipJoiC
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great! Service was good and we will definitely go back. They have done a fine job carrying on Carmelo's tradition of good Italian food. The Beef Carpaccio melted in your mouth. All the flavors were spot on.

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating out since everything was shut down, and it was a great experience. The food was amazing, the servers were excellent, and we felt very safe. They had hand wipes at the table and provided us with paper menus. The food was the best Italian food we’ve had outside New York City. We can’t wait to go back.

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Julia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Food was amazing. Having enjoyed Italian food in Italy, other areas around the world and in the north east USA we have an appreciation of authentic Italian food. BB Kitchen is a great choice for excellent food, service And dining experience.

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vipSugarSprinkles
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the bar and the staff was so nice and helpful! They recommended some great starters and drinks!

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WestHoustonHHGirl
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great happy hour spot in West Houston. Bartenders are friendly and welcoming, and happy hour menu items are perfect.

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MarkM
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Trying to patronize our local restaurants by dining in. Dining on hot food served on actual plates and not styrofoam boxes. Tables pretty well spaced, cheerful hostess and waitstaff, no-touch menu option, fresh food. We’re happy to be eating out, supporting these hard working businesses and seeing folks back to work. Give it a go, be glad and tip extra well!

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JSJS
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are trying to get out and do our share to help the local restaurant industry. Not very many people there and all edit staff were in masks and gloves. The best lasagna I have ever had and the chicken Parmesan was way up there. Go check them out!

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terencemcmahon
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Prices very reasonable! Food was good. Pizza take home special is a great deal!! Service was good. Very enjoyable dinner!

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vipDick
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

BB has all the appearance of an upscale Italian restaurant, but the patron’s dress selections seem more like a upscale fast food facility.

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Whatabcook
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As good as any red sauce place in NYC or Jersey. Fantastic.

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vipDavid
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Terrible. From the beginning, it was very bad experience. When the two of us are dining by ourselves, we prefer to go for bar seating where the ambience is usually energetic and lively. At B.B. Italia, the bar room is dark and dismal, it’s as if it is an overlooked space. Oddly, the main dining room was extremely bright, like strobe lights turned up to 11. After we were seated at a booth in the bar area, a waiter rushed over to introduce himself and shake our hands - yes, shake our hands - at a time when everyone is being advised to avoid hand shakes because of concerns about the coronavirus. When my wife made a joke about it, he just shrugged it off and laughed about it, and then turned to me and shook my hand. They only had one bar tender, who was making all of the drinks for the entire restaurant and serving the food for those seated in the bar area. He could not have been more nice, but he was way over-stretched. It was very noisy, a lot of children having fun but also a table of adults talking at maximum volume. Then the food, it was average at best. This is probably a great spot for busy parents with young children who are looking for food and drink at a venue where their kids can run around. For anyone else, I would recommend staying away.

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Sally
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

this restaurant used to be Carmelo's, which was elegant, quiet and a lovely place to have an excellent Italian dinner. The new restaurant is more casual and definitely noisier. I was having dinner with colleagues to discuss business activities. Food was still very good. Waitstaff were attentive. Starters and salads came out quickly, but main courses took longer than expected.
2 of use had the eggplant parmigiana, which was very good. The other person had Gradma's ravioli, which he liked.
A good place to have a reasonably priced Italian dinner, where food is good and service attentive. However, it was not the same as the restaurant formerly occupying this space.

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vipWestchaseFoodie
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining group has been to BB Italia a few times and it's one of our favorites. We had a 16 mile run earlier in the day so it was decided we needed to carb load that evening. Our dishes were awesome, I had my pasta carbonara and the Italian fried chicken. I had to take my leftover home..I had so much food....After a great dinner we hung out at the bar and enjoyed the rest of the night listening to Shaun the piano player. The bartenders were attentive and made our evening fun. Had a couple of drinks and stayed till 11. It was a wonderful evening capping a busy day.

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vippDuddy
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

COME BACK CARMELO: the king is gone but sorely missed. There were six of us for lunch at 1:00 pm to celebrate a friend’s birthday. After quite a long wait, we had to go find someone to seat us. The reserved table for six turned out to be a table for five persons. Table cloth was dirty in three places. Waiter came to take our orders but we hadn’t had the menus by which time quite a few of us were turned off and ready to go. The food was mediocre and some of the pasta was overcooked. The waiter tried his best but not enough to make us return or recommend BB Italia to friends.

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JasonH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was horrible. Nobody in my group even finished half of their food. Also very expensive for the quality and taste of what we received.

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LauraH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love B.B. Italia. Our new go-to place for Italian. Great food and superb service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Waitress was great. Ordered flowers do the table and they were not there. Gentlemen came to the table with excuses. It just made matters worse.

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vipMatthewS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We appreciated that on Valentine's Day the restaurant offered its normal menu rather than forcing a rip-off prix fixe on diners; the latter is often the case with restaurants of this caliber. The ambiance was lively, although there was a conflict between the piped-in music and the sounds of the pianist playing in the bar. The food and wine were delicious and portions overly-generous. Two minor disappointments: 1) the Caprese Salad was billed as using heirloom tomatoes, but they seemed like grocery-store hot-house tomatoes; 2) the menu described the Chicken Parmigiana as "thinly-pounded", but the breast was in fact normal thickness.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

4.5 stars...we’ll be back

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vipKristinH
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from the bar service to Katie our waitress. My husband and I are already planning our next visit. Thank you for hosting us so well

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vipgaryo
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and everything was outstanding!

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WilliamG
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table for Sunday evening around 6:30 PM. The house wine was very nice. Our waitress provided us with excellent service and the meals were very tasty. We tasted two meals; The Basil Pesto
with sun-dried tomatoes and the Eggplant Parmigiana. Both meals were excellent! We will return!

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MelissaP
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our experience. We had a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts and everything was amazing. Service was great, server truly went out of his way to make everything perfect.

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SarahM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall a good experience. Food was great, drinks were good and we will definitely be back! Only negatives, the Server was a little odd )too many cheesy and awkward “waiter” jokes), and the valet was in no hurry to retrieve cars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The food was good , but had really poor service. Our waiter was very inattentive and couldn’t have been any less cordial. I think he was annoyed that we had a child with us which is pretty sad for a family restaurant before 6pm. The food took forever to come out of the kitchen even though it was early and it wasn’t very busy yet. We ordered a small side dish for my 1 year old daughter and asked that it come out early so we could feed her and keep her happy. It took at least 20 minutes, was delivered to the wrong table first, and was cold. Shortly after it was brought to our table the waiter came back and picked it up saying that it had been delivered to another table, that they had taken a bite out of it, then redelivered to our table. They remade it, taking another 5-10 minutes, and it was still barely warm. Really no apology, no offer to comp the dish, or any other sincerity from the waiter or management. This place needs a lot of help in the service department.

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LukeH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is perfect for so many occasions. Whether you are celebrating a birthday or an anniversary, there is something here for everyone. The food is absolutely amazing. The prices are very good for the quality and quantity of the food. My wife and I have come here many times and we have never had anything we don’t like here. Everything is good. The service is something special as well. The wait staff are very professional and very well trained.

FAQs

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 531-0696.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/bb-italia-and-bb-pizza/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.