“Here at Roma, we’ve created a menu centered around the Roman classics like the pasta trinity — carbonara, amatricana, and cacio e pepe. But the departure from southern Italian cooking has also allowed Shanon to include other Italian greats like osso buco and braised lamb shank.
His wine list has also evolved: It now features the three Italian big reds: Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello, as well as favorites from Tuscany like Chianti and Super Tuscan blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
spaghetti pasta with egg, pecorino-romano and guanciale
Fettuccine alla Bolognese
fettuccine pasta with a meat and tomato sauce
Ravioli Salsiccia e Tartufo
spinach and ricotta cheese filled ravioli topped with truffle, mushroom and italian sausage
Food was exceptionally good, very tasty. Service was very friendly. While we were there we found out they have a food and wine pairing special on Thursdays which was a very good value. Too bad we won’t be able to experience it since we are out of town and won’t be in the area in the foreseeable future
The food was better than expected but we did find the ossobucco and the lamb shank were a little too salty. The Amarone wine was spectacular, as was Massimo, our waiter!
I think they have the best pasta in Houston, hands down. It’s cozy and romantic and quiet but comfortable and unstuffy. Great wine list and amazing service. The rice balls are to die for!
Thank you for joining us! We are so happy that you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you back very soon. Shanon
I was looking forward to having an early dinner at Roma because I had read so many favorable reviews and this former New Yorker loves his Italian food. I was seated on the patio and within a few minutes was greeted by my server Felipa. I ordered a glass of Montepuciano and perused the menu. I decided on the combination shrimp and calamari appetizer which was lightly breaded and served with two sauces. Great start. For the main course I ordered the veal scallopIni I don't like artichokes which accompanied the dish so I asked for the frigatelli peppers and roasted potatoes instead. The veal was served with prosciutto in white wine sauce.
You know the scene in The Godfather when Sollozzo tells Michael to "try the veal, it's the best in the city." I find it hard to believe there is a more tender tasty piece of veal than this. My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.
Ended the meal with espresso and sambuca and a text to my son to say we need to plck a date to come back.
Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon
The food was delicious, wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful, and the patio was very enjoyable! Will definitely be back
Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here. Shanon
We had a wonderful Friday night family dinner on the patio. The server recommended a nice Valpolicella that went well with everything we ordered. Ended up eating 4 courses plus the delicious Limonicello. Service was evenly paced and relaxed. Looking forward to a return visit soon.
Lovely birthday dinner and amazing service! Wasn’t too noisy on a Friday night and our server was very helpful
The offerings were surprisingly good. Italian fare in Houston is so often disappointing, but not at Roma. The freshly made pasta was tasty and the sauces were delightful. Attentive, but not hovering waitstaff took care of our needs.
Great dinner spot. The scene was nice and tranquil--perfect for catching up with a girlfriend or a peaceful data. The food was delicious and well priced. The waitstaff was helpful (recommendations, knew what things were) and tentative (glasses of water stayed full, table stayed manageable i.e. removal of empty plates). Overall a great experience. Will definitely go again.
Thus is such a great place that is such a hidden gem!! Great food, wine, service, ambiance and value.
Shannon always gives the best service like you are visiting an Italian family. A must visit!!
Sandy, it was great seeing you both and thank you for the kind words. Shanon
THANK YOU! Shanon
We eat here every time we are in Houston. The food is fantastic! If weather allows, try to sit on the patio, it is beautiful. Also, be sure to try the homemade lemonchello.
Noelle, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon
Roma has amazing food, great wine and an atmosphere that makes you want to stay for hours!
Danielle, it was a pleasure having you in. Thank you for sharing your dining experience here and we look forward to seeing you back very soon. Shanon
To start, there was no social distance even outside on the patio I was so close to the table next to me I could have reached over and touch them there was no 6ft. Secondly, this is the only italian restaurant I have went to where the wine by the glass is horrible no flavor at all like dyed red water. Third, my waiter was horrible. I have never waited an hour to order a drink because she wanted to give no effort in making a wine selection she said they were all bad unless I ordered a bottle like what type of recommendation is that. Why would I order a bottle when the glasses of wine were bad! I use to love Russo Italian, the food was excellent and I hadn’t been since the name change the food is no where near as good the are not accommodating at all and the staff is impatient. Not to mention the small portions my friend and I were still so hungry when we left. I will never come back or recommend it. It is officially off my list I will go down the street for real Italian food at Antica Osteria in Rice Village please avoid this place at all costs!
Shey, tables are 6 feet apart and everyone of the staff wear gloves and mask. You tried every glass of wine we have to offer by the glass, the server only suggested a bottle after numerous trips to he table. You asked me to make something that we do not have on the menu or the ingredients for. We are not meant for everyone, our food is authentic and we pride our self's for that. Have a great day and all the best to you both. Shanon
Food and service was very good. The only element that prevented me from giving 5 stars was due to a couple of the waiters wearing their masks below their noses. Didn't want to be confrontational and create any waves with the person serving my food, so I opted to remain silent. I could've opted to say something, but this one is a slippery slope.
Please let me know next time and I can speak to the staff. I am glad that you enjoyed everything but we take safety very serious here. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon
Had a lovely early dinner outside. Our server was very knowledgable, suggesting the perfect wine to go with our order (since I'm really not familiar with Italian wines). The saffron gnocchi was by far the highlight of dinner, and the tiramisu was a fantastic close to the meal.
Thank you for joining us and for sharing. Have a great day and we hope to see you back very soon. Shanon
Excellent experience. Sean and his people do a great job
Hugo, it is always great seeing you and thank you for sharing your experience here. Shanon
Service was amazing. Very friendly. Gave us a great wine suggestion. The bread dip is sooo good and our main course didn’t disappoint either. Highly recommend
Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon
Some dishes are great and some are very heavy cream sauces
Good afternoon, can you please describe what you had? Shanon
Sat on the patio and had a lovely meal! Food tasted just like being back in Rome. Will be back!
Thank you! Shanon
Nice set up outside. However COVID restriction were not 100 % follow. Pasta was totally to cooked .. for a real italian restaurant ... this is not good and Condiment was not impressive on primavera pasta
The mozzarella in carrozza ( fry mozzarella ) is like my gran ma 20 years ago. Fantastic.
I am sorry that you feel we are not in compliance. We all wear mask and gloves. Restrooms are cleaned every 30 minutes, tables are 6 feet apart and we have hand sanitizer by the front door. Please let me know if I have missed something because we take it very serious here. Have a great day and we hope you will join us again. Shanon
Look no further for authentic Italian foods. Will definitely be back!!
Jeff, it was a pleasure having you both in for such a special occasion! Happy Anniversary once again and we hope to see you both very soon. Shanon
One of the best restaurants in Houston! The food taste like my grandmother is back there cooking! Shannon the other is the best.
Thank you for the kind words. Shanon
We found this gem on Open Table and it did not disappoint. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the fresh air, fantastic food and wonderful service. We will most certainly be back.
Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon
Outdoor seating was very quite and area was covered w\ fans. Apps, main and wine were are fantastic. Parking is on the street, so be careful. Great date night location
Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon
The food was exquisite and the service was wonderful.
Thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon
Our first night out in months due to the shutdown. This was an anniversary dinner we reserved early hoping things would open up. We were scheduled for a cruise of Italy which of course was canceled. We could not have our dinner in Rome. So we booked the next closest thing ROMA. It did not disappoint. Great pasta (made in house) Excellent wine chose by our waiter, great service and a wonderful atmosphere. We could not see the Parthenon or Forum but we had a great view of University Blvd.
We will be back, thanks for a great evening.
Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon
Had the arancini as an appetizer, and the squid ink pasta with seafood, scallops & shrimp, and ravioli as entrees. Everyone very pleased with their meals--and they do takeout, which is key right now.
Thank you so much for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Sahnon
The outdoor patio is a very relaxing place to enjoy a great meal. The service is always just perfectly there when needed.
Glenn, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon
Our party of four loved everything about Roma! The food, the service, the wine & lemoncello were all excellent!
Would have preferred fresher bread. Homemade pasta was good. The guacial was too salty. I would prefer a different type of meat
Lovely spot with wonderful food
Ruth, thank you for joining us and for sharing. Shanon
Burrata salad and meatball appetizers excellent, along a little on the too large size; better to order one plate and share. My partners chicken was very good, my carbonara a little dry but still highly recommended. We will come back.
John, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon
Excellent restaurant. The attention was great and the appetizers very good. The pasta dishes others got were a bit dull, thankfully I got the gnocchis and those were excellent.
Thank you for joining us. I am glad that you enjoyed your dish, I wish the others were as pleased as you. Please join us again. Shanon
A great restaurant for an intimate date night.
Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon
Very disappointed. Calamari appetizer was rubbery. Entree arrived 1-1/2 after appetizers and wasn’t worth the wait. Veal was tough and tuna was overcooked. They servers seemed confused and taking food to wrong tables
I am sorry your first experience here was less than perfect. I do hope that you will join us again so we can meet or exceed your exceptions. Shanon
Wonderful food and service. It’s a very Romantic spot. Feels authentic
The restaurant was beautiful and felt very homely. Though it was Valentine’s Evening, we felt the staff did a good job of handling the rush.
Carlos, thank you for joining us. I am so glad that we were able to meet your exceptions on such a cray evening. Shanon
Poor quality overall. Cheap wine list, food and service just ok, no ambiance at all.
Sorry you did not enjoy yourself, not sure if cheap wine list is a good or bad thing. Nothing above $100 on our regular all Italian wine list. We have a reserve wine list which is much more exclusive. Shanon
My husband and I went here for our wedding anniversary and had the best experience! The service was great; although it was a busy Saturday night, they were attentive and prompt. I had the seafood soup and my husband had the veal scallopini, both were excellent! Quaint, romantic but light atmosphere. 10/10 would go back!
Kalie, thank you for sharing your dining experience here. We look forward to seeing you both back very soon. Shanon
Roma does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Roma also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 664-7581.
Roma is rated 4.5 stars by 655 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.