ROMA, an Italian eatery in Rice Village, is Houston's premier Italian restaurant, known for its homemade traditional pastas, its creative contemporary Italian cuisine, and its fine wine program.
ROMA was called one of "Houston's Best New Restaurants" by CultureMap when it first opened in 2019. And Houstonia magazine has called it one of their editors' favorite Italian restaurants in the city.
In 2020, ROMA launched what would become one of the city's most successful virtual wine dinner programs, often "hosting" more than 80 guests weekly in their homes as Italian winemakers joined from Italy.
That has inspired Shanon Scott to take his wine program to the next level. "Our goal is to make ROMA one of Houston's top wine destinations by the end of 2021," says Shanon.
Look out for new and regularly occurring wine tastings, wine dinners, and other wine and food events at ROMA!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Overall experience was okay. Small menu. Food wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either, just very average. The bread was cold and old.
The place has a cute patio, but the service was very average. We asked for an appetizer and the server asked us to decide on the entire order right away, because it was a requirement for the kitchen to put in the whole order for the table at once. Meaning, we couldn't add things to our order later...? just odd.
Again the food was average and with some many great Italian restaurants in Houston, I don't think this one makes it to the "go back list".
Birthday dinner was very nice. It was our first time here and we are very glad we have now discovered Roma. We will be back regularly.
So excited to fin another delicious restaurant with wonderful ambiance. My husband had the octopus, and I had the osso buco, which was amazing.
Can't wait for our next dinner at Roma. Great date night spot.
We all enjoyed the food. The portions are not too big and not too small. Nice atmosphere with lots of talking but it wasn’t too loud. In my opinion the dessert is not big enough to share so get your own
Renee, I am so glad that you enjoyed everything. Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon
Quick & friendly service of beautiful & delicious foods!
Thank you for joining us and for sharing! Shanon
Fabulous food in a cozy and friendly environment. I would recommend Roma to anyone.
Thank you for the kind words, we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon
Food nothing special. But terrace is very nice
Can you please let me know why you were not excited about the food? Shanon
Great as always. Thx Shanon!
Chris, thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Shanon
Wonderful! We sat on the patio, and it was lovely! The service was incredible, and the food was delicious. We will go back!
Thank you for sharing your dining experience! The staff and I look forward too seeing you back again very soon. Shanon
Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Great service. Ate on patio but it got pretty humid and hot after sun went down, even with fan. Our first time here. We will come back!
We are so happy that you enjoyed your dinning experience and thank you for sharing. Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon
Very enjoyable, and made us feel as if we were in Italy. Food and wine were outstanding. Mix up on the entrees resulted in an extended wait, but the waiter was super apologetic and comped a glass of wine and one of our desserts. That’s the way to handle a problem! We will be back.
Thank you for understanding and being patient. Massimo and I hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon
Im obsessed with this place
As am I! Seriously, thank you for the joining us and for sharing. We hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon
Excellent food and service as usual
Thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Shanon
Food and service is excellent. One of our favorite places. We plan on returning often.
James, thank you for joining us nd for sharing. Shanon
Service and food werewolves fantastic
Thank you for sharing and the analogy! Shanon
What a great time with delicious wine, friends and delicious food! Our server Massimo helped with our wine selections and menu! Wine was amazing and meals were delicious! We loved the outdoor patio even during the hot dog days of Houston! Highly recommend!
Ester, thank you for the kind words and for sharing your dining experience here. Shanon
Roma is always a safe bet for great Italian food. From the homemade pastas to main entrees like Saltimbocca, the ingredients are fresh and the presentation is lovely under the close watch of the owner, Shanon, who appears to be always, greeting each table.
I want to personally thank you for the kind words. It was great having you in and I really appreciate you sharing your experience here. Shanpon
Would not recommend won’t go back
William, can you please let me know what happened? You can call me at the restaurant (713) 664-7581 or email me shanon@romahouston, I welcome all forms of input, positive or negative. Shanon
Great food and wine! Valet parking was easy and quick.
Robert, thank you for sharing and we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon
So yummy!!! 10/10 recommend for some tasty Italian food.
Maria, thank you for the 5 star review and for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon
Service wasn’t that great, waitress seemed annoyed with us the whole time. We ordered pasta tossed table side for a new experience and waitress loaded the pasta up with pepper and didn’t even ask us our preference. The overload of pepper ruined the whole dish. Ended up leaving without eating most of it.
I am sorry that you did not enjoy the pasta, we should have gotten a different dish for you. The cacio e pepe is just cheese and pepper (cacio is cheese and pepi is pepper). Please join us again so we make you a different pasta. Shanon
Excellent food. Osso Buco was one of the best I’ve ever had anywhere aside from my own (Italian) mother’s. The sauce with it was delicious. Squid ink pasta with seafood was top notch. Calamari fritti were perfectly cooked although serving with marinara and tartar sauce (!) was a bit odd.
Good wine list — could have a few more by the glass though. Cute place inside, if a bit too noisy. Outside patio was much quieter and although we went on a hot night, the ceiling fans made it pleasant enough (Houston in August, so can’t expect too much!) Good prices too. Definitely will be back. Hope to get a better server though next time. Ours was decent if a bit overwhelmed the night we went. Not a deal breaker though. It happens. Cute place and finally one that gels well with that space.
Thank you for joining us and for sharing. I am sorry that service was less than perfect. We (like most of the restaurants) are short staffed, it is by no means an excuse. Please join us again and ask for me personally.
Excellent HRW meals. The red italian wine and service were great.
Thank you for sharing your dining experience here and we hope to see you again very soon. Shanon
👌 food amazing
Leonardo, thank you for sharing. Shanon
A healthy walk from the Texas Medical Center is an amazing dining experience in Rice Village aptly named Roma. Terrific choices of Italian specialties and a wine list to match. We started with a Ceasar salad, moved on to splitting the Gnocchi Gorgonzola, then went on to our respective veal dishes (saltimbocca and osso bucco) - all superb. Indoor seating is a bit noisy so if you want a calmer/quiet experience sit outdoors. No matter where you sit, request Massimo as your server - he is magnifico. The portions are large enough to split so take your time and savor your meal. Make sure to save room for your cannoli and cappuccino but before your walk back, definitely toast to your health with Roma’s homemade limoncello. Buon appetito!
Frank,, thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Massimo and I look forward to, seeing you back again very soon. Shanon
Excellent food and service. Everything very hot and served with care. Great place for an intimate dinner or with a crowd.
Scott, thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience . Shanon
Great service, food and wine list. We go every time we are in Houston
Terence, thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here! Shanon
Great ambiance and food and wonderful outdoor patio if you choose outside. This was our 1st time at Roma and truly is like being in Italy. We both started with a mixed green salad, WoW, what a great presentation and simple but so good, and had a favorite wine red wine, a nice 2016 bottle of Barolo as well. Then ordered a dish that is very hard to find in Houston, Pasta and fresh clams, and it met all my expectations. Know there are other Italian Restaurants equal or maybe even better, but Roma is surely a keeper. We always ask the same Questions, would you order it again and would you go back? The answers to the questions, Yes and Yes we would, great experience and loved Roma.
Thank you for the kind words! It always makes our day when a guest enjoys everything. We look forward to seeing you back in very soon. Shanon
Great spot for us first timers.
Thank you for the 5 Star review and for sharing your dining experience, Shanon
Best Italian food in Houston! Homemade pasta and Lemoncello. Grandma’s tiramisu, doesn’t get any better!
John, it was a pleasure having you in, thank you for sharing your dining experience here and for the 5 Star Review! Shanon
A neighborhood gem! Pleasant service, attentive but not intrusive. Food is nicely and beautifully presented and is very tasty. The resturant is in a old building that is quaint, but can get noisy when it’s 3/4 full. There is a nice large deck also.
Thank you for the kind words. Shanon
Nice neighborhood place. Delicious food and family-like service. Just ideal
Thank you for joining us and for sharing. Shanon
Shannon and his staff always provide an excellent dining experience. The service is attentive, but relaxed enough to allow us to visit with friends and never feel rushed. The food is excellent, and the wine list, while not exceptionally deep, has plenty of offerings and are available at a very fair price. It is excellent food with a personal touch, and makes you feel as though you are guests at a friend's home.
Dwight, thank you for the kind words and for sharing. My staff and I always love hearing when our guest have a great experience. Shanonm
The food was pretty underwhelming not gonna lie. It was a cute little restaurant though, just not good Italian food. The pasta was super over cooked and the chicken breast had a bone piece in one bite that I took. The people there were extremely nice and welcoming though!!
Thank you for joining us. I wish you would have told me or one of the staff while you were here. We could have corrected it for you then. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon
The patio is a perfect spot for date night (although I’d recommend waiting until it’s a bit cooler out)! The food is fabulous and we appreciated that you could get gluten free pasta with any dish. Wine selection was also excellent!
Thank you for sharing your dining experience here at Roma. We look forward to seeing you once again very soon. Shanon
It was amazing. Tony, the waiter made it extra special too. Fab food, great service. Cant wait to go back!!!
Thank you for sharing! Tony and I look forward to seeing you back very soon. Shanon
The service was outstanding, very friendly and attentive when required. Food was excellent particularly the lobster tails and sea bass. Reasonably priced wine list. All round good value.
John, thank you for joining and for sharing your dining experience here at Roma. Shanon
The Fettuccini a la bolognese was fantastico, as well as the cannolis. The service could be improved, by being more welcoming and warm.
Massimo, thank you for joining us and for the constructive idea. Shanon
I was really surprised by the great reviews for this place. We were so unimpressed with the food. Italian food is about simple preparation of good quality ingredients, but that’s not what you get here. The ingredients were not at all fresh, and everything was over-salted as if to compensate. I can forgive the inept (but very friendly!) service and the serious fly problem on the patio (nothing a few strips of fly paper can’t fix), but in this price range the food has to be better. Maybe they should focus on better ingredients in smaller portions, to improve the quality without hitting margins?
Meredith, nothing here is frozen (we do not have a freezer) and everything is prepared fresh daily. I am sorry that your meal was less than perfect. I am not sure about the fly problem that you were having but will look into your advice. I hope that you will join us once again. Shanon
We began our meal with the freshest cantaloupe and prosciutto and it just got better and better. Our entrees were served in hot cast iron skillets and both my semolina gnocchi and my husband’s lasagna surpassed our expectations. How have we never eaten here before??? We left NOTHING behind, mopping up our sauces with crusty bread. The wine selection was lovely, and we left full and happy.
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 784 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.