Roma (fka Sud Italia Ristorante)

4.3
472 reviews
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After a spectacular three-year run for Sud Italia, Shanon Scott’s ode to the foodways of Southern Italy, the Houston restaurateur has turned his gaze northward to the capital: Rome or Roma (ROH-mah) in Italian. “I wanted to create a casual dining experience for Houstonians,” says Shanon, “and the natural inspiration for that was Rome’s wonderful trattorias.”

“Here at Roma, we’ve created a menu centered around the Roman classics like the pasta trinity — carbonara, amatricana, and cacio e pepe — and deep-dish pizza, which most people think comes from Sicily but actually comes from the Eternal City.” 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.
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Houston
336 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have always loved the food at Sud and Roma carries its tradition. The new decor (with wood floors and no tablecloths makes for a very noisy environment, especially when wine consumption gets the better of some of the guests.

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m
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was great-no complaints there. The ambiance, lighting, service and decor was off. The server we had was not personable at all. The food was moderately priced, so you just expect a little more when you pay $60 for two entrees.

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CW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would say the food is average. The proportions for the cost and the overall food quality doesn't compare to Maggiano's , Carraba's, and countless non-chain smaller Italian restaurants throughout the greater Houston area.

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JF
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I was looking forward to trying Roma, but was disappointed. The hostess was uninviting and ignored us for the first 30seconds we were standing at the hostess stand while she worked on the computer, the service was very slow, the fried shrimp on the calamari/shrimp appetizer were rubbery and over cooked, and the rest of meal was mediocre. We won’t be going back.

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OD
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a Valentine’s Day dinner with my spouse at Roma, which had formerly been known as Sud Italia. We started off with the meatball appetizer and house salad, both of which were very good although not exceptional. My spouse ordered the veal scallopine and, although she enjoyed the flavor and really liked the vegetable accompaniments, found the meat a little too tough and chewy. I ordered the salmon and found it to be slightly overcooked and a little dry but enjoyed the cabbage base and flavors. We also ordered a bottle of amarone to go with the meal (at the suggestion of our waiter) and found it to be an excellent choice. We really enjoyed the restaurant when it was Sud Italia and had high expectations for our dinner so were a little disappointed that the quality of our most recent meal was not quite on par with our meals when it was Sud Italia.

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t
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Host didn’t ask anything just planned to sit us in a room with no windows. Flavors in red sauce were off.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ink squid fettuccine is the best!!
great place, great service no rushing even on Valentines Day❤️

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CA
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent . Well prepared , tasty . We enjoyed our dinner very . Wine by the glass was very good also . Lamb shank is the best we tasted .

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SW
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic Valentine’s dinner at Roma. The service was impeccable and the food was incredible. This will definitely be our go to Italian restaurant!

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RC
Houston
152 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Very pleasantly surprised with the great food and wonderful service. Knew it as Sud Italia and was concerned that Roma would not be as good but it is actually better!

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T
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We'd gone to celebrate a special birthday -- which I had written in the Open Table Spacial Requests. The waiter was so rapid fire and racing that we got rare salmon and felt ignored. My dinner guest had nearly finished her meal by the time my original rare salmon was returned medium as requested.
No birthday ever mentioned but by that time we just wanted to leave. We were seated in a small back room by the bathroom, a room that eventually filled with a large group at one table. I think our waiter decided that two women alone were not worth very much time or attention. And I'm sure he was very busy. We couldn't see from our back room seat.
Nothing about the experience was nice.

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E
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

We had always gone by this dItalian food restaurant and always meant to see what it was about. We decided to try it as a family after it had been rebranded. We had made reservations for a Friday evening. Here is where it went right. The ambiance and waiter was great. Here is where it went wrong. It took forever to get our bread after our wine was served. Our appetizers came out in an ok amount of time however we were left sitting there close to one hour before our entrees appeared. Two of our plates came out and then several minutes later the other 2 plates who had ordered pasta came out. My wife ordered a cocoa pepper pasta. They forgot to put the pepper on it. My son order pasta with seafood. The sauce tasted old and he was afraid to eat the seafood. The waiter was very apologetic.
And to properly end the +200 dollar evening, the valet brought us the wrong car!

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but not worth the price. I could get better or as-good Italian food nearby for a lot less.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I loved it but my husband was very disappointed in the service. It was extremely slow but the food and wine made up for it. Was having dinner with friends so it didn’t bother me as much. I would go back but my husband is definitely a no.

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A
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried several items on their new menu and were impressed by all of them. The meatballs were tender and flavorful. A highlight for me was their cocoa infused fettuccine with pecorino-Romano cheese. The combination of flavors is fantastic. The appetizer of calamari and shrimp was equally delicious.

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c
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Table next to us was loud, and the room echos like crazy. The food was bland and boring but dessert was vey nice. Service great.

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A
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food
Very friendly and helpful staff
Way too noisy in main room

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SA
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

The entire front room of the restaurant was so loud, that we could not hear each other talk! That colored how we viewed the whole experience. The dinner was good, and the service was fine. We left as soon as we finished eating-and one person left earlier and just waited outside on the porch.

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SS
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So wonderful!!! They cater to your every need!!!And, the food is EXCELLENT!!!

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JG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great New Year’s Eve night at Roma. The service was pleasant, the meals were very good. We sat outside and the atmosphere was very comfortable. I would recommend this place for an ideal date occasion.

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DG
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had a special New Year's Eve dinner at Sud Italia . The service was great . the food extraordinary . i had asked for a quiet , romantic table . The owner and staff made sure we were seated at a corner . perfect for us . we're great talkers .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

Definite decline from the last time I was here (about 8 months). Bread was cold, calamari was over cooked, and both pasta dishes (squid ink and short rib ragú) were over cooked and salty. It seemed that the food was heated up in a microwave. Very dissatisfied.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Christmas Eve dinner menu. Rich flavors and amazing dinner experience

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EK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Service was good and waiters were friendly but the food was just horrible; tasteless, served in record speed and really poor quality.

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B
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic and outstanding product knowledge and customer service. Amongst the best in Houston. The manager personally parked our car when the valet was indisposed. Above and beyond.

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JL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoy the salmon served on a bed of red cabbage. It was delightful

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JM
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was excellent. Very attentive, friendly and well versed. We will definitely be returning.

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RC
Houston
152 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Decent coupled with great service. Pretty good wine list.... nice old converted house

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TA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Delicious beautifully presented Southern Italian cuisine. Cozy atmosphere - our favorite in Rice Village.

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BW
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

House salad excellent and easily for two; shrimp and scallops terrific as was the veal and the grouper. Good wine selection and recommendations

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s
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Flavorful. Great service. Fresh.

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OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Intimate spaces, attentive service and of course, fantastic food. Thanks for a beautiful dinner.

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KB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My one suggestion is for mgmt to discourage cell conversations inside.

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C
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The parking is a problem, or should I say, lack of it. I think at dinner, there’s valet. Otherwise, there are a couple of spots in back, a couple on the street, that’s about it. You have to park and pay in Rice Village, and walk across two very busy streets. I don’t know how handicapped persons could manage.
The place itself is charming; noise abatement has effectively been installed; very good service; $19 lunch menu from which you can choose two of 3 courses (and I was allowed to choose two from the appetizer section)
House-crafted limoncello was a delightful and unexpected treat at the end of the meal. I appreciate the house wine by the carafe option too.

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C
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, great chef! Octopus salad was devine and plenty for 3 people to share as a starter

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P
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been looking for a place like this in Houston for YEARS! Just a wonderful, intimate, small restaurant with AMAZING, authentic cuisine, exquisitely prepared, excellent service and really nice folks! We do not live in Houston but 2 of our kids do and we are here quite often. We will definitely add this to our favorite “go to “ places and have already been insisting that they must try it! Our other favorite is Chez Nous....Sud Italia is right there with it as a fav!
Can’t wait to return!
Marcia and Malcolm

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was so-so. Tiny tables. We had a party of 4 which felt really uncomfortable.

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NP
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. Food was wonderful and different from other Italian restaurants. We sat in a more quiet area which was perfect for our date night. The service was truly delightful. We will definitely return.

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L
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my husband‘s birthday with a couple friends and we had a wonderful time. The food was very good the menu had different things (not the standard spaghetti and meatballs) and everything was delicious. Service was good place was clean and bright. My only complaint would be that the tables need to be a little bit larger

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PK
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Not bad, but not great. There are at least two other Italian restaurants just in the Rice Village area that are better. Inside is very noisy in the main room. We were seated in a smaller room, thankfully, that was not so loud. The inside is kind of run down. The patio looks nice. Food was okay --- meatballs appetizer was truly excellent, the salad was too weird to enjoy, the pastas were good but nothing to get excited about.

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