Roma

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Italian
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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D
Houston
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

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

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Responded 3 days ago

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

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. It’s a very Romantic spot. Feels authentic

CG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

Roma
Responded 3 days ago

Carlos, thank you for joining us. I am so glad that we were able to meet your exceptions on such a cray evening. Shanon

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor quality overall. Cheap wine list, food and service just ok, no ambiance at all.

Roma
Responded a day ago

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

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K
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Roma
Responded 3 days ago

Kalie, thank you for sharing your dining experience here. We look forward to seeing you both back very soon. Shanon

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and wine parings. Will definitely return.

Roma
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank You! Shanon

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MF
Houston
153 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

caesar salads were good but small. few main dishes on menu(4 as I recall) and they were out of a veal scaloppini plate. My wife thought her meatball appetizer was good but after we left the restaurant, "it was just fair". I tried the spaghetti carbonara and was disappointed. the flavor of the guanciale was weak and the sauce was dry and became more so as I ate the dish. Not sure we will return.

Roma
Responded on January 27, 2020

Martin, we have 10 main dishes. I wish you would let me know while you were ere. We could have corrected them while you were here. Shanon

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BS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the special event and as typical of this gem, it did not disappoint. Thank you for a wonderful time, with wonderful food, service and Prosecco! It's our neighborhood 'go to' restaurant because we can always be guaranteed a great evening!

Roma
Responded on January 28, 2020

Bob, thank you for joining us! It was a pleasure to have you both in again. Shanon

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HB
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening and great food. Server suggested a great wine to go with our selections of appetizers, pasta and lamb shank. Plus the homemade limoncello was fabulous. Definitely a go-to place for great food and wonderful service.

Roma
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience! Shanon

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roma was a great find! Excellent pasta and appetizers and fantastic wine and service!

Roma
Responded on January 24, 2020

It always makes our day when our guest leave satisfied. Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon

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OT
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I really wanted to like this place. Pretty porch and nice ambiance. But after we were seated it took ten minutes til we were asked if we wanted water and ten more til our waiter appeared.

Food came promptly...but it was bland. But no salt on table and when I flagged someone down to ask for, it took 10 minutes for someone e to bring . Despite being asked if we wanted bread, no bread showed up.
No grated cheese was offered.

Basically saw our waiter 3 times total during dinner - one of which was to deliver the check.

I could overlook the bad service if the food was stellar.
It was not.

Roma
Responded on January 20, 2020

I am so sorry that your experience here was less than perfect. I would like to invite you back in on me. Please call or text me at (713) 459-4911. I take every review to heart and I want to make sure that we can correct it. Shanon

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CJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately, my experience at Roma was a little disappointing. The place is very cute and the service team seems to awesome, but my major complaint is about the gentleman who was at the door and did most of the serving.
I can tell from the other tables around me that the food must be fantastic, but my friends and I were specifically looking for pizza. We didnt check the menu so that is partially our fault, but when we let him know that we would only be drinking wine, he was immediately and very visibly annoyed with our table. We noticed him rolling his eyes and mumbling as he looked at our table a few times.
We were very apologetic and I felt were still polite despite the situation, but most definitely wasnt reciprocated.

DG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our family dinner, the food was delicious and very well priced. Also impeccable service. The only remark is that our table was a bit small for 4 people, we would definitely appreciated more space.

Roma
Responded on January 16, 2020

Denise, thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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OT
Houston
80 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Excellent service

Roma
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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GG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Everybody got something different and it was all delicious.

Roma
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you back in very soon. Shanon

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TM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday lunch there with a friend and it was AMAZING. Food and service were top notch.

Roma
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us for such a special occasion and for for the kind words. Shanon

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M
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in Houston!!!!!

Roma
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here. Shanon

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SW
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceeds our expectations

Roma
Responded on January 2, 2020

Stephanie, thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Shanon

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NA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very attentive. Had the ravioli and carbonara both were excellent. Also started with calamari which was good. Ambiance and service were best parts for sure.

Roma
Responded on December 30, 2019

Nathan, it was a pleasure having you in and thank you for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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t
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! Most authentic Italian I have had in Houston in a while. The staff was amazing, we came on a busy Thursday evening and they had steady traffic. We sat outside on their deck on a beautiful evening. Our waiter was great, with good wine suggestions (go with the Pinot from Venezia!) and food. We had the Veal scallopine and the tuna with risotto. Both were outstanding.
The desserts are not to be missed. Tiramisu was traditional, and my apple tarte was perfect.The price was right, and the staff made our evening a real experience not just another meal. We will be back.

Roma
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here. We are only 1 of a handful of restaurants with an Italian staff. Shanon

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shannon the owner was there and came by many times. The staff is literally all from Italy. I will hit this place every time I am in town.

Roma
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in town. Shanon

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating of us! Thank you!

Roma
Responded on December 17, 2019

Thank you for joining us! Shanon

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CT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my meal here. They offered valet for $5. Service was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Suggested a few wines and we ordered a bottle. Great suggestion. Had the cesar salad as an appetizer, it was cheesy and the perfect amount of creaming. Order the pasta bolognese and the pasta tasted fresh, not sure if it's made in house. I devoured my whole plate. Finished off with the truffle chocolate. Prices is great for the area and the amount of food you get. You will not be disappointed. Hope this place does well and sticks around because it's my new go to Italian Restaurant.

Roma
Responded on December 17, 2019

Cathy, it was a pleasure having you into our home. Everything is made fresh in house daily. We only have a small freezer for gelato and sorbet. Thank you so much for the kind words and we look forward to having you back in very soon! Shanon

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JH
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were anticipating a standard neighborhood spot and were absolutely blown away by the delicious dinner we enjoyed. Probably one of the best Gnocchi I've ever had! Also loved the Panna Cotta!!

Roma
Responded on December 17, 2019

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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DD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, never had dined here before and was very impressed. If your rushed for time, pass! This is a typical European experience where you need to plan for a great dining experience and enjoying time with your company. Food portions are nice and food is excellent.

Roma
Responded on December 10, 2019

Douglas, it was a pleasure having you in and thank you for the kin words. Shanon

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DS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shannon and team have created a little treasure! Food and atmosphere were fantastic!

Roma
Responded on December 10, 2019

Dorian, thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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O
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal. The lasagna was fantastic. The cacio di pepe was a show - stirred in a cheese wheel table side. Scrumptious chocolate truffles for dessert. Service on point. We’ll be back.

Roma
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience here! Shanon

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony was amazing, and we had such a great experience at Roma!

Roma
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience here. Tony and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Shanon

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p
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and enjoyed the ambiance. We had meatballs, spinach ravioli, tiramisu and cappuccino; everything was delicious! Highly recommend!

Roma
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience here! Shnon

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SH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and people! The squid ink seafood pasta, seafood soup, and tiramisu are highly recommended!

Roma
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to seeing you back very soon. Shanon

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FB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed.... lasagna was served barely warm, sent it back and they almost burned it under the broiler, salad was heavy with too much dressing, dining was very noisy

Roma
Responded on November 19, 2019

I am sorry once again. The lasagna was not hot enough for you, that is why we placed it back in the oven and I did not charge you for it. When I asked you how was everything the second time I wish you would informed me that you still were not pleased. The main dining does get a bit loud on the weekends. We also have two other areas that are much quieter. Next time you join us please let me know that you would like one of those rooms. Shanon

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DW
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant- personalized service from Shannon the owner and Massimo our waiter, the best for wine selections!!! We go all the time and like the " little house= home atmosphere" outside is great when warm.

N
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Terrible service!! Won’t ever come back. Will not refer.

Roma
Responded on November 11, 2019

Can you let me know what happened? Shanon

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every one should eat here

Roma
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, we hope to see you back again very soon. Shanon

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Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great!

Roma
Responded on November 5, 2019

THANK YOU! Shanon

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CB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss the meatball appetizer and the whole roasted fish! Great food and even better service!

Roma
Responded on November 5, 2019

Carol, thank you for sharing your dining experience here. Shanon

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PA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to meet with a friend and talk. Really quiet place and good service. The pizza was pretty good. Need to go back and try their pastas. They seemed to have an interesting selection

Roma
Responded on November 5, 2019

Pete, it was great having you in and thank you for sharing your experience here. Shanon

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MO
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and excellent service , we will definitely return

Roma
Responded on October 30, 2019

THANK YOU! Shanon

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Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Houston favorite for traditional Northern Italian food. Shanon Scott has created a warm and inviting atmosphere with

Roma
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you for joining us and for the kind words. Shanon

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TP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant.

Roma
Responded on October 28, 2019

THANK YOU! Shanon

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