Roma

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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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DG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 3 days ago

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

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OT
Houston
77 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Excellent service

Roma
Responded 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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
6 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
4 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
36 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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OT
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
10 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
11 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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
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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L
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. This restaurant is a real gem. Owner Shannon is truly a hands on person and Massimo makes you feel like family. Great osso buco and branzino. Lamb chops have always been outstanding and the outdoor seating is some of the best in town.

Roma
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you for the great review! It always makes mine and Massimo's day when one of our guest have a great time. Shanon

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is impeccable Roman faire. Portions are big. The Zuppa de pesce was filled with perfectly cooked shrimp and shellfish in a hearty tomato broth. Service is attentive and friendly, really good. Look forward to going back

Roma
Responded on October 22, 2019

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

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Z
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I took my friend here for her birthday dinner last night, our experience was pretty disappointing. Lovely setting but the service was quite poor. We arrived for our 8P reservation on a Monday night and only three other tables were seated when we walked in. I initially thought that this would translate to timely, attentive service and a nice, intimate experience but I was wrong. Our server was MIA for most of our meal. The bread came to the table cold, which we found unusual but not a big deal. I refilled my own water glass the ENTIRE evening. After taking our dinner order, our server did not check in with us once until we requested the check. We both ordered the fettuccini bolognese which was fine, nothing spectacular. Lastly, our server never wished my guest a happy birthday, nor do they offer anything special treatment for a birthday guest (i.e. dessert, drink..) Just something to keep in mind. The owner (manager?) did come by the table and was very warm when we came in, however he had a large party that he was primarily entertaining, they were getting much better service than we received. I have worked as FOH for fine dining restaurants in Houston so I am a stickler for customer service but I can honestly can say I have had better experiences at chains like Maggianos or Mia Bella, and I don't expect much there. The food runner/valet actually provided the best service of the evening in my opinion.

Roma
Responded on October 17, 2019

Enzinne, please see my response on your Yelp review. Shanon

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ET
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

A very quaint restaurant with beautiful decor which seemed very promising from walking in and sitting down. However, the food and service left something to be desired. Many better Italian restaurants in town.

Roma
Responded on October 17, 2019

Can you please let me know what happened? Shanon

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K
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice quiet. Waiter was attentive

Roma
Responded on October 17, 2019

THANK YOU! Shanon

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DV
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The octopus appetizer and shrimp and saffron gnocchi are both really delicious. Extensive wine list featuring many unique Italian options. Impeccable service from the entire staff.

Roma
Responded on October 7, 2019

Dennis, thank you for joining us again. I am so glad that you enjoyed everything! Shanon

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S
Houston
72 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Very odd experience dining at Roma. Had previously visited here when it was Sud Italia. That experience was a lot different than this one. Not sure how Roma is surviving. We were the only guests for a lunchtime date. Brought two employees to celebrate their efforts on a major project. No host/hostess, and we wandered around the empty restaurant until the owner? chef? popped out of the back of the restaurant. The food was good, fresh, and well prepared, but it was a weird vibe. One other party came in and also stood for awhile until we told them that they could take a seat anywhere and grab a menu. How weird is that? We didn't leave until after 1, and the whole time we were there, it was just us and the other party of three. Meal prep seems to be on the fly and when we ordered desserts, one of the desserts, a chocolate truffle plate (that the restaurant ought to have on hand) was definitely skimped on, and only two of the diners could be accommodated. It stated that the dessert would have three chocolate truffles, but in actuality, it's three half chocolate truffles. Very good, but maybe more accurate wording on menu? The tab with tip at nearly $90 (no alcohol), was definitely not worth it.

Roma
Responded on October 7, 2019

Suze, we do not have a host at lunch. I am sorry that you got a "weird vibe". Our dinners are very busy and lunch is study. You must have came on a slow day. Nothing here is pre made and we only have a small freezer for gelato and sorbet. The dessert menu does not say three truffles and we only charge $5 for it. As far as the tab you had 3 courses which would mean roughly $30 for each guest including tax and gratuity... Please stop back in and let us wow you this time. Shanon

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M
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service! Massimo and Angelo are two stars!

Roma
Responded on October 1, 2019

Yes they are! Thank you for joining us and for sharing with the Opentable community. Shanon

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CS
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service but loud, very loud. Done trying to make a loud scene.

Roma
Responded on October 1, 2019

Charles, next time let us know and can place your table in a quieter area. Shanon

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Carbonara was amazing; two small children split the bolongese. Well paced and attentive service.

Roma
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you! Shanon

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h
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the re-do of this location. The restaurant is in a small house in Rice Village. We were there early, but it was full when we left. Despite this, it was not loud, but it depends on the diners at the time. Another time friends and I went and the restaurant was half full, but a table of extremely loud people came in and yelled for the entire meal. So, I said noise level was moderate but it depends on who is there. That being said, our meal and experience was a delight and very good. The service was first-rate and the food was excellent. I had the seafood soup. it was described as spicy but it had zero spice-which was fine. Seriously it was the best seafood soup I have ever had. I'd get it again in a heartbeat. My husband had the salmon and it was fantastic. We had the gelato with expresso for dessert and again, amazing! We definitely will be back!

Roma
Responded on October 1, 2019

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

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

After reading many reviews and some press articles, I had pretty high expectations. It sounded like this was one of the top Italian restaurants in Houston. It was just ok, the service and atmosphere were great, we dined out on the patio. My wife had the salmon which she though was just blah. I had the braised veal shank that was great, and the green beans with it were fantastic. My daughter had a pasta carbonara that was rather dry and dull, and a caesar salad that was just ok. We skipped desert. So except for the veal shank it was all pretty ordinary.

Roma
Responded on October 1, 2019

I am sorry that you left unimpressed. Please join us again and ask for me personally. Shanon

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