“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
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!!
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
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
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
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
Excellent service and wine parings. Will definitely return.
Thank You! Shanon
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.
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
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!
Bob, thank you for joining us! It was a pleasure to have you both in again. Shanon
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.
Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience! Shanon
Roma was a great find! Excellent pasta and appetizers and fantastic wine and service!
It always makes our day when our guest leave satisfied. Thank you for joining us and for sharing your dining experience. Shanon
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.
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
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.
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.
Denise, thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again 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 648 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.