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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Houston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Houston? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Arturo Boada Cuisine restaurant
4.9
4.9 (773)
$31 to $50
Italian
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
This neighborhood eatery serves up an eclectic blend of Italian, Spanish and Latin cuisine not to be missed. Try unique tapas like the camarones henesy en hamaca, mussels tomatillo, ceviche and many more. The wood burning-oven puts out authentic thin crust pizzas, with favorites such as the carnitas pizza. We offer a flavorful selection of fresh seafood and steaks. Our home made desserts are a must, from wood oven baked apple pastry to Arturo’s famous crème brulee. The hand picked wine list offers a variety of boutique and exclusive wineries. We are very happy to accommodate any of your special requests.
Top review
Katellavip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
That snapper dish was incredible! Pizza SAME! I had never been to this neighborhood gem. I’ll be going back. Service was fantastic!
A photo of Mezzanotte Ristorante restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1553)
$30 and under
Italian
Cypress
About the restaurant
Mezzanotte is a unique blend of fine restaurant and bar elements fused together to not only offer an unbelievable culinary experience but a place to truly relax and enjoy life.
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Bainesmann
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Food and service always superior. Very nice neighborhood restaurant.
A photo of Damian's Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2983)
$31 to $50
Italian
Montrose
About the restaurant
Since 1983, Damian's Cucina Italiana has been known worldwide as the top authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Set in an old-world atmosphere which is elegant, yet warm and friendly, diners at Damian's are accustomed to extensive menu offerings, specially tailored dishes, and weekly specials created by Chef Izzy Morfin.
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LeslieHvip
Dined 3 days ago
Damien is always wonderful. You get great service in a quiet atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation. The food is excellent. We are going to miss them so much.
A photo of Potente restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1877)
$50 and over
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Potente is a sophisticated and upscale Italian restaurant located in downtown Houston led by Executive Chef Danny Trace. Every dish is locally sourced and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Try our chef favorite homemade pasta with black truffles shaved table side, petite filet with pistachio gremolata and homemade desserts sure to delight!

Our attire is relaxed formal. Shorts, hats, sneakers, torn clothing and sweat pants not permitted.

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MattD
Dined 2 days ago
From the moment you step into this fine establishment you understand that the evening is going to be a great one. The service was excellent as always and every one of them really go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. The Wine expert is also very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was as always very well prepared, well presented and Very delightful in flavor and aroma. Houston's best in my humble opinion.
A photo of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1429)
$31 to $50
Italian
Galleria / Uptown
About the restaurant
The western coast of Italy summons visions of gorgeous views, salty air, and the freshest seafood & produce imaginable. Leave your passport at the door – Executive Chef/Owner Giancarlo Ferrara invites you to experience the tastes, aromas, and passions of his homeland right here in Houston through a culinary experience years in the making. The inspired menu at Amalfi emphasizes fresh seafood, vivid citrus, and cozy olive oil in addition to fresh pastas, an assortment of meats, family-made cheeses, cleanly crafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful wine list. Here at Amalfi we strive to offer a warm setting in which to celebrate and cherish both everyday moments and significant milestones. Please visit soon; we look forward to sharing our kitchen with you.
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HenryHvip
Dined 2 days ago
Amalfi is one of our favorite restaurants in Houston. Their food is always excellent, especially their Fish. The salt cooked Branzino Is outstanding. Good service and wine list complete the picture.
A photo of Lomonte's Italian Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (404)
$30 and under
Italian
Energy Corridor
About the restaurant
Lomonte's Italian Restaurant & Bar is located in Houston. It's an elegant restaurant that feels comfortable for guests on any occasion. The natural wood floors and furniture, painted stone walls and home-style decor pieces help to create an atmosphere that promotes conversation. This is a family-friendly restaurant and has been owned and run by the founder, Barbie Lomonte, since 1986.

At Lomonte's Italian Restaurant & Bar, guests can order an array of high-quality Italian dishes and pair a drink of choice from the full-service bar. Some of the popular dishes from the menu include Lomonte's beef lasagna, lobster ravioli, pistachio-crusted chicken, catfish picante, veal con limone and delicious eggplant parmigiana. We offer delivery through Doordash, UberEats and Favor. Lomonte's Italian Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and only dinner on Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays.

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WildBillvip
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
We had a nice quiet meal with attentive service. One of the better by the glass wine menus you will find around town, from a selection standpoint.
A photo of Trattoria la Vigna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1446)
$30 and under
Italian
Galveston
About the restaurant
Trattoria La Vigna is your very own little slice of Italy in Downtown Galveston. We offer delicious lunch specials, fresh pasta made daily, homemade desserts, and much more! ​
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Lindavip
Dined 3 days ago
Homemade noodles and great marinara! The waitstaff has been there a long time and are always friendly and helpful
A photo of Porta'Vino - The Woodlands restaurant
4.9
4.9 (540)
$30 and under
Italian
The Woodlands
About the restaurant
Discover delicious modern Italian & incredible wine prices at Porta'Vino in The Woodlands!

Porta'Vino offers an impressive wine list at prices competitive with local discount wine stores! In fact, many guests purchase cases of wine to go, so we consider Porta'Vino part wine store. You are also welcome to BYOB for a corkage fee.

Signature dishes include Calabrese Crispy Shrimp, Balloon Bread, Wild Boar Bolognese, Barramundi Sea Bass & our Double-Cut Smoked Pork Chop! Make sure to save room for our Coconut Cream Pie, Medium Rare Brownie, or Apple Crisp. You can't go wrong with our menu selections.

The restaurant has a welcoming dining room, a spacious patio, and private dining rooms for events. A free parking garage is located behind the restaurant. Park, Dine, then walk to the nearby Woodlands Pavilion.

Porta'Vino also hosts a Winemaker Dinner Series. To receive invitations to these special events, please email events@portavino.com.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the food, service, and atmosphere! Everything was absolutely delicious and prepared to perfection! We will certainly return soon!
A photo of Porta'Vino restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1434)
$30 and under
Italian
Heights / Washington
About the restaurant
Houstons newest BYOB Restaurant.
Casual Atmosphere, Incredible wine prices, Amazing Food

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JackM
Dined 4 days ago
Another great meal at Porta Vino! We come here for the great food, the excellent service and the great values in excellent wines. Our favorite neighborhood choice and I highly recommend.
A photo of Amedeo's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (422)
$30 and under
Italian
Kingwood / Humble / Atascocita
About the restaurant
Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant shows that you can get great Italian food in the Kingwood suburb of Houston so you don’t have to fight traffic to go downtown. With the same feel and excellent food and service, you won’t miss out on a thing. For more than two decades, Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant has served up pasta prepared to perfection, top quality meat and seafood and homemade desserts for lunch and dinner, as well as for banquets and catered events. Notable menu items at Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant include a grilled brie appetizer with a delicate rosemary blackberry sauce and caramelized onions, secret Raffa family recipe lasagna, grilled redfish filet with crabmeat and shrimp and the to-go family packs that feed four complete with salad, dressing and a loaf of uncooked garlic bread.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
All six of us had one of the daily specials and they were all delicious. Our table was ready for us as soon as we arrived for our reservation. The service was excellent and the noise level was low enough that we could enjoy a night of conversation as well as a delicious meal.
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