Pasta … it’s warm and hearty, making it the perfect dish for all of your wintertime cravings. Plus, it can curb any feelings of existential dread – novel coronavirus, anyone? Maybe, it’s the carbs. In Houston, restaurants are taking pasta to a whole new level, fusing together genres of cuisines and innovative techniques to make truly delicious and beautifully unique takes on Italian classics. Here are 3 spots you absolutely have to try to get your pasta fix in Houston right now!
Bludorn Restaurant – 807 Taft Street, Houston, TX 77019
Chef Aaron Bludorn’s new restaurant – his namesake – is known for serving New American, French-inspired fare with passion and integrity. Not only are the dishes seasonal, but they are also crafted with fine attention to detail. Although Bludorn is eclectic in its menu with a raw bar, soups or salads, and even burgers, it’s also known for its generous selection of pasta. Bludorn likes to play on the traditional pasta dish by adding more modern elements. Try the spaghetti with sea urchin, blue crab, and garlic chips, or the ravioli containing short rib, fig, red onion, and blue cheese. And, don’t miss the white truffle risotto that’s made with a creamy risotto or housemade spaghetti!
Nobie’s – 2048 Colquitt Street, Houston, TX 77098
Nobie’s is headed by Chef Martin Stayer of the Western Culinary Institute, an experienced chef, who started his career at Michelin started restaurants in Chicago. Along with his wife, Sara Stayer, the General Manager, and Sommelier, the duo takes inspiration from Stayer’s very own Nobie, a Houston area native. In turn, their local establishment is full of family tradition and a commitment to fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. The menu changes daily, but it always includes some type of pasta dish, like the Eggplant Parm, Spaghetti and Meatball, or Nonno’s Pasta with housemade tagliatelle and a classic Bolognese meat sauce. Remember to snag one of their delicious pies on your way out, too!
Tony’s – 3755 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77046
Celebrating 55 years of service, Tony’s is synonymous with pasta in Houston. In fact, the H-Town culinary institution serves up fine dining inspired by the Italian traditions of Naples and Milan. Tony’s features lunch and dinner, although you will find most of their famous pasta dishes in the evening hours. Favorites include Cappelletti, a Crescent Island duck confit-stuffed pasta with Norcia black truffles and parmigiana stravecchio – wow, that’s a mouthful! – and the Fettuccine with jumbo lump crab, vodka sauce, and Vallone sausage. If you’d like to venture outside of pasta, check out the veal chop or filet mignon! C’mon, you gotta trust an Italian spot by the name of Tony’s.
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