Renowned restaurateur Adam Jones’ 61 Osteria, the elegant and innovative Italian eatery in downtown Fort Worth, is celebrating its first full year in business by adding two new rooms for private events and stirring up a little fun: a $10 “Aperitivo Hour” every afternoon. “It’s like an Italian happy hour, with your choice of wine – bubbles, white or...

One of the special occasion dishes in Italian households, along with standbys like ravioli and veal, is porchetta, a boneless pork roast originally from central Italy, cooked with the fat and skin still intact and usually stuffed with a savory mélange of garlic, rosemary and fennel. It's then sliced as one would a loaf and served either hot or the...

Until I visited the new incarnation of La Griglia, the popular Italian restaurant that has been around since 1991, I had completely forgotten about something that used to be intrinsic to understanding Houston.  Once upon a time (starting when I moved here in the metazoic year of 1976) the past was a country no respectable Houstonian would bother to...

Formerly known as the Houston Sommelier Competition, this year’s sommelier faceoff has shifted gears and changed names: The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas is thrilled to announce that the “Houston Italian Wine Ambassador Competition” will be held on the occasion of the 10th annual Taste of Italy Houston trade fair and festival (Sunday-Mond...

Buses filled with elderly men lumbered down dusty Panhandle roads and rolled to a stop at the edge of a cornfield. Wearing suits and ties, some pinned with Italian military medals, the men stepped onto the reddish dirt and walked toward a small white chapel tucked amid the stalks. They took turns entering the structure to read the inscription engra...

Esquire snubbed Houston among its recent 50 picks for best new restaurants in America, but a Montrose restaurant did get a nod as the country’s “Pizza Joint of the Year.” If readers scroll about halfway down the digital version of the magazine’s story, they’ll find Nonno’s Family Pizza among a trio of special category winners. The entry praises...

Italy meets Miami at a new restaurant in Uptown Park that turns from day to night with an expansive patio and speakeasy-esque back room. Lombardi Cucina Italiana opens its doors on Friday at 1101 Uptown Park, the second location from Dallas-based restaurateur Alberto Lombardi. The owner of 11 restaurant brands in his namesake restaurant group, incl...

Season 2 of FX/Hulu’s The Bear featured an intense and emotionally draining episode, a flashback to a Christmas Eve Feast of Seven Fishes meal at the Berzatto house several years prior. Carmy has come home to visit from Denmark. Matriarch Donna Berzatto, expertly portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis, is frantically preparing the dinner, drinking and chain...

Enzo’s Deli and Imports is now open in Plano. The restaurant—which is connected to the wine bar Corner Wines—serves a variety of Italian sandwiches, imported meats and cheeses, pasta dishes, desserts, and more. Michael Martin, owner of both Enzo’s and Corner Wines, said all of the food is made fresh in house. The muffuletta sandwich has been an ear...

Walking into Il Bracco, a current of déjà vu can sweep your neural system. You’ve been here before, in this dim, low-slung room with its clubby booths, its womblike walnut paneling, its prosperous crowd of grown-ups. To one side the travertine bar beckons, like the world’s longest and skinniest horseshoe. The place seems buffered from reality. Neit...