Houston >Food & Dining > D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe
5510 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7700529.716187 -95.415301
Mon - Thurs 11am-10pm
Fri - Sat 11am-11pm
Neighborhoods: South Central, University Place
This super cute market/cafe concept in the Rice Village is casual and family friendly. Stepping inside feels like you're in an Italian deli -- with house-made pastas, cured meats, cheeses in cold cases, as well as shelves of dry and canned goods. The seating is comfortable and quaint -- think red-gingham tablecloths, and no-nonsense diner-type stoneware plates. The crawfish ravioli is excellent, as are the wood fired pizzas. The fantastic patio fills up on sunny days and cool evenings as well.
Still not the Italian food I'm looking for... – I like the location of the place and the fact that they have a store with some Italian products. I also like the fact that you can buy all those tortellinis to take home...
Staff is nice.
But the menu is almost like everywhere - I was expecting more inspiring dishes from Italy which I can't find in other so called "Italian" restaurants.
They should also consider the amounts of sauce they put on pasta. For example carbonara - pasta shouldn't be swimming in a sauce but be gently "glued" by it...
I give 3 stars because of the store.
Great Food. Great Service. – The food was intensely flavorful. My husband loved his Chicken Braciolentini. I had a salad to leave room for my gelato. Loved it! The waiter was attentive and polite.
We went to D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe to try it, because a friend who had dined there and suggested we try their food. Seeing that the restaurant was in a nice shopping center, we agreed. My experience from the get go, my impression was that this place is really 'tweeny' and shouldn’t be taken seriously as a restaurant; wall paper to over done about Italy, it was as if I was at a travel agency, very poor taste decor for a restaurant, by the way in Italy restaurants are not decorated like that at all, unless you like to stare at the trashy remixes blaring mural walls while you eat. At first we ordered the our meals all four of us and had ordered seafood pasta, when our meal arrived, I notices that my portion on my plate was smaller than the others, I asked our waitress why was it that my portion was smaller than the other plates. The hostess attitude left too much to be desired:" There is nothing I can do for you she replied. That’s just the same portion and they are the same size” I point out that how could that be, just compare the size she kept insisting that the portion was the same I felt she was auguring with me instead of asking if she could do me right instead she asked me if I wanted to speak to the manager and I said yes I would like to. She ran off get the manager. The manager Broc Spedale was less than apologetic when I told him first about the waitress attitude and how she was arguing back about that portion of food were all the same, I believe that even a blind by touch would had been able to tell that the portions were not the same size. But my complaint to the manager was more about the waitress arguing with the customer now, than that of the portion itself. He defended his waitress stating that she did not argue with me how did he know she did or did not argue back, for one thing he wasn’t there, I even asked him how did he know if he wasn’t there in front of our table, he could not answer me, A simple apology, would had taken him a long way, but what really happen to common courtesy in now days. I believe that that restaurant manager has some personal issues; by the way he lashed out the restaurant customers. He ran off into the kitchen. Then came back out and told us everything would be taken care of (which he talk to his kitchen staff about equal portions, he thought he did the right thing by letting us know. A friend of mine voiced her opinion to the manager and told him how he had handled the situation very poorly and how he could had deflated the problem and handled the situation a little bit better, she wanted to let him know how he could become a better manager , but it was very obvious he didn’t want
to hear any suggestions or opinions from others and it was nuisance to his ears, to hear someone who is a manager at Rice University give him an advice, because he stated loud so that everyone in the restaurant could hear that he had a business to run and that he had been a manager for 30 years and that no one was going to tell him how to run a business. could of handled the situation more professional and could of deflated the problem, him I was, it was obvious he didn’t wanted to hear anything at first, It had been our first experience and a very bad one that is, I would never recommend this restaurant to friends. The manager could have made it right since the get go, instead he made a scene for everyone to see in the restaurant. I really doubt that the manager has all those years of experience as he claims he does whatever happen to Common Courtesy did he forget to acquire that trade down the line or it’s something that the restaurant does not practice in now days,
Feels like home – Cute little place with delicious food. The ambiance and comfort food make you feel like you are right at home. We loved the ravioli, salad, and just about everything else. The lunch specials are amazing.
Great Food, Great Prices! – This is one of the best places to eat in Rice Village, and probably Houston as well. Plus, when Two Rows is a 45 minute wait on the weekends, you can basically walk right in to this place and enjoy some great food and wine... for cheap! Their wine is VERY modestly priced and they have a fantastic wine selection considering it is such a small place. Homemade pasta and sauces make this one of the best Italian meals for you can buy, and most plates are under $13ish dollars.
Not a place to go on a romantic first date, but a great place to meet friends before going to some bars, or to grab a bite after work.
A couple of Cons: Beer selection is minimal and some portions are perfect size (a lot of the tortellinis) while some are HUGE, and could be easily split by two people.
Best Italian Cafe in Houston! – D'Amico came highly recommended from some of my native Italian friends so I gave it a try. As an Italian from Toronto I was very plased with the food and service. The products they sell in addition to what is on the menu is wonderful. I bought fresh ravioli and cold cuts while I was there and couldn't leave without a little gelato!
A comfortable blend of Italian grocery store, deli and cafe in the heart of Rice Village. – In Short
Crowded and full of energy, this cozy neighborhood eatery offers authentic Sicilian cuisine in a market-like atmosphere. Dine at checkered tablecloth-covered tables near cases of wine and bottles of olive oil. Nearby, shoppers buy cheese, fresh-made pasta and other Italian pantry staples. The affordable lunch menu features sandwiches, made-to-order pizzas, soups and salads. Dinner favorites include fresh fish of the day, gnocchi, chicken piccatta and veal marsala.
best pasta and clams – as a ffrequent visitor to italy and sicily to visit family, the food here is like eating in cefalu' along the sea side only the water is missing but the food is molto buono. highly recommended.
awesome food, awesome atmosphere – it's hard to go wrong with this menu. this place is probably one of my favorite restaurants. try the chicken stuffed with sausage in garlic sauce. the crabclaws are great! i only wish there was more per serving.
Great for Take-Out! – This is my go-to takeout place when I get home exhausted from work. They take my order over the phone and have it ready within 15 minutes. My favorite is the Marilyn Salad (fried calamari and capers over a bed of romaine). My husband loves the rotini and sausage with crema rosa sause. Do yourself a favor and check this place out!
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