Houston >Food & Dining > Crapitto's Cucina Italiana
2400 Mid Ln, Houston, TX | Directions 7702729.743290 -95.450442
Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 5pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
Wonderful Waiter at Crapitto's – It was my 10th Wedding Anniversary last week and we wanted to try someplace we had never gone to. My husband's favorite food is Italian. The ambiance was wonderful as it was a welcome change from the larger chains we frequent. Our waiter Armando was superb. He made the evening so successful by his charm, friendliness and helpfulness in suggesting different items. We had a wonderful leisurely meal. The lobster bisque was fabulous!!! My pasta dish was excellent (Armando picked it out). The veal parmesean wasn't quite as good as my husband has experienced at other places but our service by Armando made up for it. Thanks Armando for a delightful evening! Can't wait to go back and sit outside!
Excellent Food, Great Service – Made our night really special, excellent food! awesome service!!
At the bottom of the hill! – I am disappointed to say it was my first visit to Crapitto's and perhaps my last. We sat in the bar before dinner (approx 6pm, the only two there) and was very disturbed by the large gathering of wait staff in this area to socialize (some of the conversation seemed to be restaurant business...shouldn't that take place out of the public area?)? We could not figure what was going on but when you are outnumbered 4:1 and the noise of them talking in such a large group and back/forth to the bartenders it made us, the customers, feel as though we were intruding on them!? OK, so on to dinner. We ordered the mozzarella wedges to start and split a Caesar salad. The cheese came out at room temperature and was not even close to melted!! It was as though they put the pre-processed cheese triangles on the plate and serve them...they were still firm and tasted as though I had just had a sample in the cheese department at my local supermarket. We sent them back and were brought some that were a bit warmer but still not the hot, melted and creamy items we were expecting. They appeared to be previously processed and possibly frozen. While I can't be certain, they just didn't appear or taste like freshly made that one would expect. The waiter was kind enough to split the salad for us and include anchovies on mine as requested...mistake on my part! The anchovies were dry and hard as though they were old. The dressing was bland and tasted more like mayonnaise than Caesar dressing. Newman's Own does a better job. At this point I didn't have much hope for the entrees and they lived up to my expectation. My date ordered Cappellini Di Mare which was OK. The large bites of crab and the shrimp were prepared well (not overcooked as many do) but it seemed nothing more than every other average alfredo sauce and again with little flavor. I ordered the Pollo Pamela and the chicken breast was pounded extremely thin and extremely overcooked. It was dry, stringy, and again like with most everything, no distinctive flavor. I can't say for sure why it had to be hammered so thin...perhaps to give the impression of being a larger portion? I would have been happier with thicker and cooked properly to come out tender and juicy not chicken jerky. I am very disappointed in my experience in this restaurant and would not recommend it. Perhaps some will say my expectations are too high, but what else should one expect from a restaurant of this caliber and reputation? Eat at your own risk.
Going downhill – This has been a favorate of mine for years, but unfortunately it has been going downhill for a while now. The quality of food has been disappointing the last 3 times I`ve eatin here. The calamari used to be amongs the best in the city and 1 reason for that was the fresh, very large shrimp they put in the dish. The last time we ordered this, the shrimp were probally 23-27 count instead of the usual 9-12 count.The calamari itself was a little on the soggy side (tough to do with fried calamari). Crapitto`s had a good run but it seems it`s over now.
2nd Time Around – August 18, 2010
My family and I returned back to the restaurant yesterday for a second visit via Mr. Crapitto's invitation. The service was much better this time and the waiter was a lot more welcoming and attentive to our table. We saw Mr. Crappitto stepping outside as we were walking in. We later asked to speak with him but was told he had left for the day. I wanted to thank him in person.
Thank You Mr.Crapitto,
"Very Bad Experience"
Thanks for the review. First let me sincerely apologize for the bad service, it was totally uncalled for and this is not the kind of service we give at my restaurant. I have narrowed it down to the server and he has been written up and will be terminated if it happens again.
I understand your not wanting to come back but I would like you and the person with you to come in and have dinner and let me treat you to another dinner totally on me, including wine or whatever you would like to drink. Please contact me through CitySearch and I will take care of your return visit. I hope you will give us another try because this type service is not what we are about.
Best Italian this side of New York – Took my wife and daughter to Crapittos for Mother's Day. They were impressed with the romantic atmosphere, the attention to service and the all so delicious food! Will be going back real soon, next time with friends!
Great experience – Wife and I did not have reservations, just showed up and they put us in a semi private room. The atmosphere was romantic, which was great. The wait staff were all very attentive. From the appetizers to the main meal, dessert and even the coffee were all excellent. Everything tasted so fresh. There was not one bite of food that we did not like. And to top it off, the valets did not give us a ticket when we parked, but when we left later, they were pulling our car up as we stepped into the parking lot. This place is a first class run business. This has now become our favorite Italian place to dine at.
Food Quality continuously going down – My family and I have been going to crappito’s for many years now, but unfortunately and during my recent visits both for a business lunch and at night with my wife, I noticed that the food quality isn't what it used to be. I ordered a risotto for my lunch and my client ordered the cannelloni, but both dishes were undercooked; the risotto wasn't as chewy as it supposed to be, and the cannelloni was cold from inside. Later that week when I went back with my wife, I was disappointed about the kitchen not been able to accommodate my wife's small changes to one of her favorite dish, on my part my veal chop was just not cooked right, I made it known but nothing was done about it.
I am only making these comments so that someone would look into the food quality and the way it is made, I wonder who is running the kitchen. I will still go back to Crappitto's, but if I have any further disappointments I will then take my business somewhere else.
wonderful Italian restaurant – My parents were in town recently, and we decided to try Crapitto's. What a great find!! My mother is unable to walk very well- which I had indicated in the reservation- and our table was easily accessible for her. This meant a lot because they had clearly considered my request. The food was just delicious- I had the chicken with artichokes, my husband had the pork chop, my father had the capellini del mar (?) and my mother had another chicken dish. All were just incredibly delicious!! We were so impressed with the dining experience, that we have returned several times- the last time was with one of our sons- and all visits have been very impressive. This is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Houston.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Crapitto's Cucina Italiana on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.