Piola

March 4, 2011

December 8, 2010 | Piola is a recent addition in Midtown.  After picking up a menu, I discovered that it was an international chain and was excited to go back to try the food.  I have to admit, I was a little disappointed.

We started off with an order of valle di templi (a whole mozzarella fior di latte with thinly sliced prosciutto crudo sided by fresh cherry tomatoes and fresh basil)– so far, so good.

We each ordered a pizza plus a gnocchi dish. I’ll be honest– I don’t remember the name of the pizzas now but it doesn’t really matter. While the toppings were good, the crust was undeniably flimsy. The bottom of the pizzas couldn’t hold up the top of the pizza AT ALL. I actually used a fork and knife to eat the pizza.  Maybe they didn’t put them in the oven long enough?

The gnocchi was eh. It was on the mushy side. This made me sad because I really wanted to like this place! We even were offered a free dessert pizza (yum)! I’m still willing to give place another shot but I won’t be the one initiating the visit.

Oh yeah, the decor inside is cute/trendy:

 

Piola
3201 Louisiana St., Suite #103
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-8222

Giacomo’s Ristorante

October 6, 2009

July 31, 2009 | For dinner, I made Jen wait with me to eat at Giacomo’s Ristorante (yelp), which didn’t take reservations!  I’d heard a ton of good things about it so I was willing to wait.  We had a comedy show to go to later that night so we went early just in case.  I started with a glass of red wine (house, I think?) while we deliberated over the menu written out by hand on the wall.

See?  Long line outside.  We were out there for an hour?  I can’t remember now, but it felt like a long time.  Especially since it drizzling.  Jen and I shared an umbrella, balancing it on our heads when we got tired of holding it up.  The place wasn’t big and there was a big party (of Asians, of course) in front of us.

We ordered the fried calamari (small, $7) for appetizer, having read a lot of good reviews.

It was just as everyone claimed– perfectly fried and very yummy!  I couldn’t resist ordering the lobster ravioli ($16) served with diced tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce, while Jennifer ordered the ziti with chicken and shrimp ($15), which came in a pesto cream sauce.

These two dishes may not look like much, but omg it was SOO filling.  It was tough– I was really full but it was just too good to waste!!  I definitely preferred my lobster ravioli over Jen’s chicken and shrimp ziti, but come on, it’s lobster!

I can see why this place is so popular.  Good Italian food and good service for a fairly reasonable price!  For those of you interested in visiting, it’s CASH ONLY, no reservations, and no desserts!  There were a lot of people waiting outside, so we didn’t linger too long once we were done with our food.