Houston >Food & Dining > Palazzo's Trattoria
2300 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.742123 -95.425054
Mon-Thurs 11AM to 9:30PM
Fri-Sat 11AM to 10:00PM
Sun 11AM to 9:00PM
M-Th 11AM-2PM & 5-9PM
Fri 11AM-2PM & 5-10PM
Neighborhoods: Central, Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
Nice Brunch, Quiet and Enjoyable – My wife and I met another couple at Palazzo's today for a late brunch (2:00pm). We arrived first and order some Bellinis and the Romano Crusted Asparagus with lump crabmeat in lemon butter as an appetizer. The Bellinis were very tasty, not too much alcohol and not too sweet. The asparagus were excellent and the sauce was very nice. Five asparaus were served on the plate with the crab meat in a small pile in the center of the plate resting in ample sauce for the dish. In our group we had the Chicken Cannelloni (from the dinner menu), Sausage Frittata, Spinach and Proscuitto Frittata, and Italian Toast; everyone was extremely satisifed with the quality and portions. The frittatas were nice and light, but could have had a bit more sausage and proscuitto, respectively. My wife raved about the Chicken Cannelloni, and after tasting her's, I agreed. The Italian Toast is on my list for the next visit, our friend that selected was plesantly suprised and didn't offer to share. We all shared a Spumoni Ice Cream Cake, and it was wonderful.
The restaurant was not crowded due to the time of day, so it was nice and quiet. Our waitress was very attentive and helpful when making selections.
We will return, and are dissappointed we waited so long to try Palazzo's for brunch.
Best Pizza I Have Ever Had (the first time) – Okay, I have not actually been in the restaurant, since we just got carry out. So I can't comment on much. But I can say this was, without a doubt, the best pizza I've ever had. We had really high expectations when we ordered Vino's Pizza for carryout, because we knew Palazzo's Trattoria was awarded the "best pizza" position on Citysearch. I almost always feel disappointed when I have super high expectations based on "Best Of" lists and stuff like that. I was not disappointed at all! The toppings were excellent. Thick pepperoni, juicy ham, fresh peppers, the olives weren't all shriveled. I was seriously impressed. The cheese is delicious and gooey, but it doesn't slide off; the crust is crunchy and chewy at the same time. It was an artisan pizza, for sure. Usually pizza is good because it has great crust, or great sauce, etc. This pizza had pretty much everything going for it.
Update: We got the exact same pizza tonight and the toppings took a turn for the worse. No more thick juicy meat. That was disappointing. It wasn't nearly as good as the pizza we had that prompted my first rave review. Still good, though.
Downhill – I used to love this restaurant but I think they have lost it. The quality of the food has suffered the most. I hope it makes a comeback but I won't be back.
A Nice Surprise on a Gloomy Day – Although it was a dreary Saturday, when we decided to stop in for our first dining experience at Palazzo?s, the refreshing ambiance, delightful service and the decent wine list made for an afternoon well spent. I ordered the shrimp scampi, a tasteful combination of spinach, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and capellini. My companion ordered the fish of the day, flounder, a mediocre attempt at the ?special of the day?, but the artichokes that accompanied the dish were fantastic. The portions were hearty and the food light; enjoyable dishes for lunch. Overall, the service was excellent and the food delectable.
Mediocre – I have to say I was disappointed by the Palazzo. After reading the fantastic reviews, I took some family that was visiting for dinner today. We each ordered something different, and the reviews were mixed. I had the chicken marsala, which was okay, but certainly nothing to rave about. The spaghetti with meatballs tasted like Chef Boyardee, and the lasagna was okay. The pepperoni and Athena pizzas were total hits, however. The bread sticks are also great, although the waitress neglected to bring out olive oil with it.
I apologized to my guests, and promised them better food next time. I don't understand why this place was voted one of the best Italian restaurants in Houston. I can certainly think of other restaurants that aren't on the list that are way better than the Palazzo Trattoria.
They have it down! – I like going out to different restaurants every once in a while, and without any doubt, this is perhaps one of the best italian restaurants in town (River Oaks Location). I mean from A to Z! The valet parking service is absolutely great; even in a rainy day. The hostesses, waiters/waitresses, bartenders, bussers, and food runners have their job descriptions down, including management. I saw every manager touching basis with every single table. It is obviuos that customer service is a priority to them. Over all, I was very impressed with the whole dining experience, and I cannot tell enough about the quality of the food and how affortable it is. It almost sounds to good to be true, but check it out your self. For me, I have found my new italian dining spot.
Monday nights – If you love wine like i do Palazzos is a great place to go. On monday nights they offer discounts on bottles of wine, bottles that are normally $30 are $15 and if it is more than $30 they will take off $15. i don't know of anyother place that does that.. i try to go every monday to get the wine and the great food.
A Hidden Gem – My first visit to Palazzo's was when a co-worker suggested we go there for lunch a couple years ago and I've been a regular ever since. The food and atmosphere is wonderful - so I was obviously mad at my friend for not telling me about Palazzo's sooner!
As the word spread through our office, it became the favorite lunch spot for our staff and since it's one of the few places that makes everyone happy (even our picky eaters!). Now we're using their catering services for meetings and parties (very affordable).
Another perk if you happen to live close by... they deliver!! Our regular delivery guy even takes care to separate the hot items from the cold items so that our desserts and salads arrive in delicious condition.
When you go, be sure to start with the Romano Crusted Asparagus - amazing! For dinner, I like Chicken Marsala. Hubby always gets the Capellini Al Pomodoro and if you have a hearty appetite, the Southwest Chicken Lasagna. For pizza, their Pollo Pizza is our favorite. Of course tiramisu is the perfect ending to the evening!
Since I'm fortunate to also live nearby, I've gone with my husband for dinner and he really appreciates being able to get good food in a comfortable/relaxing atmosphere. Rather than taking friends to a typical chain restaurant, we like to take them to Palazzo's since their patio is the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon - especially with a bottle of wine. The new locations had a fabulous patio - definitely worth checking out!
Love the new location! – After going to Palazzos on Briar Ridge for years, decided to try the new River Oaks location - and once again they have a winner! Great place to unwind after work over a glass of wine. I had the Insalata Fresca for the first time and it was delicious topped strawberries and candied pecans! My husband had the Chicken Marsala and he is still raving about it. Make sure you save room for the bread pudding ? it is the best in the city! My husband and I will definitely be regulars here!!
They've lost their vision or are just misguided. – There has been a dropoff in the level of food and service since the move. As they have become busier, they have had to hire many new and inexperienced staff.
The entrees came out at varying intervals, in a haphazard fashion. When the smoke cleared, it turned out that one in our party had not received her entree. After much effort to locate our waiter, we alerted him to the situation. Clearly harried, he came back and dropped off the wrong order. After a second more difficult attempt to flag our waiter, we finally were able to explain our situation. Fourteen minutes later, a side dish not ordered, was brought out to accompany the wrong entree. A third attempt to rectify the situation was finally met with success. When told of the situation, management explained that it was "human error" which I can understand.
What I cannot understand is the recent uninspired quality of the food. My medium rare filet was cooked unevenly and ran the spectrum from medium to well done. I could go on the FOODTV website, copy a recipe for gilled snapper and produce an equivalent dish.
With the attempt to go more upscale with the upsizing, pretty interior and valet parking, they have not been able to keep up on the service and food end.
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