2006 Lexington, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.731719 -95.409891
Sad Decline – We have been eating there for a couple of years and it is sad to see the quality of the place going downhill. We had brunch there this weekend to celebrate my wife's bday. We ordered our favorites (Fafalla ala Romana & Quatro Formagio Ravioli). The food quality has gone down on both dishes. The chef put the same average Fafalla ala Romana sauce on both dishes. My wife was very disappointed because the Quatro Formagio Ravioli used to have an excellent delicate tomato cream sauce that she absolutely loved. It appears the quality has gone down in many aspects and they are putting the same sauce on many of their dishes. We also ordered our favorite Cesar salads which were still pretty good. The only negative there is the salads are now served on little salad plates (much smaller portions) instead of the big salad bowls they used to use. This would not be so bad except they kept the same (higher) price. Finally we were sad to see the brunch drink specials were also discontinued. We left very disappointed that our once favorite restaurant in Houston is now just an average place that seems to be slipping dowhill fast. Time to look for a new Italian restaurant. I'm not sure if there was a management change but there was certainly a change in quality. On a positive note, the service remains excellent.
Stay away from this location – I would recommend staying away from this location! Waiter was not knowledgeable about menu or their own bar. Flies flying around the place, landing on our food. I saw the guy beside me swatting at his table, too. Only parking is valet. And we were charged for an item that was supposed to be a side to my wife's dish. They did not tell us there would be an extra charge. I asked them about that, and and they said they would not take it off. Talk about good will! Joke of a place. Food was very average.
Bad Policies on Groupons – Have to severely downgrade this restaurant for their policies. First, the food is OK at brunch, but not special. I would have liked to try at another time to judge its dinner entrees. Server was attentive without being obtrusive and it was quiet at 11:30 on Sunday. However, for an establishment that participated in a Groupon promotion, this restaurant went out of its way to alienate a potential regular customer who used the opportunity to try it for the first time. As noted, the Groupon cannot be used for alcohol. However, almost a third of our remaining bill was also excluded upon presentation of the check and these were not terms of the promotion. No non-alcoholic drinks, no tax, etc. And then, they forced a 20% gratuity on our party of three, also excluded. I take extreme exception to a restaurant's assumption of bad manners on the part of its clientele and won't be back.
This time they got it right! – I used to be a devoted regular of Mia Bella on Lexington for a long time, but I had stopped going because the quality of the food, service and management had diminished. I recently heard that it was under new management and decided to give it another try. I must say that I had a really wonderful experience. The food was perfect, the quality was just as I remember it being, service was excellent and manager was very attentive. He introduced himself and made sure we were taken care of. It seems that the new manager is on top of things and knows what he is doing. I have rediscover my love for this restaurant once again and I can't wait to go back again. If you have been one of us that had a bad experience, I definitely recommend you give it another try :)
Worst Italian Restaurant!! – WOW! I was extremely disappointed. I went there for teachers' Christmas luncheon. The waitress was really rude and dumb. Our director announced what we could choose from, and when we ordered, the waitress kept saying that we got our order wrong and they didn't have that dish. Then we showed her the menu, and she said, "Oh, you're right." Then when our dishes came out, sides and ingredients were missing. Everyone who ordered the chicken marsala including me, did not get our mashed potatoes and vegetables like we were suppose to. When each individual told the waitress what we were missing, she personally asked me if I wanted pasta with water or coffee! I said, "I'll pass." And in an unapologetic tone, said, "Sorry." The ones who ordered beef tenderloain pasta did not have any cherry tomatoes like it said on the menu.
The place also reeked of urine. It was the worst teacher luncheon I've been to!
Lack of Hygiene and Poor Service – I was very unimpressed. The waitress was absolutely worthless. Then I found a short, black, curly hair in my food. The manager was unapoligetic and said all the kitchen staff wore hair nets. I informed him I did not think it was a hair from the top of someone's head. They did however comp the food. The the bathroom smells of urine because there are signs up asking everyone to throw away any toliet paper instead of flushing it. This reastraunt is walking distance from my place and I would never go back.
Poor Service – This location has poor service, Management does not strive to make your experience memorable. While I was waiting, management argued with presumably an employee over the telephone about working their shifts. They seem to care about taking your money but you won't get much in return.
My favorite Italian restaurant! – I LOVE this place and highly recommend it. The food is great, even my picky sister found food she loved. My usual waiter is very outgoing and entertaining, although I had a so-so experience with another server, but the food was still great! I look forward to bringing more people here!
Food was great! – I visited the downtown location off of Main St. on a Tuesday evening. New to Houston, it was the only place that was busy. After I received my entrée, I could see why. I ordered the Pork Tenderloin with the reduction sauce and it was great, maybe a tad down, but the sauce made up any difference. It was served with sweet potatoes filled crepes that were to dye for. I washed the flavors away with their 05 Chianti.
I did get lost in the wait rotation for about 5 minutes after being seated which is not a big deal to me but I know some are quite demanding for waters and bread.
**What really made up any short comings was when I ordered my dish. The waitress let me finish ordering, and then went through the toils of explaining the meal to make sure it was exactly what I was expecting, perfect.
The only negative thing I could really find in the experience was, while being outside, beggars were constantly asking for change. There is nothing the restaurant can do, but I will set inside next time.
So exactly what DO you have on hand? – Wow!! I've never had such an absurd dining experience. It was truly a comedy of errors. We went for Sunday brunch as they are supposed to have bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys. The food was good, but nothing special. There are several other places for brunch with food as least this good. We were there at 11:30 am, which is pretty early considering the brunch goes until 3pm. Our server seemed bothered for us to ask her for anything. We were 1 of 4 tables there, and there was plenty of other staff, so you'd think she'd be attentive. I first ordered a mint julep-- turns out they were out of mint. I had to wait about 30 minutes but they did go out and get some more. The women with us ordered mimosas. When my buddy ordered a mint julep, again they were out of mint. I guess they only went out and got enough for one. So he had a maker's mark on the rock. After the second round of mimosas we were informed that they were out of champagne, but would have some more soon. By the time they got more champagne, we tried to get a refill on the bourbon but they were out. When we tried to order another round of mimosas they were out of champagne again. It seemed that there was a never ending cycle of them being out of 1 ingredient or the other. Our server basically abandoned us, but when we flagged the servers at other tables they were helpful. We were seated outside and when it started raining, we moved to the bar. Our server was MIA and the bartender refused to acknowledge our presence for at least 15 minutes-- which is impressive since the bar has about a dozen chairs and we filled 6 of them. If you want a decent brunch, go anywhere else. OH! And there apparently (I have not seen myself but have it on good authority) that there is a huge black mold population growing all over the women's room.
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