Houston >Food & Dining > giacomo's cibo e vino
3215 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.742135 -95.423566
Neighborhoods: Afton Oaks/ River Oaks, Central
Lynette's pastas get rave reviews. They are delicate and rather small portioned for Houston, but you get quality. the tagliatelle bolognese is solid. Decor is super cute and colorful. Order a drink in one of the hand painted carafes to share with a friend.
My FAVORITE – i love this place, great food , great decor , great service!
Lynette the owner is simply delightful, fellow dog lover and goes out of her way to make EVERYONE feel welcomed! it trickles down from the top thru to her staff they all get a big fat A+
Chilled soups and Seafood salads are a must! and Lynette's OLIVE OIL that is for sale is a must have in every Houston home!
Best Italian Restaurant In Houston – This is probably one of the best Italian Restaurants in Houston. Named after the Chef's beloved dog, Giacomo's is truly an innovative Italian restaurant that puts much love into its foods. The restaurant has a Venetian styled appetizer bar where you can choose up to 6 appetizers of your choice, including gazpacho or hot soup, and sit in the cafe with bread and a drink. There are so many innovative appetizers that it becomes really hard to decide what you want. I personally would recommend the ratatouille - it was so flavorful and the vegetables were incredible.
The Chef makes a variety of authentic Italian dishes that she learned from Italian women when she was growing up in Italy. The pasta shows a type of quality that is hard to find in any other restaurant in Houston and meats are so succulent and savory. Don't even get me started on the delicious deserts that range from home made vanilla and lemon panna cotta to chocolate mousse with hazelnut toppings.
This is definitely my favorite Italian restaurant in Houston and I can't wait to go back for more!
Citysearch Editorial Review – In one word, Giacomo is convivial. Owner Lynette Hawkins wants you to drop in any time of day for cheap, drinkable wine, snacks and hanging out Venetian-style (only possible with the aforementioned wine and food). At the cafeteria-style counter, a variety of cicchetti, or small plates, like marinated peppers and spicy lamb meatballs, are on display and additional big plates including tortelli richly stuffed with chard and goat cheese are described on chalkboards hanging above. All the pointing and grabbing for items can add up quickly and the process is initially confusing but worth it. The mosaic of colorful, asymmetrical tiles on the main wall creates a casual, cheerful environment that makes you want to stay a while.
Light & Delicious Food - Incredible Wine Selection – I went with some friends after work who had wanted to try out this restaurant. That was 5 days ago and I still think about the spicy marinated shrimp with garlic and olive oil. We had a really nice bottle of Valpolicella from northern Italy and finished with Prosecco. Nice crowd of patrons. Gosh that was fun. I would recommend this place.
Contemporary Italian - Great Food, Service & Wines – Giacomo's is located on Westheimer between River Oaks High School and Kirby. We were surprised about the contemporary cuisine of this restaurant after the previous restaurant there was more traditional Italian. Giacomo's has a very authentic contemporary authentic Italian feel. The setting is energetic and fun with lots of windows and an outside patio that is hopping most of the year. The other patrons we saw included singles and families from the nearby River Oaks area as well as lots of younger singles and couples from Midtown, Montrose, and the Museum District who seemed to be regular patrons. The staff is young, friendly, and on top of things. The menu is a blend of contemporary and traditional italian food - all delicious. Their wine selections are listed on a huge chalk board on one wall. What will delight you is the wide selection wines from all over Italy and a respectable collection of wines from other places, including California, Spain, and Australia. What will shock you is that the wine bottle prices are about 1/2 that of other nearby good restaurants. I highly recommend Giacomo's.
Delicious swiss chard/goat cheese pasta! – Giacomo's has the best tortelli pasta with chard goat cheese pasta in the world. Other must trys - tapas, cicchetti and trout! The vibe is casual - modern, order at the counter, so it's fast. Must try the gnocchi di funghi yum!!! Charming patio and friendly staff.
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