Houston >Food & Dining > Prego
2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700529.715876 -95.416945
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: University Place, South Central
Prego has been serving Rice Village for close to 20 years. The bar is inviting, where you can stop in for a quick bite and partake of their great by-the-glass list. Most pastas are house made--the crank out roller kind. There are several options for ravioli but the Rabbit pappardelle is a must.
Must Have the Veal Chop! – I love, love Prego's! I always get the Veal special, the mac and cheese is like grandma used to make and the sauteed crab fingers are excellent when they have them. I always sit at the bar for dinner because Kathy is awesome. No matter how busy she is she always makes me feel special. The sommelier (wish I could remember his name) is great. Tell him what you like and what you want t spend and he will find something you will love. Also, he wont make a face if you say your price range is $30 a bottle. They also catered my friends wedding and the food was top notch!
Try the daily specials. – I've been going to Prego for years on a regular basis. While not all of the food on the menu is excellent, I've found that in general, they are delicious and of solid and consistent quality. The daily specials are spectacular in some cases, like this lobster linguini dish they've been serving recently and the soft-shell crab. Although this is probably my favorite Italian restaruant (and I eat out almost every meal), I recognize that this isn't like the Italian I've had overseas or in pricier restaruants. I take many guests there, and while everyone agrees Prego is delicious, not everyone LOVES it like I do.
Certain dishes are worth trying becaues my guests universally enjoy them -- like their lump crabmeat salad and the pepper soup. And their desserts! Yummm. The chocolate souffle! Make sure that it is ordered 20 minutes in advance. Not too sweet, not too light. Just weighty enough. The best espresso in Houston. The service is so-so.
The dinner can be expensive. Might be worth it to try their lunch.
Not impressed – Incredibly crowded...service was ok. Hostess' looked distracted and weren't even doing their job.
Food wasn't the best i've had.
All in all I just wasn't that impressed nor satisfied.
Could have definetely been better.
Hit-or-miss: funny-tasting seafood, cold doughy bread; great lamb, good dipping olive oil. Service great. – Went on a Sunday at lunchtime. Pretty empty. Service was excellent, but food was hit-or-miss. The bread they brought to the table was cold, and some of the bread seemed doughy and undercooked. The dipping oil was fantastic, lots of herb and garlic taste. My fiancee ordered the lamb; we both enjoyed it, although the potatoes that came with it were a little bland. I ordered the linguine pescatore with spicy red sauce; it tasted gross to me. The various shellfish in the dish had really weird tastes, as though they had stored the shellfish in the fridge with other foods and it had absorbed the smells around it.
Take your chances with this place. I probably won't go there again.
Nice Italian Neighborhood Restaurant – Very good Italian food, much better that chains like Carrabba's and the like. The food is fresh and well-prepared, and the service is excellent. They have a good kid's menu, and a very nice wine list. It gets busy here, so definitely make a reservation if you want to eat during peak hours.
Great Brunch! – My Girlfriend and I tried this spot out a few months back. Their brunch is super yum + affordable. I had the Spaghetti Carbonara, and my Lady had the Rigatoni w/ shrimp. She hasn't been able to stop talking about the Carbonara ever since. Good Stuff!
Best restaurant in Rice Village – The first 6 pages of the menu are filled with wines, and it's not until you reach the last 2 pages do you actually see the food. Unfortunately, my friend and I are not big fans of wine though if we were I'm sure it would have complemented our meal very well. The food selection was great, and I really enjoyed my salmon and my friend's veal entrees. The portions are huge, and the food was well-cooked and well-seasoned. I wasn't so impressed with the caesar salad as the last reviewer, but overall I'd say that this is the best restaurant in Rice Village, and I don't even like Italian food that much. The only bad thing was that it was sort of noisy, and we were there on one of the slower nights. I'm sure if we were there on a weekend night it would've been impossible to hear.
A Treasure Close to Home – I live 2 miles from Rice Village and always forget about this place when I'm craving Italian. My sister and I recently stopped in for dinner. I started with a petite Caesar, which was fresh and flavorable and not saturated with dressing. I then ordered the pumpkin and shrimp risotto with pancetta, and she had the primavera risotto with corn and asparagus among other veggies. Both dishes were heavenly. I would love to have this dish once a week, but it's loaded with sinful ingredients. I ate the rest of my risotto for breakfast the next day, and was reminded why I need to visit this place more often.
This restaurant does it RIGHT. – My god I love this place. I took my girlfriend here on our first date, and made reservations for a specific table, which, from insider info, is the best seat in the house! (Table 24) :-)
The wait staff was friendly, attentive, and informative, the menu and wine list were well rounded, and the clean atmosphere and quirky circus photography decor makes for a great date night.
I ordered the pork chops, which unfortunately was a bit dry, but I tried some of my girlfriend's salmon dish, which was much tastier. We ordered a bottle of merlot from the list, and as expected, it complemented our meal quite nicely.
I highly recommend this place for a great romantic evening out. They'll treat you right!
Amazing Food – Living in Sugar Land, I quickly grow tired of the chain/corporate restaurants and mediocre attempts at original and unique dining. Prego is a wonderful escape from mass-market monotony. The atmosphere is comfortable and laid-back and the service was very polite and efficient. The menu offers more than traditional Italian fare, most of the items very unique and specific. We started off with the spicy crab fingers, which were wonderful. I ordered the Linguini Pescatore. The sauce was amazing, light and flavorful, not too acidic and not too sweet, complementing the shellfish and shrimp perfectly. The clams, mussels, calamari and crab were very fresh, tender, I could even still taste the sweetness of the meat and subtle brine. My fiance and his brother ordered the Red Snapper, which was served with haricot verts, roasted butternut squash and oven dried tomato sauce. Afterward, we all shared a trio of desserts. An eggy bread pudding, which was more like a custard but was amazingly light and sweet, with berries and sweet cream. A warm apple tart and a dreamy panna cotta. I think I dream about those desserts at night! A wonderful dining experience, excellent service (our server was very attentive, but unobtrusive) and amazing food. A welcomed (and much needed) change in scenery and dining!
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