If you’re ever craving a great bowl of pasta, Paulie’s Restaurant on Westheimer in Houston is the place to go. Their pasta is homemade and is so delicious. My favorite is the Rigatoni Bolognese with ground veal and beef, tomato, cream, red wine, basil and Parmesan.
When my husband and I decided to move out of Houston’s midtown area and out to the suburbs it was a huge step for us. We wanted a bigger, more affordable place and we wanted a backyard for our dog to run around in. One of the things we knew we’d be missing out on was all of the great restaurants in the city. Life in suburbia would be chains, chains, chains. Tonight, we discovered an Italian restaurant that instantly became our favorite restaurant in our new suburban neighborhood. My husband is Italian and we have high standards when it comes to Italian restaurants and this one exceeded our expectations: Antonia’s Cucina Italiana.
When you open the menu at Antonia’s you’re greeted by dishes listed in Italian and a note from the restaurant that reads, “Devoted to maintaining the traditions of Italian cuisine and culture, we have honored the complex and rich flavors of Northern Italy by featuring fresh seafood, veal, and pasta dishes along with homemade desserts made from the finest ingredients.”
In my opinion, they stay true to their testament.
We started with the Calamari Fritti, lightly fried squid rings with banana peppers, sliced garlic and fresh lemon juice served with marinara sauce. The words that came out of my husband’s mouth were, “This may be the best I’ve ever had.”
I had the Pasta Carbonara with Chicken, pasta made fresh daily with bacon, onions, green peas and mushrooms in an Asiago cheese cream. It came with a house salad with a homemade balsamic vinagrette.
My husband had the Vitello Parmigiana (veal Parmesan), Sicilian style baked with marinara and mozzarella cheese. His dish came with a cup of homemade chicken and vegetable soup, which was delicious.
We drank their Chianti Classico, Rocca delle Macie, from Tuscany, which we loved and will be buying at Spec’s on a regular basis.
We ended the meal with Tiramisu and cappuccino.