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Nundini Chef’s Table

We have been several times now. The exterior does not look very inviting, but the food is great. Inside, there is an Italian market as well.

They have great Italian food including pasta, entrees, and all the classic appetizers, soups, and salads. The desserts are yummy too (although you can also grab gelato from the market). The first time, we ordered from the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu and the second time off the regular menu. We had an issue with the speed of service on the second trip, but I think that was a fluke.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes.

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D’Amico’s

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D’Amico’s Italian Market

  • The Heights – 2802 White Oak
  • Friday evening
  • Parking was very limited
  • Entrees were about $18-$20 on average
  • http://damico-cafe.com/

This Italian restaurant was great. The food was very tasty, the server very friendly, and they had soul music playing in the background (so of course I was grooving all through the meal). For a Friday night, it was not very crowded especially considering it was difficult to find a parking spot. There are a number of restaurants in the area that all share the same few parking lots. The restaurant also has a market with fresh made pasta, gelato, and other Italian delicacies. There is a large patio area, but it was still 100 degrees so we opted to sit inside.

We arrived during happy hour prices so I had a refreshing $4 bellini to start.

First, I ate a house salad. The dressing was a creamy Italian dressing already mixed in with the greens vs. on the side and it was a little heavy on the garlic. Andrew had a caesar salad. Thankfully she asked if he wanted the capers on the side (I do not like capers at all and I don’t think he does either).

My main course was a veal parmesan with fettucine alfredo. I don’t normally order fettucine alfredo if given the option – it tastes delicious but the cream is not as healthy compared to eating a marinara sauce. This fettucine was delicious (probably because I haven’t eaten it in a while) but the sauce slightly thicker than I would prefer. The veal parmesan was breaded with a marinara sauce and then covered in melted cheese. I could see the grease more than I would like. Overall, it was tasty and a huge portion which I didn’t finish. Alfredo sauce never reheats well, so I skipped the doggie bag.

Andrew ordered the special Chicken Asiago. I may have ordered that for myself except the server warning it was a huge portion size: it came out on a platter. The chicken was breaded and stuffed with asiago and spinach. He said it was a little heavy on the sauce, making the breading a little soggy. It was paired with mixed veggies and seasoned potatoes.

As always, I was stuffed at the end of the meal but couldn’t skip the delicious-looking desserts. We ordered them to-go. I ordered my all-time favorite Tiramisu. It was a large portion (easily shareable), so I ate it in 2 batches that evening. Overall, a pretty good Tiramisu. There was a thick layer of the marscapone cream mixture but it wasn’t proportional to the lady fingers layer. It had a nice sprinkling of, I believe, shaved dark chocolate vs. cocoa. Andrew ordered the Italian cream cake which he devoured. He mentioned the icing was fondant (or fondant-like). That came in a more reasonable portion.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Yes, but I will order a different dish.

UPDATE: 1 day after posting this blog, I read this article discussing D’Amico’s closing their Heights location. They still have a location in Rice Village and plan to open a new location in Katy.