Collina’s Café Italian Restaurant in Houston, Texas: A Very Short Review

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Collina’s is a casual dining restaurant and the décor inside is very simple with no frills and it has a homey atmosphere especially since the venue is not too big, even though sometimes for dinner it does tend to get a little crowded especially on Friday. The restaurant is located near the Galleria area at 3835 Richmond Avenue and its hours of operations are from Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The menu items are quite simple and to the point and the prices are great for what you get, low prices and big portions. For their appetizers you can order the oysters Ernie which are dusted with flour and sautéed in brown butter Worcestershire sauce, or the calamari which are sautéed in lemon, butter, wine sauce, garlic and red bell peppers and are not fried for $7.99, or even the minestrone soup which comes with different fresh winter vegetables and four types of beans for $4.49.

Their strong plate is the pizzas, and you can get a twelve inch pizza like the primavera which has spinach, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms and carrots for $13.99, or the rustica which has sausage, eggplant and roasted bell peppers for $14.99 or even the Mona Lisa a la Lisa which includes roma tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, feta cheese, onions, sausage, pepperoni, and jalapenos for $16.99.

Of course if you wish for some pasta go with the Siciliano which come with eggplant, black olives, capers, and marinara over angel hair pasta, or the grilled vegetable lasagna for $9.99, or the tortellini which are stuffed with sausage and spinach with Alfredo sauce for $10.99, or even the seafood fra Diavolo which comes with shell fish tossed with linguini and spicy marinara sauce for $16.99.

For dessert you can order a brownie or lemon square for $1.49, or the tiramisu or the chocolate caramel pecan cheese cake for $4.49.

The food overall gets a B, because the pizzas’ do get an A-/B+ but the pastas sometimes come with a little too much sauce and therefore would get a B-/C, while the service gets a C+, because they can work harder on the customer service in general and be a tad bit faster and force more smiles.

The prices get an A because they are more than reasonable for all their entrées, appetizers, pizza’s and desserts.

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