Trattoria De Velio is an Italian restaurant in the Rice University area of town between Chaucer Drive and Greenbriar Drive not too far away from a stroll in the park or shopping at either Rice Village or the Galleria.
The place is not big but it has a good array of food choices, the venue is located at 2325 University Boulevard and the hours of operations are from Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For their appetizers you can start out with the gamberi al vino bianco which is sautéed shrimp in a garlic and white wine sauce for $6.95, or the pasta e fagioli a typical Italian bean soup with pasta for $3.75, or even the pomodori all’ortolano which is a tomato salad with red onions and olives for $4.50.
For their first entrées go with the penne alla fornaia which are really baked ziti with eggplant and mozzarella for $8.95, or the simple spaghetti alla chitarra which come with fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil for $9.95, or the ravioli alla carrone which are cheese raviolis with a cream of mushrooms for $10.95.
While for their second entrées go with the pollo alla rustica which is chicken that comes with artichoke hearts and mushrooms, or the pollo alla trattoria which is pan roasted chicken with rosemary and white wine for $12.95, or go with the vitello alla romana which is veal scaloppini with sage and prosciutto for $14.95, or gow with some seafood such as the gamberoni al vino bianco which come sautéed in a garlic white sauce for $15.95.
And to finish up with dessert go with the cassata, which is a typical Sicilian really sweet cake or tiramisu for $4.50, or try their Champagne raspberry sorbet which is perfect during the summer for $4.25
The service is not bad at all even though it could stand to improve a bit but it is not horrible either so they get a B-/C+, as far as the food goes it is quite delightful and their pastas are not smothered in sauce which makes the taste a little more refined so they get a B+ while the prices of all the items on the menu deserve an A as they are great ones for the portions and quality of food that you receive.