Villagio’s Italian Restaurant in Houston, Texas: A Very Brief Overview

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Villagio’s is an Italian restaurant in the Galleria area with a mix flair of France, Spain and a little bit of Asian, which opened in 2003 and at first just served pizzas and sandwiches for the most part, but as the years went by they added more selections such as pork, steak and fish. The venue offers Italian food from all over from the Northern regions to the Southern ones and the food goes well with the very relaxed environment with a bring your own booze policy and with a contemporary modern décor.

The restaurant is located at 5777 San Felipe and the hours of operations are from Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They also have really affordable prices good for the whole family plus they have daily lunch specials posted on their menu which is convenient if you work in the area; so the prices get a solid B.

For their appetizers you can go with the funghi alla griglia which are marinated Portobello mushrooms cap served with roasted peppers for $8, a cup of tomato basil soup for $4, or the crab cakes which comes over corn, chick peas and poblano peppers for $10.

For their main entrées like pastas go with the artichoke and chicken pasta which are penne with sautéed sundried tomatoes, artichokes, chicken, spinach and prosciutto for $14, or the fettuccine Alfredo (this one is very popular with the children) for $11, or even the Porcini mushroom ravioli which come sautéed with zucchini, squash, red peppers and sun dried tomatoes and a white garlic butter sauce topped with Feta cheese for $14.

For their second entrées go with the pistachio trout which comes with two shrimp, grilled vegetables and a lemon Chardonnay sauce for $21, or the carb friendly chicken which comes with zucchini, squash, red and green peppers, broccoli, sautéed onions and mushrooms for $15 or even the pork chop with apricot mango sauce served with roasted potatoes and spinach for $19 and all come with a side of soup and salad.

The service is good, as the wait staff really knows what they are talking about when they suggest one plate over the other so they get a B+ however the food is average and the some of the dishes sometimes get smothered with sauce but the second entrées are better so overall they get a B-.

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