Despite the usual parking challenges that the Rice Village presents, this destination provides diners a great view of the action from Morningside and University. Large windows give an open feel, with the house-style setting feeling intimate. A covered patio with ample seating provides an opportunity for al fresco dining on more temperate days in Houston.
Their menu includes both lunch and dinner service during the week, as well as a Saturday Brunch. The restaurant is closed on Sunday. The brunch menu includes two styles of Frittata (an Italian style baked omelet) as well as a decadent Salmon and Eggs dish. For seafood lovers, the Insalata di Tonno made with grilled tuna steak and hearts of lettuce with a roasted pepper dressing will entice. Appetizers like the Burrata Mozzarella with balsamic vinaigrette, basil and mint will appeal to the more traditional Italian diner. And Pastas such as the Pizzaiola di Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia (squid ink-infused spaghetti tossed with fresh lobster meat and homeade pizzaiola) may sound over the top, but are in fact a wonderful and tasty excursion into the depths of flavors. Whatever your level of adventure, Sud Italia has a dish for you.
|Gotta Love Crusty Italian Bread and Olive Oil|
|Insalata D'anguria e Ricota|
|Orecchiette con Salsiccia|
As a conscientious diner, I very much enjoy good local restaurants of any cuisine that take pride in their cooking, take care of their customers and show respect to the food. Sud Italia is certainly one of these places, and Shanon Scott has clearly established a good presence that I hope will be with us for many years to come. I will most certainly be back.
And on a personal note: Normally I hit a good number of new places during Houston Restaurant Weeks in August through Labor Day. However, this year due to my ongoing issues with the Fistula (Surgery should be happening very soon), I had to lose 20 pounds or more (I succeeded!) and in order to do this I've had to dial back some of my eating as well as up the exercise, take better care of myself. Instead of visiting multiple restaurants, I made an anonymous cash donation to the Houston Food Bank and chose Sud Italia for my only HRW restaurant this year. This was not meant as a diss on any of the other awesome restaurants that were in HRW this year. This was simply a personal health choice. I will also add that Shanon Scott was on site the day I came by, is a friendly, jovial fellow and like other great Houston restaurateurs, he's a real character! I want to thank him and his staff for the wonderful service and great lunch I enjoyed! I look forward to my next visit after the surgery and recovery.
Sud Italia is located in the Rice Village. at:
Houston, TX 77005
713 664 7571.
Reservations are not required but are highly recommended.
Mon - Fri:
Lunch: 11AM-3 PM
Dinner: 5 PM-10 PM
Brunch: 11AM -4 PM
Dinner: 4 PM-10 PM
Eat Happy, Y'all!!!