D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe

★★★★★
  • 5510 Morningside Dr

    Houston, TX 77005

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  • 713-526-3400

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Hours
Mon - Thurs 11am-10pm Fri - Sat 11am-11pm Sun 5pm-10pm
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I like the location of the place and the fact that they have a store with some Italian products. I also like the fact that you can buy all those tortellinis to take home...\r
Staff is nice.\r
But the menu is almost like everywhere - I was

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★★★★★

I like the location of the place and the fact that they have a store with some Italian products. I also like the fact that you can buy all those tortellinis to take home...\r
Staff is nice.\r
But the menu is almost like everywhere - I was

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The food was intensely flavorful. My husband loved his Chicken Braciolentini. I had a salad to leave room for my gelato. Loved it! The waiter was attentive and polite.

3
★★★★★

The food was intensely flavorful. My husband loved his Chicken Braciolentini. I had a salad to leave room for my gelato. Loved it! The waiter was attentive and polite.

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We went to D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe to try it, because a friend who had dined there and suggested we try their food. Seeing that the restaurant was in a nice shopping center, we agreed. My experience from the get go, my impression was that this place is really 'tweeny' and shouldn??t be taken seriously as a restaurant; wall paper to over done about Italy, it was as if I was at a travel agency, very poor taste decor for a restaurant, by the way in Italy restaurants are not decorated like that at all, unless you like to stare at the trashy remixes blaring mural walls while you eat. At first we ordered the our meals all four of us and had ordered seafood pasta, when our meal arrived, I notices that my portion on my plate was smaller than the others, I asked our waitress why was it that my portion was smaller than the other plates. The hostess attitude left too much to be desired:" There is nothing I can do for you she replied. That??s just the same portion and they are the same size? I point out that how could that be, just compare the size she kept insisting that the portion was the same I felt she was auguring with me instead of asking if she could do me right instead she asked me if I wanted to speak to the manager and I said yes I would like to. She ran off get the manager. The manager Broc Spedale was less than apologetic when I told him first about the waitress attitude and how she was arguing back about that portion of food were all the same, I believe that even a blind by touch would had been able to tell that the portions were not the same size. But my complaint to the manager was more about the waitress arguing with the customer now, than that of the portion itself. He defended his waitress stating that she did not argue with me how did he know she did or did not argue back, for one thing he wasn??t there, I even asked him how did he know if he wasn??t there in front of our table, he could not answer me, A simple apology, would had taken him a long way, but what really happen to common courtesy in now days. I believe that that restaurant manager has some personal issues; by the way he lashed out the restaurant customers. He ran off into the kitchen. Then came back out and told us everything would be taken care of (which he talk to his kitchen staff about equal portions, he thought he did the right thing by letting us know. A friend of mine voiced her opinion to the manager and told him how he had handled the situation very poorly and how he could had deflated the problem and handled the situation a little bit better, she wanted to let him know how he could become a better manager , but it was very obvious he didn??t want

to hear any suggestions or opinions from others and it was nuisance to his ears, to hear someone who is a manager at Rice University give him an advice, because he stated loud so that everyone in the restaurant could hear that he had a business to run and that he had been a manager for 30 years and that no one was going to tell him how to run a business. could of handled the situation more professional and could of deflated the problem, him I was, it was obvious he didn??t wanted to hear anything at first, It had been our first experience and a very bad one that is, I would never recommend this restaurant to friends. The manager could have made it right since the get go, instead he made a scene for everyone to see in the restaurant. I really doubt that the manager has all those years of experience as he claims he does whatever happen to Common Courtesy did he forget to acquire that trade down the line or it??s something that the restaurant does not practice in now days,

2
★★★★★

We went to D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe to try it, because a friend who had dined there and suggested we try their food. Seeing that the restaurant was in a nice shopping center, we agreed. My experience from the get go, my impression was that this place is really 'tweeny' and shouldn??t be taken seriously as a restaurant; wall paper to over done about Italy, it was as if I was at a travel agency, very poor taste decor for a restaurant, by the way in Italy restaurants are not decorated like that at all, unless you like to stare at the trashy remixes blaring mural walls while you eat. At first we ordered the our meals all four of us and had ordered seafood pasta, when our meal arrived, I notices that my portion on my plate was smaller than the others, I asked our waitress why was it that my portion was smaller than the other plates. The hostess attitude left too much to be desired:" There is nothing I can do for you she replied. That??s just the same portion and they are the same size? I point out that how could that be, just compare the size she kept insisting that the portion was the same I felt she was auguring with me instead of asking if she could do me right instead she asked me if I wanted to speak to the manager and I said yes I would like to. She ran off get the manager. The manager Broc Spedale was less than apologetic when I told him first about the waitress attitude and how she was arguing back about that portion of food were all the same, I believe that even a blind by touch would had been able to tell that the portions were not the same size. But my complaint to the manager was more about the waitress arguing with the customer now, than that of the portion itself. He defended his waitress stating that she did not argue with me how did he know she did or did not argue back, for one thing he wasn??t there, I even asked him how did he know if he wasn??t there in front of our table, he could not answer me, A simple apology, would had taken him a long way, but what really happen to common courtesy in now days. I believe that that restaurant manager has some personal issues; by the way he lashed out the restaurant customers. He ran off into the kitchen. Then came back out and told us everything would be taken care of (which he talk to his kitchen staff about equal portions, he thought he did the right thing by letting us know. A friend of mine voiced her opinion to the manager and told him how he had handled the situation very poorly and how he could had deflated the problem and handled the situation a little bit better, she wanted to let him know how he could become a better manager , but it was very obvious he didn??t want

to hear any suggestions or opinions from others and it was nuisance to his ears, to hear someone who is a manager at Rice University give him an advice, because he stated loud so that everyone in the restaurant could hear that he had a business to run and that he had been a manager for 30 years and that no one was going to tell him how to run a business. could of handled the situation more professional and could of deflated the problem, him I was, it was obvious he didn??t wanted to hear anything at first, It had been our first experience and a very bad one that is, I would never recommend this restaurant to friends. The manager could have made it right since the get go, instead he made a scene for everyone to see in the restaurant. I really doubt that the manager has all those years of experience as he claims he does whatever happen to Common Courtesy did he forget to acquire that trade down the line or it??s something that the restaurant does not practice in now days,

Pros: rude staff

Cons: do not practice common courtesy

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Cute little place with delicious food. The ambiance and comfort food make you feel like you are right at home. We loved the ravioli, salad, and just about everything else. The lunch specials are amazing.

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★★★★★

Cute little place with delicious food. The ambiance and comfort food make you feel like you are right at home. We loved the ravioli, salad, and just about everything else. The lunch specials are amazing.

Pros: Delicious entrees, great prices, great service

Cons: none!

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This is one of the best places to eat in Rice Village, and probably Houston as well. Plus, when Two Rows is a 45 minute wait on the weekends, you can basically walk right in to this place and enjoy some great food and wine... for cheap! Their wine is VERY modestly priced and they have a fantastic wine selection considering it is such a small place. Homemade pasta and sauces make this one of the best Italian meals for you can buy, and most plates are under $13ish dollars.

Not a place to go on a romantic first date, but a great place to meet friends before going to some bars, or to grab a bite after work.

A couple of Cons: Beer selection is minimal and some portions are perfect size (a lot of the tortellinis) while some are HUGE, and could be easily split by two people.

2
★★★★★

This is one of the best places to eat in Rice Village, and probably Houston as well. Plus, when Two Rows is a 45 minute wait on the weekends, you can basically walk right in to this place and enjoy some great food and wine... for cheap! Their wine is VERY modestly priced and they have a fantastic wine selection considering it is such a small place. Homemade pasta and sauces make this one of the best Italian meals for you can buy, and most plates are under $13ish dollars.

Not a place to go on a romantic first date, but a great place to meet friends before going to some bars, or to grab a bite after work.

A couple of Cons: Beer selection is minimal and some portions are perfect size (a lot of the tortellinis) while some are HUGE, and could be easily split by two people.

Pros: Great Wine Selection, Great prices on EVERYTHING, Great place to meet friends and talk

Cons: Minimal Beer selection

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D'Amico came highly recommended from some of my native Italian friends so I gave it a try. As an Italian from Toronto I was very plased with the food and service. The products they sell in addition to what is on the menu is wonderful. I bought fresh ravioli and cold cuts while I was there and couldn't leave without a little gelato!

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★★★★★

D'Amico came highly recommended from some of my native Italian friends so I gave it a try. As an Italian from Toronto I was very plased with the food and service. The products they sell in addition to what is on the menu is wonderful. I bought fresh ravioli and cold cuts while I was there and couldn't leave without a little gelato!

Pros: Great food for a great price

Cons: None, I love this place :)

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as a ffrequent visitor to italy and sicily to visit family, the food here is like eating in cefalu' along the sea side only the water is missing but the food is molto buono. highly recommended.

cj d'aquila

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★★★☆☆

as a ffrequent visitor to italy and sicily to visit family, the food here is like eating in cefalu' along the sea side only the water is missing but the food is molto buono. highly recommended.

cj d'aquila

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it's hard to go wrong with this menu. this place is probably one of my favorite restaurants. try the chicken stuffed with sausage in garlic sauce. the crabclaws are great! i only wish there was more per serving.

2
★★★★★

it's hard to go wrong with this menu. this place is probably one of my favorite restaurants. try the chicken stuffed with sausage in garlic sauce. the crabclaws are great! i only wish there was more per serving.

Pros: great food, great atmosphere, nicely priced

Cons: not really anything to complain about.

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This is my go-to takeout place when I get home exhausted from work. They take my order over the phone and have it ready within 15 minutes. My favorite is the Marilyn Salad (fried calamari and capers over a bed of romaine). My husband loves the rotini and sausage with crema rosa sause. Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

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★★★★★

This is my go-to takeout place when I get home exhausted from work. They take my order over the phone and have it ready within 15 minutes. My favorite is the Marilyn Salad (fried calamari and capers over a bed of romaine). My husband loves the rotini and sausage with crema rosa sause. Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

Pros: Amazing food!

Cons: None to speak of.

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We tried D'Amico's for the first time tonight. The crab fingers were the best I've ever had - they were in a superb garlicky broth. The walnut and wild mushroom tortillini was also fantastic. The service was quick and pleasant. Our family will be going back soon!

2
★★★★★

We tried D'Amico's for the first time tonight. The crab fingers were the best I've ever had - they were in a superb garlicky broth. The walnut and wild mushroom tortillini was also fantastic. The service was quick and pleasant. Our family will be going back soon!

Pros: Great food, quick serice, cute ambiance

Cons: Parking is a little tough

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I have to say I was astonished at the attitude from the owner of this restaurant, considering it's so highly regarded.

After a group meal there was a mix up in paying the bill (an insignificant 200dollars), the restaurant's mistake not the diners.

The response from the owner was to bully the lady who was celebrating her WEDDING NIGHT to tears over the phone!

Needless to say this has left a very bitter after taste with everyone celebrating what should have been one of the happiest days of someone's life.

SUMMARY: go somewhere else; you'll end up with a far more enjoyable experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to say I was astonished at the attitude from the owner of this restaurant, considering it's so highly regarded.

After a group meal there was a mix up in paying the bill (an insignificant 200dollars), the restaurant's mistake not the diners.

The response from the owner was to bully the lady who was celebrating her WEDDING NIGHT to tears over the phone!

Needless to say this has left a very bitter after taste with everyone celebrating what should have been one of the happiest days of someone's life.

SUMMARY: go somewhere else; you'll end up with a far more enjoyable experience.

Cons: money grabbing, tyrant

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I love D'amicos, just wish it wasn't so far away. They have great atmosphere, you can sit on the patio or in the cafe, surrounded by Italian decor, it's lovely! They offer great service and the food is wonderful, you can pick and choose from their lunch menu, which alternates each day. It's fun to try several different items on a platter to find your fave. Highly recommend trying them. Nothing microwaved & freshly prepared, served hot & steamy.

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★★★★★

I love D'amicos, just wish it wasn't so far away. They have great atmosphere, you can sit on the patio or in the cafe, surrounded by Italian decor, it's lovely! They offer great service and the food is wonderful, you can pick and choose from their lunch menu, which alternates each day. It's fun to try several different items on a platter to find your fave. Highly recommend trying them. Nothing microwaved & freshly prepared, served hot & steamy.

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It's a great place to enjoy the spring and fall evenings. Service can be slow at times. Food is always good. Wine reasonable. Bread could be upgraded. Seafood dishes are always fresh. I just hate the expanded wire table tops!!! A plastic table cloth would improve things greatly.

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★★★★☆

It's a great place to enjoy the spring and fall evenings. Service can be slow at times. Food is always good. Wine reasonable. Bread could be upgraded. Seafood dishes are always fresh. I just hate the expanded wire table tops!!! A plastic table cloth would improve things greatly.

Pros: Location, Prices, Patio

Cons: Table Tops, Service, Parking

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Excellent place. Best place in town for lunch. Lunch is cheap, fast, and always different, or the same, you choose. Soups are best in town. Great atmosphere.

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★★★★★

Excellent place. Best place in town for lunch. Lunch is cheap, fast, and always different, or the same, you choose. Soups are best in town. Great atmosphere.

Pros: food, staff

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Best itilian food in Houston and surrounding areas. My son and I drive 75 miles just to eat at D'Amico's. We LOVE the food and the service we receive there.

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★★★★★

Best itilian food in Houston and surrounding areas. My son and I drive 75 miles just to eat at D'Amico's. We LOVE the food and the service we receive there.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good parking, great food

Cons: so far away, construction downtown, too small

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This is a Rice Village favorite for our family. We love the fresh and tasty pasta dishes (especially the gnocci and the walnut-mushroom tortellini), the excellent, made-to-order pizzas, and side dishes like the artichoke casserole and garlic bread. We dine-in often, but also like their take-out option. Prices are very reasonable; portions are generous without being overwhelming; service is always friendly and efficient. I only wish D'Amico's had longer weekend hours (esp. for lunch) and more parking.

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★★★★☆

This is a Rice Village favorite for our family. We love the fresh and tasty pasta dishes (especially the gnocci and the walnut-mushroom tortellini), the excellent, made-to-order pizzas, and side dishes like the artichoke casserole and garlic bread. We dine-in often, but also like their take-out option. Prices are very reasonable; portions are generous without being overwhelming; service is always friendly and efficient. I only wish D'Amico's had longer weekend hours (esp. for lunch) and more parking.

Pros: Fresh pasta, Excellent pizzas, Inexpensive

Cons: Limited parking, No Sunday lunch times

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This is one of our favorite places inside the loop. The food is always prepared freshly and borders on outstanding every time we go. The deli/grocery style decor took some getting used to but now it feels like we are in our favorite aunt's kitchen. The fish dishes are fresh and cooked to perfection and the pasta dishes are equally great.

2
★★★★★

This is one of our favorite places inside the loop. The food is always prepared freshly and borders on outstanding every time we go. The deli/grocery style decor took some getting used to but now it feels like we are in our favorite aunt's kitchen. The fish dishes are fresh and cooked to perfection and the pasta dishes are equally great.

Pros: the food baby!

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I was introduced to this restaurant about four years ago by a friend. The salad is good. The atmosphere is mom and pop type. My favorite dish is no longer on the menu, but can be ordered anyway - chicken cuscinetti. This is a chicken breast stuffed with mozerella and prosciutto and coveres with a tomato marsala sauce. Their shrimp bisque is phenomenal, but it is rarely available (the restaurant changes the soup every day). This place does not have much seating room, so do not go with large groups. this place gets busy on the weekends, so prepare to wait. Either that or go early.

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★★★★★

I was introduced to this restaurant about four years ago by a friend. The salad is good. The atmosphere is mom and pop type. My favorite dish is no longer on the menu, but can be ordered anyway - chicken cuscinetti. This is a chicken breast stuffed with mozerella and prosciutto and coveres with a tomato marsala sauce. Their shrimp bisque is phenomenal, but it is rarely available (the restaurant changes the soup every day). This place does not have much seating room, so do not go with large groups. this place gets busy on the weekends, so prepare to wait. Either that or go early.

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Creative, fresh tasting "real Italian" food. The patio is a pleasant place to sit on a nice day and watch the Rice-ites and medical upper crust do their business around Rice Village.

Not the usual predictable Italian fare, this is much more authentic, in a relaxed "market" atmosphere. You can tell they take pride in their cooking. The crawfish Ravioli with a creamy light red sauce was fantastic. Also good was the meat lasagna. Each was $7 for lunch including a mixed or Caesar salad and bread. Dinners run around $12 for pastas to $18 for seafood specials.

You really notice the freshness of the pasta, and can get special prepared refrigerated pastas and Italian meats to go. Friendly and efficient service. One of our new favorites.

2
★★★★★

Creative, fresh tasting "real Italian" food. The patio is a pleasant place to sit on a nice day and watch the Rice-ites and medical upper crust do their business around Rice Village.

Not the usual predictable Italian fare, this is much more authentic, in a relaxed "market" atmosphere. You can tell they take pride in their cooking. The crawfish Ravioli with a creamy light red sauce was fantastic. Also good was the meat lasagna. Each was $7 for lunch including a mixed or Caesar salad and bread. Dinners run around $12 for pastas to $18 for seafood specials.

You really notice the freshness of the pasta, and can get special prepared refrigerated pastas and Italian meats to go. Friendly and efficient service. One of our new favorites.

Pros: fresh pasta, outdoor patio, inexpensive

Cons: parking on busy nites

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This is absolutely my favorite restaurant in Rice Village. If the weather is nice call ahead for a table outside.

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★★★★★

This is absolutely my favorite restaurant in Rice Village. If the weather is nice call ahead for a table outside.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Rice Village Parking

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good food, good friends, good wine. thats all i need in my corner italian eatery and d'amicos has all three and more.

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★★★★★

good food, good friends, good wine. thats all i need in my corner italian eatery and d'amicos has all three and more.

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D'Amico's has quickly become a fixture in the Rice Village Arcade, featuring superb Italian delicacies at a reasonable cost. Best calamari in town, bar none. In fact, D'Amico's has a surprisingly diverse seafood offerings (the snapper special's a must). Nothing beats sitting in the "Old World"-styled patio, drinking a little pinot grigio (served in the traditional little table glass), enjoying the fresh-baked panne with oglio d'olivo (that's olive oil to the rest of us) - buon appetito!

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★★★★★

D'Amico's has quickly become a fixture in the Rice Village Arcade, featuring superb Italian delicacies at a reasonable cost. Best calamari in town, bar none. In fact, D'Amico's has a surprisingly diverse seafood offerings (the snapper special's a must). Nothing beats sitting in the "Old World"-styled patio, drinking a little pinot grigio (served in the traditional little table glass), enjoying the fresh-baked panne with oglio d'olivo (that's olive oil to the rest of us) - buon appetito!

Pros: great value, Dr. Red Duke likes it, lunch specials a must

Cons: everyone likes it, not open Sundays, can get crowded quick

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We've been going to D'Amico's since 1996 and the food is just a great now as it was when we went the first time. And the ambiance and people are great. Hope it stays for many more years to come.

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★★★★★

We've been going to D'Amico's since 1996 and the food is just a great now as it was when we went the first time. And the ambiance and people are great. Hope it stays for many more years to come.

Pros: price, service, food

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How in the world did D'Amico's not make the best of Italian food rankings? Are people with no tongues doing the taste testing? The BEST chicken fettuccine in the city, hands down, no contest. Now if we could just get rid of all the yuppie village crowd spoiled idiots who are rude, this place would be much, much more enjoyable...I could eat in peace and quiet.

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★★★★★

How in the world did D'Amico's not make the best of Italian food rankings? Are people with no tongues doing the taste testing? The BEST chicken fettuccine in the city, hands down, no contest. Now if we could just get rid of all the yuppie village crowd spoiled idiots who are rude, this place would be much, much more enjoyable...I could eat in peace and quiet.

Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Inexpensive

Cons: More outdoor seating

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I really enjoyed my dining experience at this restaurant. Our waiter, Carl, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and wines. I enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere and will recommend this place to my friends. Its great food, great price, and relaxed atmosphere.

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★★★★★

I really enjoyed my dining experience at this restaurant. Our waiter, Carl, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and wines. I enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere and will recommend this place to my friends. Its great food, great price, and relaxed atmosphere.

Pros: atmosphere, selection

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If you like creative Naples food with standard products served by indifferent wait staff this is the place. Food is heavy so be prepared for sleepy afternoon.

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★★★☆☆

If you like creative Naples food with standard products served by indifferent wait staff this is the place. Food is heavy so be prepared for sleepy afternoon.

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The D'Amicos have been dishing up Italian family fare for decades in Houston and D'Amico's Italian Market cafe is no exception. Whether folks are stopping in to grab some of the market items like the imported cheeses, wines and fresh made…

 

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