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Cavatore Italian Restaurant

Map & Directions 2120 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
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713-869-6622
  • Italian
  • Sun 4:30pm-9pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Lot available

Description

Houston Press' Description

Cavatore has had a long run near the corner of Ella and T.C. Jester. The building — a disassembled and site-rebuilt barn from the Texas hill country — tacks on 100 years of history, making for a place that feels like it's always been a part of the neighborhood. An open and airy expanse of worn wood and kitsch that has been home-away-from-home to families seeking a bit of Italian comfort since 1984, Cavatore is very much a neighborhood institution. It's the kind of place you went to with your parents, celebrating a school play or some other minor milestone. It's the place you take your kids because it's the place your parents took you. You might even bump into your parents; they still eat at Cavatore. The red-sauce-joint staples are fair to middling, but the table-side Caesar salad is worth a visit. Perked up with a firm dollop of Dijon mustard and spiked with fresh garlic and just a bit of Tabasco sauce, it's about as fine a version as you'll get, with the added perk of theater. Don't forget to try the Tortellini Con Panna, a dozen or so wrinkled buttons of pasta, lightly napped in a sauce far more elegant than the menu's "creamy Alfredo" promise, holding a loose and finely milled filling of minced veal. It's a deft and delightful dish. Skip dessert.

 
Member Reviews

  • on 07/11/13
    5

    Through the years I have eaten in there from birthdays partys to family gatherings we enjoy being their we always like to start with our fried calamar and tortollini followed by the best "ceaser salad" my favorite is the lasagña with the tasty tomato sauce topped with cheese all over. My daughter loves the manicoti freschi, my wife always orders salmon with a wonderful teragon... More >>

  • on 03/10/13
    5

    I had dinner at Cavatore's when I was in town from LA and I have to say this is truly a charming restaurant. The atmosphere, food and SERVICE was amazing. It is so rare to find a restaurant with live music, let alone a great singer and piano player, which I enjoyed so much.

    My friend and I were warmly welcomed from the moment we walked in the door. Had a great table in the back... More >>

  • on 03/10/13
    5

    Federico,

    Enjoyed it again last night....as usual. Keep the good times comin'!

    Thanks again,

    Chef Livingston

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