“One of Houston’s 10 best new restaurants.”

    Restaurateur Shanon Scott converted his Rice Village restaurant Sud Italia into this new spot devoted to (mostly) Roman food. Along with a new name, a new menu, and a new chef, the space has a fresh coat of paint and new floors that give it a more casual feel than its predecessor. It’s less expensive, too; osso bucco costs less than $30, and it’s possible to get a good bottle of Italian wine for under $50.

    Chef Angelo Cuppone keeps things traditional with his pasta carbonara by using pecorino-romano and guanciale, but cocoa-infused pasta adds a subtle sweetness to his cacio e pepe. Don’t miss the veal saltimbocca, served in a Roman style alongside a classic Jewish artichoke.