Amalfi Ristorante Italiano Houston Restaurant Weeks Preview

You know what can mess up a writer’s whole day? Writing a bomb article and having it accidentally deleted. That’s pretty much what happened to me with this post, so here’s to hoping I remember everything I had written. As promised this week, I’m sharing my favorite dishes from a few Houston Restaurant Weeks menu preview dinners I recently attended.  One of them was Amalfi Ristorante Italiano, an Italian restaurant off of Westheimer, in between Fountain View and South Voss.


Amalfi Ristorante was started to pay homage to owner and executive chef, Giancarlo Ferrara’s home on the western coast of Italy. Ferrara imports fresh fish, cheese and wines from his hometown of Salerno, Italy, as well as the neighboring villages for a true taste of the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi will be serving a 3-course restaurant weeks dinner  for $45, with $7 of each meal sold donated to the Houston Food Bank. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from on this menu, so whether you decide to bring your significant other or you parents, they’ll each certainly find something they like.

We started the evening with complimentary frozen bellinis and appetizers for the table, and continued with the tasting. What I loved most about this restaurant is that the food doesn’t immediately fill you up like most restaurants, the portions are great(note our portions for the tasting were smaller). Another thing I loved was that you are given ample amount time between each course for your system to process the delicious food.

Welcome appetizers and frozen Bellini from Chef Giancarlo
Fichi con Prosciutto di Parma e Balsamico: Imported parma prosciutto served with fresh black mission figs drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. Refreshingly sweet first course option.

Capesante in Padella con Crema di Zucchini e Tartufo: Sea diver scallops pan-seared in olive oil and sea salt, served with baby zucchini mousse, chanterelle mushrooms and summer black truffles cream sauce. This was hands down my favorite! I usually am not a huge fan of scallops(plain), but the pairing here was magnificent. I could have the zucchini mousse and truffle cream sauce soup any day.


Calamaretti Fagiolini e Patate: Grilled baby calamari served with green beans and fingerling potato salad tossed with white wine vinegar, fresh mint, and basil pesto dressing. This one was refreshing as well, light and not too heavy.

Tortelli di Patate e Pancetta al Brasato 10 Ounce: Homemade tortelli stuffed with braised potatoes, pancetta and asiago cheese, served with boneless beef short ribs braised in red wine and tomatoes. Mama mia!! I’m obsessed with short ribs and this one took it to another level. Cooked to perfection in red wine and tomatoes that give off the taste of my mom’s homemade sauce. Highly recommended second course!
5 Ounce Branzino con Gnocchi al Limone e Carciofi: Filet of mediterranean sea bass “branzino” pan-roasted and served with potatoes gnocchi, roasted artichoke and lemon cream sauce. I;m not a huge fan of Gnocchi(too thick) but the sea bass is amazing and paired with the roasted artichoke in lemon sauce, perfection!
Pesca Melba e Gelato alla Vaniglia: Vanilla bean gelato with caramelized Texas yellow peaches. There were other deserts(see picture at top) but this one took the crown and will surely please everyone(unless their sensitive to the ingredients off course).



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