Located in a brick-walled, turn-of-the-century grocery warehouse, Auntie Pasta’s is known as much for its craft cocktails (a fine margarita) as its Italian-plus menu. We started with a hot bowl of jalapeño crawfish chowder and an impressive entrée of caramelized medallions of chicken Lombardi (augmented with aged balsamic vinegar and served with sautéed spinach and tomatoes on angel hair pasta). Our Nacogdoches friend ordered her favorite, salmon piccata with a white wine cream sauce, capers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and artichokes. Garlic mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini came alongside. For dessert, the two of us shared the terrific maple pecan bread pudding topped with bourbon sauce. (In case you’re not in the mood for Italian food, be advised that the menu also offers shrimp wontons, tortilla soup, nachos, and Southwest meatloaf, among many, many other offerings. It’s hard to believe that little kitchen can handle so much variety.)
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Italian comfort food and then some in deep East Texas.