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Da Marco

Photograph by Debora Smail

Though the bits of artichoke leaves in the antipasto came off a bit too crisp and the Insalata Bianca tasted bland, the remainder of our meal at this upscale yet cozy spot pleased our foursome. A shaved celery salad with beets and pecorino sported a lacy rim of dill around the edges—perfect! No fault either with the agnolotti, stuffed with a mixture of veal, pork, and beef and rich with butter and sage, or the plump, pillow-like raviolo with ricotta, egg, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Then there’s the tender, juicy chianti-braised short ribs resting on cacio e pepe polenta, a dish we lovingly dub “heart attack in a bowl” yet still order it. Expect a fine (and pricy) selection of Italian wines, attentive servers, and a warm inviting setting in an old house. Chalkboard specials are offered, but we still wish for some updating of the menu.

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1520 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77006

Hours: L Tue–Fri. D Tue–Sat.

Phone: 713-807-8857

Website: damarcohouston.com

Last updated: March 2, 2020