Sud Italia Ristorante
This old house on the edge of Rice Village has been a snakebit location for years. Enter Sud Italia, with a good concept and, at last, valet service. On a pleasant evening, we found a table on the shaded front deck and dug into bright gazpacho packed with lump crab and another starter, burrata con pomodoro, an artful construction of alternate layers of creamy cheese and juicy tomatoes with accents of basil, mint, and balsamic. One of us approved his grilled lamb chops in red wine reduction with sides of asparagus and fingerling potatoes, while the other gave thumbs up to her sea scallops (though not the dryish tiger shrimp) in a light saffron sauce. The cozy environs roar with noise when the small, sparsely decorated dining room gets full.