Italian Comfort Food—Authentically in Texas!
Ciro’s Italian Grill–Houston
Ciro’s Italian Grill
9755 Katy Fwy
When people refer to comfort food, they usually mean food they enjoyed as home-made meals by their families. In Texas, comfort food usually is taken to mean meatloaf, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, etc. But if you grew up in an Italian Family……..
it means pastas, meatballs, and authentic Italian dishes the way families have made them for decades.
Ciro Lampasas has been a Houston restaurateur for 20+ years, using old family recipes and plenty of help from his mom & dad, who are fixtures at Ciro’s Italian Grill on the Katy Freeway. After being in one location for many years, the widening of the Katy Freeway forced a move into a new building three exits further west, and on the opposite side of the freeway from its original location. Since the building is now a 2-story one, and is colored a pleasing but eye-catching salmon color, its hard to miss!
“We probably should have expanded into a larger space much earlier, but moving is so traumatic,” said owner Ciro Lampsasa. “But now that we have more space, we can accommodate private parties, family parties, and still serve our regular lunch and dinner guests.”
I have known Ciro since 1999 when he opened a restaurant on lower Westheimer. Having sampled almost half the menu, I will recommend several dishes.
For appetizers, the pesto-stuffed mushrooms are hearty (as are ALL Ciro’s portions) and a mushroom lovers delight. Large mushrooms stuffed with Italian seasonings and pesto, my mouth is watering now. J The Sausages & Peppers are delicious when you just want a quick meal with a drink, this dish is excellent with beer or wine. Ciro’s version of bruschetta features feta cheese that gives them a robust taste.
The entrees at Ciro’s are fantastic, and served in HUGE portions. Lighter choices might include the Linguini PePa, named after a certain family member. This dish features linguini pasta with shrimp & spinach in a white wine & butter sauce. They will use less butter and more wine if asked, and this CAN count as a light choice with less butter. I swear!!!
The Cappellini Pappa C (for Ciro’s dad) features grilled eggplant and pasta, in a marinara sauce that is home-made (also sold in local specialty grocery stores) and outstanding. It has just the right mix if oregano and spices.
For those diners going for the REAL gusto, the home-made Lasagna and Fettucini Alfredo with chicken are both so tasty its hard not to overeat. These thick, creamy & cheesy dishes are among the favorites at Ciro’s every day.
For the non-carb eaters there are a couple of choices as well. The Filet may be served with fresh vegetables or spinach, and is really a treat. The Herb-crusted Roasted Chicken may also be served with vegetables, and is a very tasty meal.
Standby favorites such as spaghetti & meatballs (ENORMOUS Meatballs), home-made stuffed ravioli, chicken and veal parmigiana, and numerous pasta dishes, means there is something for everyone on the Ciro’s menu.
The newest menu option is Build Your Own Bowl, and features 8 different pasta choices, 8 different sauce choices, along with adding chicken, sausage, shrimp, etc. to completely customize your order.
The Wine list is a good value, Ciro and his wine tasters (friends and family) stock inexpensive to moderate wines, and will special order for ANY occasion or customer who calls ahead.
Ciro’s is a children-friendly restaurant, as much so as any in the city. Large pictures of Ciro’s children adorn the walls, one with a mound of pasta larger than he is. There is a children’s menu, but ALL kiddos ask for the GIANT meatballs!!!!
A couple of items of interest—Ciro’s has a full outdoor Bocce Ball court, along with tournaments, a covered outdoor patio, and some of the most attentive and friendly servers in the City of Houston.
Once you discover Ciro’s Italian Grill, you will be a customer for life!
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Ciro’s Italian Grill
9755 Katy Fwy