By Bryan Carey

Italian food is immensely popular and for good reason. When properly prepared, there are few things as satisfying or as universally enjoyed as a pasta dish with seasoned tomato sauce, alfredo sauce, and added meat or seafood. Ravioli is a popular menu item at Italian restaurants and Houston chefs have created some excellent stuffed pastas easily rivalling some of the best in the United States. Here are the five best restaurants in Houston for ravioli:

Da Marco
1520 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 807-8857

Head to Houston’s Montrose neighborhood and you will find one of the area’s finest Italian restaurants, Da Marco. Pasta lovers will rave over the Ravioli with Ricotta, Egg, and Reggiano, rated by many among the best ravioli dishes in the city. Da Marco is an elegant restaurant and guests will enjoy browsing the extensive wine list and finding the perfect match for their selected food. With a romantic vibe and outstanding food, it is easy to see why Da Marco ranks among Houston’s best places for ravioli and other Italian food.

Fabio’s Fresh Pasta
2129 West Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 528-1329

If variety is your desire, then a restaurant you need to visit is Fabio’s Fresh Pasta. Other Italian eateries have a ravioli dish or two, but Fabio’s Fresh Pasta serves multiple options,including traditional beef and chicken stuffed ravioli plus more interesting options like lobster, mushroom, and butternut squash. Fabio’s makes all of its pasta in- house using 100 percent natural ingredients for authentic taste. It is one of the Houston area’s best Italian restaurants one of the few that serves such a large number of ravioli options, perfect for those who like lots of choices.

813 Jackson Hill St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-8223 

If you prefer an Italian restaurant with a less overwhelming menu, then Patrenella’s is a good place to visit. Appetizers, soups and salads, seafood, and traditional Italian dishes comprise the menu at Patrenella’s and those looking for ravioli will love the Butternut Squash Ravioli. Made with pasta, squash, brown butter sauce, sage, and pancetta, this succulent ravioli dish will delight your taste buds like few others and quickly convince you that a return visit is an absolute necessity. Patrenella’s location in the Heights area makes it easy to find and a restaurant not to miss.

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Ragu and Pesto
6445 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 266-9999

An Italian restaurant that never disappoints, Ragu and Pesto is your place for ravioli and more. Start off your visit with a portabello mushroom or fried calamari appetizer followed by one of the many Italian specialty dishes and a compatible wine. Ravioli lovers will fall head over heals for the Lobster Ravioli Alla Vodka, a seafood ravioli served with Ragu and Pesto’s signature Sea Flavored Smoked Vodka Sauce. If that sounds exotic, then make your way to Ragu and Pesto for the culinary experience of your dreams.

Collina’s Italian Cafe
3835 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 621-8844

For those who prefer a more casual setting, Collina’s Italian Cafe is an excellent choice for Italian dining. This laid back restaurant serves all of the familiar Italian dishes with multiple pasta options, including cheese stuffed ravioli with Crema Rosa sauce. Collina’s Italian Cafe follows a bring your own booze policy, which makes an already economical restaurant even more affordable. It’s a great option for the budget minded who want a delicious serving of ravioli or other Italian food but need to keep costs under control.

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