Piola (Houston Midtown)
Price: Slightly inflated
Plates consumed: Honolulu Pizza & Chicken Parmigiana
Refreshments consumed: Sanpellegrino Aranciata & Pineapple Mint Blend
Time: Friday 3:30PM
Gastronomic Rating and Description: 3.5/6
The Honolulu Pizza was delectable, but not to the extent that the restaurant advertises it (Famosi Per La Pizza): it was a brick oven cooked, traditional style round thin dough with white cheese and classic Italian passato di pomodoro. The pineapple accompanying the dish was sheer and fresh, serving as a sweet and palatable complement to the pleasing admixture. Overall it was a luscious but unexceptional customary Italian pie.
The Chicken Parmigiana was merely acceptable: it was topped with genuine melted Italian white cheese and accompanied by (what tasted like) homemade spaghetti of deprived sapidity. Overall the dish was vastly inferior to the ones presented by budget oriented Italian cookery large chains in the United States (expressly Olive Garden and Carrabba’s).
The Sanpellegrino Aranciata contributed to the folkloric scenery presented by the restaurant and possessed a nonpareil savor for a soft drink. The traditional Pineapple Mint Blend was novel, natural, and refreshing: the mint leaves included in the drink augmented its intense fragrance and pleasing flavoring. We were acutely content with the refreshments.
Service/Setting Rating and Description: 3/4
The restaurant is located in the heart of Houston midtown and it offers a traditional scenery accentuated by cubista paintings and a rustic scenography. The gloomy illumination proposes a quiet and romantic ambience (especially if you are the only customers in the entire restaurant, as we were) and the ability to dine both indoors and in the external breezy and relaxed section is highly accommodating. The lavatory was hard to find but hygienic. The server was attentive and informed when asked about the distinct menu options and recommendations. The food came out promptly and the drinks were replenished when necessary.
Revisit: 29 of each month for unlimited Gnocchi day