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Let me introduce you to a place that will bring joy to your taste buds:  Ragu & Pesto. In a city so large like Houston, you would expect us to have a fair amount of amazing Italian restaurants. Sadly, this isn’t this case. Majority of the so called Italian restaurants just feature a few dishes of over cooked pasta and some incredibly greasy pizzas. Well your search ends now, for Ragu & Pesto is truly the best place in Houston for your Italian cuisine needs.

To start off, the restaurant itself looks marvelous. It also may contain musical guests that will add an extra pizza to your dinner, which many other places couldn’t even fathom to provide.

Don’t want to go here without knowing what to order? Their website features their entire extensive menu! The extent this place goes to to make you comfortable is incredibly, because if you are far too tired and can’t make it to the beautiful restaurant, they will deliver their fine items directly to you using GrubHub!

Born in Houston, Texas in the heart of The Galleria area, “RAGU & PESTO” is the realization of our Chef and owner dream. Here, we combine the traditional RAGU Bolognese sauce with the authenticity, the elegance and the fresh aroma of PESTO. Come and enjoy a casual atmosphere in Italian Trattoria style where you will savor traditional Italian food. Looking for a place to share some quality time in the company of friends, family or that special someone? RAGU & PESTO features an elegant bar with a huge selection of wines.

At our restaurant, we strive to offer our guests real authentic Italian cuisine. We have revolutionized the Italian dining experience! RAGU & PESTO offers authentic Gourmet Pizzas in a casual and homey environment prepared by our Chef Omar Alvarado. We bring you Italian kitchen favorites, special recipes and sauces that are prepared in the moment you order with the freshest ingredients.


We invite you to try our Bucatini al Cartoccio, Pasta alla Ruota, Risotto Nero with squid ink and a wide variety of delectable and famous authentic dishes. Our guests also have the opportunity to build their own combination of pastas or sauces using our variety of more than 16 traditional Italian sauces.

Every meal we prepare is made fresh daily and cooked at the moment in order to ensure freshness and quality. Every day we only select the finest ingredients available for our restaurant.

Our traditional recipes derive from various provinces of Italy and their history. For us, the food is an experience, a passion; and RAGU & PESTO has great love for the food.

It is our commitment at RAGU & PESTO to provide excellent food and service and a pleasant experience for you and your family. We want you to enjoy what we offer for many years to come!

Come and be part of an outstanding dining experience!


SERVICES:

If you are planning a special lunch or dinner and need catering services in Houston, or if you are looking for a private room to hold your party or business meeting, then RAGU & PESTO is the place for you.

Our excellent bilingual staff will always welcome you to a friendly atmosphere and will go the extra mile to ensure that your visit is as pleasant and as pleasurable as possible. We want you and your acquaintances to be our repeat guests for many years to come.

A fabulous meal awaits you! Contact us for reservations today!


CATERING

If you are looking for Italian catering services in the Houston, Katy or Sugarland areas, look no further, we are here for you. RAGU & PESTO Italian cuisine, Bar and Grill offers an excellent catering service for special events such as weddings, business meetings, birthday parties or any type of special event, we will help you make your event as successful and as unforgettable as possible!

For a group of 20 – 24 people, you can request any of our exquisite Complete Dish Trays or, the half tray which will serve about 10-12 people. All of our trays come with a House Salad and our famous Homemade Bread. We can also provide drinks, serving utensils, sets of plates, bowls and dishes. All these details will make for an unforgettable meal, and will fascinate you and your guests. All you have to provide is the tables and the guests. Our catering menu includes our most popular dishes, although we are happy to create custom dishes for your special event.

Contact us and we will gladly assist you!

DELIVERY and TAKE OUT

For lunch, dinner or business meetings, you can order online or with a quick phone call. Let us bring our gastronomic experience to your home or office door! Our friendly drivers are also there to bring you to our restaurant when you need it. Our RAGU & PESTO delivery service will let you experience a simple and delicious moment. Let us serve and bring our dining experience to where you want it!!!

Please contact us for more information: www.ragupesto.com

6445 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, 77057.

(713) 266-9999

Ragu & Pesto is proud member of www.tastethe.menu

@tastethe.menu

@ Daniella Garcia-Loos Almeida

 

One of the world’s leading dining clubs is finally here. Taste the Menu Card, is a groundbreaking membership card focused on making eating out more affordable for people that live alone or have little time to cook for themselves while helping local restaurants in the Greater Houston to attract new customers.

As a Taste the Menu member, you will obtain great savings at a vast variety of participating restaurants, from gourmet cuisine establishments to food chains. Just show your membership card and start enjoying the available offers. There are thousands of restaurants offering discount for you to be able to dine out seven days a week. However, some restaurants may feature individual restrictions, so you must check the details of your selected restaurant on the website prior to booking.

As a participant restaurant, Taste the Menu offers you an unparalleled marketing strategy, so that you will see an increasing number of new customers and booking. Restaurants will not have to pay a membership fee, but you are required to offer the agreed discounts to members instead. Taste the Menu will feature your restaurant on its website, mobile apps and in its full color glossy directory… all for free!

If you are interested in joining Taste the Menu a partner restaurant, send an email to marketing@tastethe.menu

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I hear you want to eat a good hot dog but you don’t want to go to a name brand place, I’ve got some news for you!

131844_632335513456748_380467327_oSure you can make your own hot dogs at home, but that takes a long time to prepare everything, why not just head over to Good Dog Houston? Good Dog Hot Dogs is not your run of the mill hot dogs. These are Texas-made; all natural franks served inside Houston’s own Slow Dough Bread Co. buns. All of their Hot Dogs topped with hand-crafted, and one of a kind condiments.

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Let me get straight to the point, they are handmade, local, and made to order. You have various choices, you can choose from the Classics menu or you can make your own hot dog. If you are in the mood for a drink, they offer around 16 choices and if you are under age, why not try their Soda Pops or their Root Beer Floats?

 

 

This great restaurant that once originated from a simple food truck is sure to clear a spot for the best hot dogs in Houston. Check out Good Dog Houston today!

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Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-11pm • 903 Studewood Street, Houston, TX 77008

Info@Gooddoghouston.Com • 832-800-Dogs (3647)

http://www.gooddoghouston.com/

 

 

 

 

 

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

 

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This sounds like something strange to you, yes? Well it might just be the funniest night of your life!

They provide family friendly entertainment in a one of a kind Clue Game atmosphere for all ages!

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The night starts with a delicious dinner catered from Carrabbas Italian Grill that has a Caesar salad, Chicken Marcela, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, bread and olive oil. Non-alcoholic drinks are provided but you may bring your own beer, wine or champagne. They have a dessert buffet that consists of 5 to 6 delicious desserts that, of course, include chocolate! Following the dinner the mystery begins!

chocolateA crime takes place and you get a choice, the choice of just staying seated and solving the crime or taking on a role in the mystery and taking on a role means you might be chosen to take on a starring or minor role and could end up being the murderer or be murdered. Why wouldn’t you want to take part in this exciting game and become Sherlock Holmes, or maybe even Moriarty (the villain in Sherlock Holmes)?

Instead of going to that boring movie and dinner you planned, I suggest you go to this Mystery Dinner Theater and have some interaction with a story!

281-992-1888

murderbychocolate@gmail.com

They perform every Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm at their location in Webster, TX. The evening includes dinner, drink, and dessert.

http://www.murderbychocolate.com

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

This restaurant in Sugar Land is sure to blow your mind!

tierra del fuegoThis restaurant mainly focuses on bringing you authentic Argentinian food; let’s see what they have to offer…

First off, their grill and asador were designed and built in Argentina, and feature an open-fire rotisserie, and they want to expose locals to passion for good food, wine, and life that sets Argentina apart. Argentinian food is heavily influenced by both Spanish and Italian styles of cooking, and they’re proud to share the unique blend of Mediterranean and Latin flavors with their guests. Might I add that they also have an extensive wine list and the amazing special of a three course meal for about thirty dollars, nice!

I feel as if this restaurant embodies Argentinian cuisine (my father is from Argentina) and if you go there you are sure to experience delicious food, traditional music and even weekly tango dancing, all of this right nearby!

churrascoTierra del Fuego

2110 Town Square Place, Sugar Land, TX 77479

(832) 999-4045

http://www.tierradelfuegotx.net/

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

| Saturday, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Sunday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m

 

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

 

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Telerik_Web_UI_WebResourceChef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit TV shows Parts Unknown on CNN, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical about his passions. For one night only, Bourdain will spend the evening sharing candid, unyielding insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience.

 

Internationally renowned best-selling author, television host and multiple Emmy-award winner Anthony Bourdain today announced a 10-city United States tour launching July 7 in Nashville. Tickets for Bourdain’s Houston appearance go on sale to the general public Friday, April 17, and may be purchased online at spahouston.org or by calling 713-227-4772.

 

“Close to the Bone” serves audiences an all new live show featuring an unyielding, brutally honest monologue reflecting on diverse culture, street cuisine and his travels to lesser-known locations around the world, followed by an open Q&A session. Currently filming the hit CNN original series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” (season five premieres Sunday, April 26. 9pm ET/PT), Bourdain brings audiences a menu loaded with lots of laughs, serious discussions and unapologetic irreverence.

 

“I want to open the book on what I’ve learned seeking the road UN-traveled – more than I get to show you on television,” says Bourdain. The Peabody Award winner, known for getting the most out of his interview subjects who often reveal deep insights to him about local food, culture and their homeland, will have no shortage of stories and unfettered opinions to share with his audiences.

 

Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a candid, hysterical, and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into more than 28 languages – as well as the travel journal, A Cook’s Tour, the non-fiction Medium Raw, three crime novels, a cookbook, a biography of Typhoid Mary, the bestselling graphic novel Get Jiro!, and others. The sequel to Get Jiro!, entitled Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi, will be published in October 2015.

 

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Chinatown is a community in southwestern Houston, Texas, United States. It is roughly bounded by Fondren, Beechnut, State Highway 6, and Westpark, west of Bellaire in the Alief area. The naming of the new Chinatown is disputed, as various ethnic groups live within the community. Portions of Chinatown lie within the Greater Sharpstown, International, and Westchase management districts.

There is another Chinatown called “Old Chinatown” located within the East Downtown Houston district near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

History

The first businesses of the new Houston Chinatown opened in 1983. In the 1980s increasing numbers of Chinese were living in Southwest Houston and Fort Bend County and those residents were further away from the old Chinatown in what is now East Downtown. The new Chinatown began to expand in the 1990s when Houston-area Asian American entrepreneurs moved their businesses from older neighborhoods, especially the “Old Chinatown” on the eastern end of Downtown Houston (in the process of redevelopment), in a search for more inexpensive properties and lower crime rates (at the time).

In 2005 Christy Chang, a tour operator who operated tours into Chinatown, said “This area is not just Chinatown anymore. If anything, it’s Asia Town” due to the presence of various ethnic groups that developed in the community. The Asian American Business Council estimated that between 2004 and 2008 the land values along Bellaire Boulevard in Chinatown increased between 25 and 50 percent. In 2008 the group estimated that 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) in construction would appear in the following two-year period. The group estimated that the construction would include high end condominiums. Lisa Gray of the Houston Chronicle stated that the development of the remaining acreage would likely cause rents to increase and that, compared to many other Chinatowns in the United States, the Houston Chinatown is still relatively inexpensive.

In 2008 the Asian American Business Council placed a contest to design a “landmark monument” to be placed on Bellaire Boulevard between Beltway 8 and Gessner Road in order to increase visibility among Asian Americans and non-Asian Americans and to beautify the area.

Cityscape

A retail center in Chinatown in southwest Houston, where restaurants serving authentic Chinese food are located.

The Bellaire Chinatown is about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Downtown Houston. It is over 6 square miles (16 km2), making it among the largest automobile-centric Chinatowns in the United States.The Chinatown, located on a mostly treeless plain, is, according to Lori Rodriguez of the Houston Chronicle, roughly bounded by Fondren, Beechnut, State Highway 6, and Westpark, west of Bellaire. The half of the Rodriguez definition of Chinatown inside Beltway 8 is within the Greater Sharpstown district. The Greater Sharpstown Management District defines Chinatown within its borders as being a 2.37-square-mile (6.1 km2) area bounded roughly by Beltway 8, the Westpark Tollway, Beechnut, and Redding. Much of western Chinatown under the Rodriguez definition lies within the International Management District. A portion of the Rodriguez definition of Chinatown lies within the Westchase district. The community is between Westchase and the City of Sugar Land. Katharine Shilcutt of the Houston Press said that Chinatown was “straddling Beltway 8 on the southwest side like an entire city unto itself.

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