Where chefs gracefully marry Italian cuisine with classic steakhouse fare
As you enter Grazia Italian Kitchen, the lighting is low and subdued across the dining room. Sumptuous armchairs encircle tables. Deep booths line the rustic wood back wall. A large pizza oven is tucked into the corner, surrounded by a half-moon shaped bar top and stools. The atmosphere is relaxed and unassuming.
Hungry diners can begin their meal by choosing from the list of starters, their first indication Grazia merges classic Italian and steakhouse fare. The Lasagna Egg Rolls — traditional lasagna fried in wonton wrappers and served with the house meat sauce — are a tasty start.
Blistering and bubbling pizzas arrive at the table straight from the wood-fired brick oven. Landing on a choice isn’t easy, the menu reads like a siren’s song, with more than a dozen distinct pies piled with fresh ingredients. Each bite of the Tartufo Pizza is composed of stretchy mozzarella cheese, soft whole cloves of garlic, earthy mushrooms, ribbons of salty prosciutto and crisp, peppery arugula. The pizzas are easy to split as an appetizer or a satisfying main.
Comforting Chicken Parmigiana is a rhapsody of traditional Italian flavors. The chicken is lightly breaded and pan fried, then smothered in a classic marinara and a cloak of mozzarella. Perfectly cooked spaghetti completes the dish. The dish is a generous portion, but nothing insurmountable for a hungry diner. Other chef specialties include Chicken Marsala, Veal Milanese, Chicken Saltimbocca and Shrimp Vienna. Accept your waiter’s offer and add some grated Parmesan to your dish — it’s aged 22 years.
Grazia’s award-winning Smoked Beef Short Ribs with bourbon chipotle glaze is a carnivore’s dream. Chosen as the 2016 Reserve Grand Champion in the People’s Choice division at the Rodeo Uncorked Best Bites Competition, judges also awarded it the Grand Champion prize for the best entrée at Best Bites that same year. The fork-tender beef is served with a creamy pancetta risotto.
Other entrees from the grill include a rib-eye with black truffle butter, grilled bone-in pork chops with bourbon cherry glaze and Texas redfish with crawfish cream sauce. Pasta dishes are plenty, including penne with house-made Italian sausage, fettuccine in a Romano cream sauce and plates of stuffed ravioli.
Grazia successfully fuses Italian cuisine and classic steakhouse fare. This culinary marriage is reflected in the extensive menus at both the Pearland and Clear Lake-area locations. Open since 2014, the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Grazia is Italian for grace, something the chefs’ well-executed dishes demonstrate daily.
Grazia Italian Kitchen
1001 Pineloch Drive, Houston