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13280 Northwest Fwy. (Hollister Rd.) Send to Phone

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly (except Sun. in summer)

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Auntie Pasto's Restaurant Review

: When the moon hits your eye like a creamy fruit pie, that’s To Die For. With its Dino and Sinatra mood music wafting through this quaint café, the interior of Auntie Pasto’s could just as easily be found in the Little Italy section of New York-not in a northwest Houston strip center. But that’s not the reason to visit this semi-casual bistro. Go for the heavenly dessert called To Die For, a luscious pastry stacked with layers of lady fingers, creamy mascarpone cheese, almond torte and seasonal berries. Still you may want to delay the gratification of the sweet hereafter with some surprisingly inventive dishes. They’re served in an atmosphere that is comfortable enough to accommodate the whole family, yet trendy enough to attract real foodies. Faux wall treatment and murals of Tuscan villages set the mood well, and several windows bring in light during the day and reflect the glow of candlelight at night. The success of a few Southwestern specialties have granted them official spots on this primarily Italian menu, where you’ll find cilantro fettucine, with jalapenos and crawfish, and black pepper fettucine with shrimp. They keep company with such favorites as chicken Minelli, tossed with a creamy garlic sauce, and clams tuscano, spiced up with red pepper and then toned down with a tomato cream sauce. This perfect blend of tomatoes, cream and cheese is also used to enhance otherwise lackadaisical fare, like eggplant and chicken Parmesan. For a real change of pace-as well as an introduction to the lengths the kitchen will go to please its diners-try the chicken Gorgonzola, sautéed with squash, green beans, broccoli, onions and mushrooms and tossed with tangy blue cheese. It’s served with a mouth-watering polenta. Auntie Pasto’s also excels with its daily specials. Don’t pass anything made with red snapper.


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