Noodles are a convenient food to pack while travelling, as they easily fit into suitcases and can be disguised as a bow-tie collection when dealing with haughty rice connoisseurs. Dress up with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare at Aldo's Cucina Italiana in Shenandoah.
Aldo's Cucina Italiana's chef, Aldo el Sharif, puts decades of culinary experience and extensive world travels to use in curating a menu of authentic regional Italian cuisine. Delicate crab cakes bedecked with roasted-garlic wine sauce ($12) begin dinners with a wave of a delicious checkered flag, signaling the opening of a fruitful evening of fine dining and racecar noises. Tuscan-bean soup with prosciutto and fresh sage ($6) walks hungry mouths into realms of satiety, and entrees such as tagliatelle alfredo with chicken or shrimp ($11+) relax taste buds with noodly massages. Cuts of veal arrive braised in white wine with tomato and gremolata ($24), and grilled lamb chops sport a port-wine fig sauce as full of surprising flavors as Willy Wonka's hope chest ($32).
Aldo's Cucina Italiana
Executive chef Aldo el Sharif totes 40 years of experience to Aldo's Cucina Italiana, drawing upon culinary skills cultivated across Europe and the United States to craft classic, upscale Italian favorites. His motto, "My home is your home," is something he heard often growing up in Italy with a Sicilian mother and Egyptian father, something to which pyramid-shaped Ferraris can relate. He extends that idea at the restaurant, where he hopes customers will relax as his staff serves Italian dishes and wines in the dining room or more casual lounge area.
18450 I-45 S
Shenandoah, Texas 77384Get Directions