Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair to middling" ability to tranquilize mayors run amok. Today's similarly stunning Groupon gets you $40 worth of authentic Italian cuisine for $20 at Crapitto's Cucina Italiana. Housed in a converted farmhouse on a quiet side street off of the 610, Crapitto is a cozy eatery that Gayot calls "quietly romantic."
Both Crapitto's lunch and dinner menus were constructed from Old World Crapitto family recipes for the best Italian fish, meat, antipasti, and propastas. Appetizers include jumbo lump crab cakes drizzled with lemon wine sauce ($15) and sautéed shrimp Nellie coated in a garlic cream sauce ($12). The eatery's signature dish, a succulent 16-ounce grilled veal chop, comes with parmesan-dusted asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes, and is topped with Roquefort butter ($34). Other favorites include the grilled snapper Red Griffin served with artichoke hearts and capers in a lemon-white-wine sauce alongside linguine marinara ($27), chicken grilled in a rosemary-Dijon cream sauce ($17), and the caliente Pasta Diablo, with grilled chicken, linguine, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños ($18). Seal in flavors with one of Crapitto's signature desserts, or a goblet or carafe from its extensive wine menu.
Crapitto's interior, comprising several dining rooms, provides the perfect setting for a romantic rendezvous or rendezvous to discuss the Prison Break episode, "Rendezvous." There's complimentary valet parking and an expansive outdoor patio shaded by the leaves of 100-year-old oak trees, which provide protection from the harsh summer sun and whisper secrets and knock-knock jokes to the ear of an alfresco diner. Reservations can be made by phone or online.
This Groupon not valid toward alcohol or with other specials. Crapitto's is closed Sundays.
- The unforgettable seafood ravioli at Crapitto's Cucina Italiana combine delicate, homemade egg pasta, cooked al dente, with what Italians call "fruit of the sea." Small, oval-shaped pillows are stuffed with shrimp and chunky pieces of lobster bound together by cheese. A spicy rosa sauce (your basic marinara mixed with cream) adds sparkle to this already rich dish. Three jumbo Gulf shrimp come on top, and ample portions of crusty Italian bread are available for sopping up the extra sauce. - Paul Galvani, Houston Press
- Only the freshest seafood, Veal and Pork rib chops, and delicious pastas round out the tantalizing selection of entrees. – B4-U-Eat
- I have been to this restaurant many times and they always find ways to amaze me. Great atmosphere, delicious food, and very romantic. The deserts are mouth-watering. – huyhong, Citysearch