Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon to Fratelli's Ristorante on Wirt Road. Choose between two options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian dinner fare.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian lunch fare.
The chefs at Fratelli's Ristorante deftly craft dinner and lunch menus bursting with classic Italian cuisine. Chicken, shrimp, and a medley of vegetables lounge in wine sauce in the Pollo Fratelli ($15.95), and hand-crafted noodles wiggle through the dinner menu's 14 pasta entrees in dishes such as ricotta ravioli drizzled in sage butter ($12.95). The chefs also sate appetites with bubbling pizza pies bearing spicy sausages, vegetables, and fresh mozzarella in a variety of combinations ($9.95+). Luncheon-sized portions of the rich, meaty lasagna bolognese emerge for midday meals ($10.95), and the meeting of penne and sausage in fragrant tomato sauce only occurs when the sun reaches its goal of high-fiving the atmosphere's vaulted ceiling ($10.95).
Sparkling chandeliers bounce light off large mirrors along the eatery's carved wooden bar, acquired from the historic Shamrock Hilton Hotel to give the décor an authentic 1940s flavor without the bitter aftertaste of wartime tomato sauce. Outside on the patio, light breezes play among tables as dogs join their owners for dinner in a special pet-friendly section.
The menu at Fratelli's Ristorante is classic Italian—handmade gnocchi, brick-oven pizzas, and veal sautéed in garlic and wine. But patrons might notice other influences in dishes such as the French crepes filled with portobello mushrooms and the chicken pasta studded with spicy Texas sausage. Regardless of their origins, these upscale meals pair perfectly with decor that includes sparkling chandeliers and a bar that was salvaged from the Shamrock Hilton Hotel. Though elegant, Fratelli's isn't overly formal, however. There's a separate kids' menu and a lovely outdoor patio that welcomes dogs and bumblebees who promise not to sting anyone.
1330 Wirt Road
Houston, Texas 77055