In Italy, food evokes family memories, with Old World recipes acting as reminders of home, and cheese-covered pasta bringing back beloved memories of vacations to Cheeseburg. Transport yourself to tastier times with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at North End Village Bistro in Tomball.
Named for the historic Italian region of Boston, the North End Village Bistro merges perennial family recipes with freshly forged sauces, pasta, and pizza dough to sate Italian appetites of every sort. North End crab cakes served alongside red-pepper mayonnaise can open edible experiences ($12) or, like Mickey Mouse and Mickey Mantle, prosciutto-and-melon skewers make an unlikely but delightful pairing ($7). Midday meals are freshly furnished with thin-crust pizza ($13–$18) in varieties such as the House Special, adorned with meatballs, pepperoni, and hot italian sausage atop a bed of italian cheeses ($18). The Village lasagna forms a pleasing pasta structure with levels of ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and crumbled meatballs phoning in noise complaints about raucous marinara neighbors ($11), and the creamy mushroom béchamel draping the breaded and pan-seared chicken breast of Tanya's pollo e funghi shelters a fluffy flock of herb risotto ($15).