Bistecca Italian Steakhouse, Modern Upscale Winner
Bistecca Italian Steakhouse is a relative newcomer to the Houston restaurant scene. The building used to house another restaurant called Bistro 224 and then a flower shop called the Plant House. Bistecca opened in the latter part of 2015 after renovations were made to the structure of the building.
My husband and I recently made our first visit to this bright and airy establishment during the 2017 Houston Restaurant Weeks. We are very familiar with Sorrento Ristorante Italiano located just a few blocks away. Both restaurants are owned by Abbas Hussein and are quite different in appearance. What ties them together other than ownership is the quality of their food as we would soon discover.
In the entrance and main dining room the two story ceilings with numerous windows allow plenty of natural light to illuminate the space.
The look is minimalistic with white walls and white tablecloths setting the tone. The decor is modern. The pops of color with bright yellow bench seating and colorful art are even more noticeable due to that backdrop.
The bar and wine storage room can be viewed from the main dining room. I am sure that the bar area has many customers during the happy hour times from 4 to 7PM, Mondays through Fridays.
The day we dined there the dining room had few customers. Admittedly we were there towards the latter end of normal lunch hours which are 11AM to 2:30PM, Mondays through Fridays. Dinner hours are 5 to 10PM, Mondays to Thursdays. They stay open 1 hour later on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bistecca is closed on Sundays.
Glass doors can be closed in the one private dining room off the main dining area so as to at least deaden the sounds emanating from both areas.
The other private dining area pictured above is pretty.
I have read some reviews in which people write about being distracted from the adjacent hallway where people using the restrooms as well as waitstaff coming to and from the kitchen are seen. It is not closed off with glass doors like the other more private space. I have to admit that I discovered it when using the restroom prior to leaving the restaurant.
There is also outdoor dining space to the front of the restaurant.
Crusty delicious bread is served to each table with butter and a delicious olive tapenade. Chef Alberto Baffoni probably has his own unique recipe for this tapenade. It was delicious with the bread.
According to a Houston Chronicle article that I read, Italian born Chef Baffoni has worked in a number of places including London, the Bahamas, Italy and our nation’s capitol prior to coming to Houston.
Pictured above is the House-made goat cheese and beet raviolo served with truffle cream and toasted almonds that I chose as my first course. The flavor combination was delicious!
My hubby chose the potato and leek soup as his first course. The photo above is shown with cracked pepper on it. A domed top is lifted by the waiter prior to serving these dishes. He was so happy with his choice. Beets are not his most favorite of foods but I think that raviolo dish could just possibly win him over! My husband said that he would happily order that soup again.
The salmon was chosen as my hubby’s second course and once again he was a happy camper! The pan seared salmon was served with sauteed spinach, cannellini beans and king crab. It was artfully presented on the plate and was as tasty as it appeared.
The chicken breast was chosen by me. It was described as fire grilled and served with bell pepper bandiera and parsley potatoes.
For fun I looked up the word “bandiera.” The flag of Italy (bandiera d’Italia) has equally sized vertical stripes of green, white and red. Looking at my dish I believe the chef was using a play on words to describe the colors of this delectable chicken dish. It certainly had the correct colors on the plate!
There were three courses offered for lunch during Houston Restaurant Weeks 2017. Normally speaking my husband and I hardly ever order desserts when dining out. Despite that fact, we certainly enjoyed the ones offered at Bistecca.
My husband chose the Ricotta Cheesecake which was plated with an amarena cherry sauce and a sliver of poached pear. A dollop of whipped cream and a fresh blueberry decorated the top. He enjoyed it and finished every bite of it!
The pièce de résistance topping off a masterful meal in my opinion was the flourless six layer chocolate cake with dark chocolate cabernet ganache.
I never liked chocolate cake, chocolate milk or other types of chocolate when I was a child. Obviously my adult taste buds have changed. This masterpiece slice of cake was mouthwatering! Would I order this again? In a heartbeat is my answer!
We will definitely be returning to bistecca Italian Steakhouse in the future. They offer 3 course business lunches for $25. Complimentary valet parking is provided.
My hubby and I enjoyed being introduced to some new eateries during Houston Restaurant Weeks. The time frame was extended this year due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Food Bank benefits greatly from this effort every year as it is their major annual fundraiser.
I am certain others use it like we did this year to try out new and different restaurants from the ones normally patronized. The other restaurants we tried this year include the following:
and Bistro Menil.