Crapitto's Cucina Italiana
What a Name
Crapitto is the name of the family who has owned this restaurant for about 15 years. They graciously put up with Jay Leno's comments on two occasions! I give a solid 3 bonus points for this family embracing their name!
Near Houston's Galleria
You know I appreciate an interesting exterior, so of course I would love this 75 year old farm house. But the fact that this is a block or so from the snarling traffic of the Houston Galleria, makes it an even greater oasis! 5 Bonus points!!
My Dining Partner
Okay, so Lorrie has been in the dining blog before. I guess I can't give any bonus points for introducing a new person to the blog. But, we were out in the morning, experimenting with Lorrie's new camera, so adding Italy to the blog was sort of an add-on to our day. 1 bonus for that!
This image of my minestrone is a bit lame, but as you can see it has a good helping of parmesan on top! Ever since I was 11 and experienced my first minestrone in Italy, I've been hoping to taste that amazing mixture of spices and veggies and cheese. I give 3 points for Crapitto's yummy minestrone, but I may have to go back to Italy (and maybe go back in time) to taste that memory again!
This is Armando, our waiter. His accent was not Italian, but he was a very nice and somewhat serious waiter. He came a little more to life when asked to pose for this photo. I hope he was kidding about the $5.00 payment...because I didn't pay him.
The person I didn't get to meet was Frank Crapitto. That would have made my day. ( Oddly enough he bought the restaurant from his son, John a few years ago.) We did get to enjoy looking at a wall of old Crapitto family photos, though. And we had a quick chat with Justin, the very busy, but accommodating manager.
I'm afraid we did not hear one Italian accent. That just makes me crave the old Italian restaurants back in St. Louis on "The Hill." 3 bonus for Armando and Justin. 1 negative point for not meeting an actual Crapitto!
Crapitto's gets a big 7 points for atmosphere, inside and out! The warm wood floors, white table cloths, small rooms, cozy bar and framed family photos, made the inside classy and comfy. The patio couldn't have been lovelier, with green umbrellas and shady Live Oaks! Even the fresh air felt oddly European!
I really need to come back and enjoy the night atmosphere for sure!
Crapitto's gets 21 points!!
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The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.