Il Mascalzone - Shepherd
Both locations of this restaurant that was started in London by former boxing champion Andrea Magi offer authentic Italian flavor. The presence of longtime Houston chef Alberto Baffoni (Simposio) has helped Mascalzone cement its status as a restaurant to watch. Pizza, made fresh and cooked in an oven with a rotating deck, is still a good choice, but the handmade pastas are also worth considering. Look for the Shepherd location to become a patio hotspot once construction is finished on a second-story upgrade.