Named after the Conte di Cavour, an associate of King Victor Emanuel II, a key figure in the unification of Italy and the first Italian Prime Minister, Ristorante Cavour, inside the Hotel Granduca feels like no place else in Houston, with a pocket-sized dining room and a decor and ambiance that wraps your every sense in Edwardian luxury — think candlelight, antique paintings and sumptuous textiles. Chef Renato DePirro focuses on Northern Italian cuisine, with rich standouts including tagliatelle pasta with Gulf shrimp, pan-seared branzino and veal osso buco. At Cavour, it's not about breaking new ground, it's about recreating the classics with flair and unsurpassed excellence.
Across the lobby from Cavour, Bar Malatesta is one of Houston's hidden gems. There's no better place to order an Old-Fashioned and whisper sweet nothings.