No one knows Houston restaurants better than the people who run them, own them, and work in the kitchens. In this continuing series, CultureMap is asking our favorite foodie personalities around town where they go for great eats when they're not working.
Maurizio Ferrarese might be one of the newest chefs in town — he took the helm at Quattro over the summer straight from the Four Seasons Florence — but he's already made a splash, most notably helping Quattro get named one of the top hotel restaurants in the country by USA Today.
The Houston newbie looks for Italian when he goes out — and for a good pig. Who doesn't?
Restaurant to take out-of-towners to: Well I myself am still new here, but as soon as I started I went to Poscol because I wanted to try the other Italian restaurants. I also went to Ninfa's and Stella Sola because I heard they make a nice pig.
Restaurant for a special occasion: RDG — I had a very nice experience there, we went around Halloween and they were in masks, all the servers. It's a nice ambience, nice atmosphere. The appetizers and salads were very nice, too.
Favorite meal: I like to go to Central Market. I could spend hours there. Get a few things and take it home and barbecue.
Breakfast/Brunch favorite: On Sundays sometimes I go to the beignet place on Westheimer— Crescent City Beignets — I go, grab a couple of beignets, take them home and read the paper.
Dessert: There's a place I can walk to from my house, called The Chocolate Bar. I get the ice cream. I think I've tried them all, and I also love all those huge cakes.
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