This place has Italy written all over it. I was sent her by my brother in law, thanks Ray!
We went in for lunch and were immediately met by Bruno and his host. Bruno is pictured here next to his rare Maranaforni rotating pizza oven. This should be a hint.
Not knowing me, he gives us a tour and he is involved, it’s obvious. The black and white pictures are from famous Italians and quite charming and refreshing.
Mascalzone was created by former boxing pro Andrea Magi. This place has stayed true to its authentic Italian style all the way to using the correct dough for pizza vs bread. I did not know it but apparently they are known for their Mascalzone, half Calzone and half pizza, see the picture and look at the knife compared to this monster! It’s "YUGE". They use fresh and mostly organic ingredients with several gluten -free options. They serve a typical but wonderful large portion Italian fare menu.
My wife had the Carbonara as pictured. As a first generation Italian, she was impressed. Apparently Bruno goes back to his roots to stay in touch.
Lunch is served with bread and rolls, oil and balsamic bottles along with a spicy tomato paste which I need to go buy to take home. Wow, that its good stuff.
I had a drink from the bar and they actually put alcohol in it, it was very nice. (Mule)
We noticed that he served Profiteroles. A great favorite, but as we were talking to Bruno, yes he comes by to make sure your happy, he mentioned a recipe from his mother that he makes in a corn flour style cake, I can’t remember the name ( sorry its late), but wow. This is a desert that that I have only seen here and odds are you will not outside of this place. Just ask him, please!
Friday nights they have live Jazz with Tianna Hall, one of the best Jazz singers in Houston, along with Greg Petito on guitar- IMHO.
Do I recommend it, YES. Will I be back, you bet, especially on a Friday night. It is not close to me but it’s worth the drive. Avanti, finisci di mangiare!
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