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Italian stores in Houston??

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I just moved to Houston. Are there any Italian grocery stores in the metro area? I found some things at Central Market but thought there might be something better.

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  1. The first 2 things that come to mind are Spec's Liquor Whse Deli downtown on Smith and Antone's in the Village on Dunstan. http://www.specsonline.com/ Click on 'browse the store' and you can search for specific items.

    I believe the Antone's is the only 'original' one left and it's a small import food store in addition to being a deli.

    Years ago I used to go to Andros on Fondren for mortadella, olive oil, etc. I haven't been there in years but I see it's still open (listed as a Greek deli on b4-u-eat.com).

    Then I just found this on Google:

    http://www.damico-cafe.com/

    That's a new one on me but looks good.

    Some of the big grocery stores besides CM carry a lot of imported foods.

    1. Thanks for the tips. I'll check them out.

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      1. re: taralli2

        Ciao taralli2! Have you checked those? Just moved here from Italy and I need a lot of things that I couldn't bring with me from home.. Thanks in advance

        1. re: Fauranna

          The Antone's mentioned is out of business. The 2 remaining Antone's locations function mostly as delis and not grocery stores.

          I would agree w/oltheimmer's last line. Many places,for instance, carry San Marzano tomatoes, DOP, including Phoenicia, Whole Foods, Central Market, possibly Trader Joe's.

          The Houston board didn't even exist when this thread was started and it has been moved over from the Texas board. You might search this board for more helpful information. Here is a more recent thread:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7494...

          You'll have to look up a new website for Fabio's. It has moved and presumably has a new website. It's located very near a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's.

          Welcome to Houston. Let us know what you find.

      2. Here's another one I've heard of but have yet to go: http://www.phoeniciafoods.com/

        I see pastas, olive oils, pancetta, etc. listed.

        1. Nundini's is an Italian Import store/grocery - and gelateria. Never been, though I have heard they have good gelato and sandwiches. (Nundini Food Store, 500 Shepherd Dr Suite B)

          1. I really like what I've bought at Fabio's - very helpful staff as well.