100 Favorite Dishes: No. 96, Swiss Chard Crepes at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

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This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

It's a crying shame that Giacomo's is so often overlooked by those in search of a wonderful Italian meal. The service is friendly, the prices are thoroughly affordable, the wines are well-selected, the decor is impeccable and the food is fabulous. Case in point: the $5 crepes stuffed with Swiss chard and topped with pecorino-romano.

Sweet crepes, bitter greens and nutty, salty cheese combine in effortless harmony here and although the dish is easily split, you won't want to share. During my last visit, my dining companion took his knife to the ramekin and scraped out every last bite of the chard and cheese, decorum be damned.

Combine this dish and a few others -- all equally affordable -- with an inexpensive bottle of wine and you'll see why Giacomo's is my favorite hideaway for date nights or lingering dinners with old friends.

The list so far:

No. 100: Dumplings at Heights Asian Cafe
No. 99: Mixta Pizza at Friends Pizzeria
No. 98: Veggie tacos from Radical Eats
No. 97: Bean pie from Conscious Cafe

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Location Info

Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

3215 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Michael Housewright
Michael Housewright

100% agree on Giacomo's. As a 20 year vet of Italy living and travel I find Giacomo's to most closely represent the meals at a local enoteca. I want so very much for this place to succeed for the long-haul. I hope they make the best-of list :-)

Clumsy Plumsy
Clumsy Plumsy

I totally dig Giacomo's; so friendly and laidback... also love their sweet onion tart and sage & brown butter ravioli. Mmm-mmm good.

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