I usually like to go someplace new for Hot Spots—or at least someplace I don’t go very often. This week, though, I went with the familiar and it was a good choice: Antonio’s Italian Grill & Seafood at 2727 Baker Road.
Maybe it’s because of the television stereotype of the big Italian family gathering for dinner, but something about Italian food always conjures up warm images of hearth and home (which is odd, because the Italian food I grew up with owed more to Chef Boyardee than any old family recipe).
Be that as it may, I always expect a calm, tasty dinner that leaves me happy and sleepy, and this visit did just that.
As usual, I ordered more than I should, going with the Antonio’s Trio—a plate with lasagna, chicken parmigiana and fettuccine alfredo. If that sounds similar to a dish available at a well-known chain restaurant, it is—but I’m willing to give up originality for taste.
It was good, as always.
The fettuccine was cooked right, avoiding either the crunchy undercooking or the soggy overcooking that’s way too easy to get. Also, the lasagna is moist but not drowning in sauce.
The chicken parmigiana is nicely breaded with tasty sauce and cheese topping.
(I’ve also had their veal parmigiana. Excellent.)
Prices are affordable enough for a workday lunch break and the atmosphere is several steps above most lunch options—definitely a good choice for business clients or even date night. There are dessert and wine options to make the meal more of an event.
The menu has a good range of Italian favorites with varieties of pasta, seafood, chicken, salads and steak.
Pizza is also on the menu, and enough “American” selections to satisfy the less adventurous members of your party. There’s even a children’s menu.
Antonio’s also offers catering and take-out party trays.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays.
Mark Fleming is a reporter for The Baytown Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.