Matt Vernon, owner of Lasagna House, and Barbara Coglianese, former owner of Capri, have found a new home in Pasta e Pesto. When Lasagna House was damaged in a fire in July 2015, Matt didn't let that stop him from pursuing his desire to fill the bellies of his loyal customers with authentic Italian cuisine. He opened up Pasta e Pesto in December of 2015 with the intent to have a temporary place to continue filling catering orders while repairs to Lasagna House took place. However, Pasta e Pesto soon developed its own identity.
Pasta e Pesto focuses on Northern Italian dishes and pastas with flavorful sauces. Barbara, along with Matt's Italian wife, Mary, worked together to incorporate their favorite dishes from Italy. The signature pasta is pesto linguine with your choice of Genovese or Sicilian Pesto. Another unique entree is Pasticcio, a Northern Italian lasagna made with Bolognese sauce, homemade besciamella, mozzarella, and Parmigiano. Matt himself is becoming more hands on and recently developed the menu for one of their monthly pop up dinners.
Pop up dinners are held the last Monday of every month and it's a time for the staff to exercise culinary creativity outside the normal menu items. Diners are seated in long tables and courses are served with precision. Pasta e Pesto is BYOB so it doesn't take long for people to engage in conversation with their table mates. The next pop up dinner is scheduled for August 29th.
Pasta e Pesto will also be participating in this year's Houston Restaurant Week starting August 1st and running until September 5th. A four course menu is available for just $25 with $4 of the cost going to the Houston Food Bank. Click here to view the menu: Pasta e Pesto HRW Menu. As for Lasagna House, Matt and the crew are hard at work on renovations and hope to have it up and running by the end of the year.
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