DINING FEATURE Trattoria Pizza &Pasta Neighborhood restaurant oers Italian classics, family recipes E lderin Berisha said his primary goal at Trattoria Pizza & Pasta is making customers feel at home. “If you come here on a Friday or a Saturday night, you’ll see all the customers know us,” he said. “We know their names; we talk to them; we sit with them. It’s like a family. I want to try to make you comfortable when you come here. We know what you order, and we pay attention to the details.” Berisha is nine years into his career working with his family’s business, which he said launched in 2005 and has six other restaurants in Texas and Louisiana. Trattoria, which celebrated one year in business at the end of August, is the rst Houston-area location for the Albanian-Italian family. Popular dishes include rebrick oven-baked pizzas, shrimp modo mio and the tour of Italy, which invites diners to try classics including an eight-layer lasagna, chicken parmesan and fettuccine Alfredo. “We have plenty of options, but those are what I would say what people love most here,” he said. “Our thing is every day it’s fresh—pastas, sauces and everything.” Berisha said he prides himself on Trattoria’s competitive prices and compliments from customers regarding the quality of food and service. Despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in his rst year of business, he said he is pleased with the community support the restaurant has received. Trattoria oers dine-in service, takeout and delivery through Uber Eats and DoorDash. Catering services are available for large groups. Most regular customers come from nearby neighborhoods, but Berisha said he has received requests to open a second location in Spring or Katy, which he hopes to pursue in 2021. BY DANICA LLOYD
DISHES TO TRY
2 FRADIAVO LO DISH
3 CHICKEN OR EGGPLANT PARMESAN
4 FRIED CHEESE
5 ITALIAN CREME CAKE
1 Homemade Italian bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil, tomato, onions and basil ($6.95) 2 Shrimp, chicken and clams sauteed with crushed red pepper and garlic in white wine and marinara sauce served over a bed of spaghetti ($18.95) 3 Freshly fried and baked with marinara and mozzarella
cheese served over a bed of spaghetti ($12.95) 4 Fresh mozzarella sliced, breaded, fried and dusted with parmesan cheese with a side of marinara sauce ($7.95) 5 Three layers of cake lled with coconut and pecans, frosted with a whipped cream cheese frosting ($6.95)
COURTESY TRATTORIA PIZZA & PASTA
Trattoria Pizza&Pasta 10211 Cypresswood Drive, Ste. 300, Houston 832-478-9482 www.trattoriapizzapasta.com Hours: Tue.-Thu., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Mon.
“WE KNOW CUSTOMERS’ NAMES; WE TALK TO THEM; WE SIT WITH THEM. IT’S LIKE A FAMILY.”
Elderin Berisha owns and operates Trattoria Pizza & Pasta.
DANICA LLOYDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
CYFAIR EDITION • OCTOBER 2020
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