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Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999
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Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999 - File 020. 1999-12-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6369/show/6359.

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(1999-12-24). Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999 - File 020. Montrose Voice. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6369/show/6359

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 24, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 24,1999 OUT ON THE BAYOU 19 Eating Out RESTAURANT REVIEWS Trendy ironing to perform byTRAYCEDISKIN To approach MIA BELLA, a relatively new "trattoria" downtown, is to have the sensation of living in a "real" city, in which a diverse crowd of citizens jockey for side- vv.ilk space between various restaurants, shops and bus stops bustling with riders. Okay, maybe Houston has a ways to go when it comes to having a fully-functioning life downtown, but Mia Bella is another place of quality. smoky and rich flavor. After our wait neared 90 minutes, and the crowds around us at the bar kept growing, we quizzed the hostess about our seats. "Oh," she said, and suggested we just keep dining in our chairs at the bar. After assuring her that we indeed planned to dine at a table, we waited another 30 minutes to be seated. Separate the attitude of the staff from the quality of the food, and the meal can be enjoyable. We tried the Pesce alia Paesano T R After settling in at the bar for our hour- long wait, we ordered two appetizers to tide us over. The Crostini de Mozzarella ($3.95) arrived on a bed of basil and arrugula leaves, and the milky, pillowy mozzarella more than compensated for the unripened tomato slices. The Bruschetta alia Romana ($3.95) was less impressive, if only for the extremely salty taste of the chopped tomato mixture. The grilled bread slices and large lakes of ripe parmesan were nice, but didn't prevent a sodium-induced wince from my dining partner and me. The prices and quality of the appetizers made us ponder making a dinner out of such dishes as Vongole en Vino Blanco ($5.95), baby clams sauteed in white wine and the hearty Stucchi di Angnello ($5.95), grilled lamb kebob. The customary Calamari alia Fritti ($4.95) was crisp, light and meaty, and the more adventurous Funghi e Formaggio ($4.95), wild mushroom strudel with goat cheese, packs a Mia Bella 820 Main St.@ Preston 713-237-0505 Food: £,£,£>£, Service: <g-> c; Value: £)£>£>£) Scene: £> £>& £>£ \~? Opt for bread, water at home OK, if you really must Fine for most Worth the drive, so live a little T T O R I A ($9.95), a brick-sized filet of baked rainbow trout marinated in roasted cilantro jalapeno pesto. The pesto was delicious and each herb and flavor mingled wickedly for a spicy coating. The pesto was more of a topping than a marinade and slid off the fish. The rest of the meat didn't soak up the flavor, so the fish was a bit plain, if not respectably cooked. But the side scoop of nutty, tender cous-cous effortlessly absorbed the pesto and provided a delicious alternative. The steamed vegetables were only mundane. The Ossobucco di Capretto ($11.95), lamb shank braised in red wine with shitake mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and port wine sauce, was so tender that the meat actually fell from the bones. The sauce permeated the entire dish. Although the mushrooms provided a distinct taste, the mingling of flavors was perfect. The mashed potatoes were too lightly seasoned and the leeks and garlic were nearly undetectable. In true trattoria style, Mia Bella offers a large selection of pasta dishes, like the exquisite Capellini di Mare ($11.95), angel hair pasta with fresh seafood, and Papardelle al Modo Mio, ($8.95), a dish of sauteed artichoke hearts, mushrooms, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts in a rich tomato basil sauce. The uneven and inattentive service seemed to result more from lack of efficiency and organization than anything else, even though the place was packed. Our service went from poor to worse after a friend finished her soft drink, served in a pint glass with no straw. After finishing, she noticed a wide crack and realized the grainy feeling she felt while chewing ice was probably shards of glass. Management made only excuses and no apologies, A little professionalism and basic logic would have gone a long way. Although the food and atmosphere of Mia Bella may be worthy, we wondered how well Mia Bella will fare once it's joined by newer, trendy neighbors. Courteous and efficient service needs to be a priority and Mia Bella has some kinks to iron out. MM SMMIM Lets Kill (( HIM The Boss \\Y«.rpEK. /vVVSTS«.y »;NNEH THSATK.5! r Twenty Hundred & One ASnaceuddlts CKSep ITALIAN CI R ITALIAN (J RISTORANTE 1209 CAROLINE AT DALLAS 713.759.9323 • fax 713.759.6812 Lunch: M-F 11am - 5pm Dinner: M-Th 5pm - 9:30pm • Fri & Sat 5pm "HOME COOKING 10pm ITALIAN STYLE" Delivery to all lofts & apartments in Downtown Houston Catering available for lunch and dinner meetings, banquet facilities, and take-out available! Plan your Christmas party with ao6^nirie6 AUAN (JRISTORANTE b obephine-b rAUAN (J RISTORANTE Available for the Holidays Chocolates by IHark Gourmet Fresh Ground Coffees for sale by the pound TOOPtETHTS 1830 W. Alabama (713)522-7662 WE WILL CLOSE AT 3:00 PM ON CHRISMAS EVE, WE ARE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY & WILL REOPEN AT 6:00 AM ON DECEMBER 26TH. TEES Zenilh Roller Rink 8075 Cook Rood 281.575.7655 i^M I P^Q I J^Q I Q / Q / C
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