3320 White Oak Dr.
Houston, TX 77077
I was looking for some good Italian food in Houston, but The Annoyer said it doesn't really exist. Coltivare is new on the dining scene so it was new for him too. Coltivare reminded me of a Portland restaurant. It's small. It had an old, yet contemporary feel to it. There was a lot of distressed wood. The kitchen was open. The menu felt very seasonal and local. I almost forgot I was in Houston.
Cauliflower pinenuts, raisins
If you're going to fry a vegetable, your best bet is to fry cauliflower or Brussels sprouts. Frying brings a a golden caramelization while keeping the vegetable firm and crispy. There's nothing worse than mushy vegetables. The raisins added some sweetness while the pinenuts added crunch. It was a good starter.Lacinata Kale pickled butternut squash, smoked gouda, pecans, local pears
I was expecting more kale than squash, but was pleased by the interesting preparation of squash. I've never had pickled squash. It was crunchy, and a little bit sweet and sour. The cheese, pecans, and pears really rounded out the picklyness which got a bit tiresome after awhile. More kale probably would have offset the picklyness too.