I heard about Molto Bene from Fort Bend Food Blog reader Felicia S. I had no idea this restaurant existed, so I was so happy for the tip, and I couldn’t wait to try it out.
Molto Bene is located on Highway 6 near the intersection of Sienna Parkway (it’s actually in the same strip center as Hoggs n’ Chicks). The dining room is very, very small (it seats only 44 people), so I highly recommend reservations. I was pleasantly surprised that the dining room was so quiet, despite its small size.
The booth at the very back of the restaurant seats 6 and it has the coolest chandelier made from wine bottles. When I turned in my chair to take a photo of it, our server told me that it had been custom made for the restaurant. My picture is a little blurry, but you get the idea. ;)
I think that Molto Bene would like to project the image of an upscale restaurant, and it definitely feels more romantic than, say Carrabba’s or Corelli’s, but I’m not sure they’ve quite hit the mark either. This is truly more the type of place where you expect to see the red-and-white checked tablecloths with red candle holders on the tables. And, honestly, I think that would be a better fit — you know, your favorite neighborhood Italian spot!
The menu features mostly standard Italian dishes. Nevertheless, I love Italian food, and it took some serious studying of the menu to make a decision about what to eat. While we browsed the menu, our server brought some focaccia bread with olive oil and herbs. The bread disappeared into our mouths rather quickly.
We ordered a bottle of wine, but they were out of the one we wanted. The most similar wine on the wine list was a bit more expensive, but we decided to go with that. We noted the comparison with Post Oak Grill, where the same thing happened, and the manager charged us the cheaper price of the wine we originally chose.
I wanted a spring mix salad, but they were out. So I went with a side salad instead. It was good and fresh.
Only Kid #2 ordered off the kids’ menu. He chose perennial kid favorite, spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were large and flavorful and reminded us all of some really great meatballs we had on a vacation in the Bahamas (I know, that’s unexpected!). He liked his dish a lot, and was very happy that a piece of garlic bread accompanied it.
Kid #1 ordered lasagna off of the regular dinner menu since it wasn’t offered on the kids’ menu. The menu notes that lasagna takes 20 minutes to prepare, but he was willing to wait. When I try an Italian restaurant for the first time, I usually order the lasagna. But since Kid #1 ordered it, that freed me up to try something else! I loved that the lasagna wasn’t just a slice of lasagna out of a pan. No, the reason for the 20-minute wait was that this is a personal sized lasagna that is clearly not made until you order it. The cheese was bubbly and hot, and the lasagna overfloweth! Kid #1 liked this lasagna quite a bit. It was very meaty on the inside.
My husband ordered the chicken parmesan. He thought it was pretty decent, but was really pleasantly surprised by the pasta that was served on the side. It was cooked perfectly al dente, and he enjoyed the sauce. He prefers a tomato sauce that is smoother and not too chunky (he likes creamy peanut butter too :) ) and this one fit the bill.
I asked our server to recommend a dish, and he said the chicken piccata was one of his favorites, so that’s what I ordered. It was flavorful, but I found it too salty (and the green beans, too). The portion of chicken was huge — I could finish only about half of it. I agreed with my husband about the pasta — surprisingly yummy!
For dessert, we tried the chocolate explosion cake. I mean, really, how can you resist a dessert with a name like that? It was good — not really unique, but chocolate = good! Sorry for the blurry photo.
The cozier atmosphere of Molto Bene was nice, compared with some place like Carrabba’s, which is so loud that it’s sometimes hard to carry on a conversation. The service started out strong, but got slower toward the end of the meal. At that point, our kids’ drinks needed refilling, and our server never came by to check on us. The food was good, but not remarkable, and I would definitely stick with the pasta dishes. I would recommend Molto Bene if you are looking for a quiet place for a date night or perhaps to spend time having good conversation with a small group of friends, or if you live in Sienna Plantation and don’t feel like fighting traffic on Highway 6 to drive to a place in Sugar Land.