Mike Riccetti


Mike Riccetti is a Houston-based food writer who has written three editions of the popular guidebook, Houston Dining on the Cheap - A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in Houston. For the last few years, he has been the local editor of the Zagat Survey. He has been a significant contributor to other guides: The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston and Where the Locals Eat. He has written regularly for My Table - Houston’s Dining Magazine since 2004, and the Galveston County Daily News since 2010. Additionally, he posts several articles a week about restaurants, food and wine for Examiner.com. In the January 2011 issue of My Table he was named one of “100 Houston Tastemakers.”

He is also the co-author of The Guide to Ridiculously Easy Entertaining. He is currently – and since 2008 – working on a book entitled Eating Italian in America about the history of Italian food in this country. A lengthy excerpt is currently available as an eBook, From the Antipasto to the Zabaglione - The Story of Italian Restaurants in America. A longtime Houstonian, he has degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University.

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From the Antipasto to the Zabaglione - The Story of Italian Restaurants in America
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,850. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Italian
From the Antipasto to the Zabaglione tells the story of Italian restaurants in America. There is certainly more to Italian food in this country than what is found in its Italian-themed restaurants. But, it is an appealing tale in its own right, and one that has not yet been fully told. This fairly concise tome follows the food of the early immigrants to the diverse range of Italian eateries today.
Houston Dining Index - A Guide for Visitors (and Most Locals, Too)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,940. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Entertaining
Houston Dining Index is a different and more useful type of guide. It is organized as series of over 60 categories designed for the business traveler, newcomer, and those not terribly familiar with the city proper. A few of the categories are: bistros, Italian restaurants, Italian-American restaurants, steakhouses, beer bars, places within a short walk of the MetroRail stops, and much more.

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