Neighborhood Eats: Capri Italian Restaurant in Spring


by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:54 PM

Capri Italian Restaurant in Spring

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HOUSTON—KHOU stands for Houston and Houston stands for good eats.  So we will highlight some of your favorite mom-and-pop establishments in a new segment called “Neighborhood Eats.”

Our first restaurant is located in a strip center in Spring along Interstate 45 north of Rayford Road.  It’s Capri Italian Restaurant.

Everything from the sausage to the meatballs, all the pasta, and even the mozzarella is homemade by chef/owner Barbara Coglianese.

She opened Capri four years ago. Coglianese came to America when her husband got a job in the oil industry. They opened the restaurant. The marriage failed. The business did not.

Her four sons and a young dedicated staff run the place, which is often packed at dinnertime and on weekends. It only seats 56 people.

“The specials are always interesting, different. You don’t find at the major chains,” said diner Kimberly Hendricks. 

“When I walk in she knows what I want,” another diner said.

“I love my customers,” Coglianese said with her characteristic laugh.

Coglianese said her mother taught her everything she knows. Even though she has passed away, her mother is “always with me,” Coglianese said as she cooked up yet another mouth-watering dish.

Here is one of her recipes:


Tagliatelle Portobella

4 oz Homemade pasta

¼ Small onion diced finely

1 TBS olive oil

1 TSP butter

Salt and pepper to taste

6 oz Sliced portobella mushrooms sliced

Pinch of parsley

¾ cup Dry white wine (a nice one)


           Cook pasta until it’s slightly more than firm and set aside

           In a saute pan, melt butter in oil, add onion, saute until translucent

           Add mushrooms and cook for one minute

           Add salt and pepper

           Stir in wine

           Add pasta and cook until the liquid is reduced and pasta is slightly more than firm

Garnish with parmesan and parsley