Polovina Italian Cafe
Houston, TX 77007
The cafe/market space dubbed Raia's that helped anchor the revitalization of the Washington Corridor was reimagined in summer 2012 as Polovina Italian Cafe.
Gone are the red checkered tablecloths and some of the market elements that Raia's was known for. Instead owner Terry Polovina is making the restaurant more suitable for the Washington Avenue crowd, adding a bar and other elements such as wine by the glass. Some of the more popular menu items remain, such as the much-loved osso buco. Others have been added, like the braciole (rolled steak stuffed with cheeses and stewed in
tomato sauce). Try the tilapia almandine for something unique or the turkey avocado panini for a lighter option.
Polovina also has one of the best patios on Washington Avenue, giving patrons an opportunity to dine on the bustling corridor under light-lit umbrellas.
Open daily for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.