Italian restaurant, Lasagna House, perseveres through the decades

All pasta dishes, like the restaurantu2019s lasagna ($9.99), Puttanesca ($11.99) and Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken ($13.99), are served with garlic bread and a house salad.

All pasta dishes, like the restaurantu2019s lasagna ($9.99), Puttanesca ($11.99) and Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken ($13.99), are served with garlic bread and a house salad.

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Lasagna House
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Lasagna House
Having opened more than 75 years ago, Lasagna House has withstood the test of time, owner Matt Vernon said.

While Lasagna House was first opened in Chicago in 1942 by Pete Pizzo, an 18-year-old Sicilian immigrant, Vernon said the restaurant relocated three times since then to its present location at Westheimer Road and Eldridge Parkway in Houston. Shortly after, Pizzo opened a second location at FM 1960 and I-45 in Spring.

Pizzo ran both restaurants until 1995 when brothers Jeff and Alan Smith purchased the location on FM 1960. Six years later, the brothers also purchased the location on Westheimer—the same year Vernon first dined at the restaurant.

“My grandmother’s Sicilian, so I really like Italian food and was having a hard time finding it,” Vernon said. “So I came here and tried the food and loved it. I found out employees got discounts so I asked for a job.”

Vernon was hired as a waiter and moved up the ranks to become the general manager. In 2013, the Smiths asked Vernon if he and his wife, Mary, wanted to buy the FM 1960 location.

“I said ‘You know I started here as a customer, right?’ And that’s how my wife and I ended up buying my favorite restaurant,” he said.

Nearly eight decades after its founding, Vernon said the restaurant stays true to its roots, using Pizzo’s original recipes for its signature pastas, pizzas, Italian sandwiches, soups and salads.

“We make all of our own salad dressings, sauces, fillings, pizza dough and desserts,” Vernon said.

The restaurant has an on-site garden where Vernon grows the produce used in the eatery’s dishes.

“I believe God makes better food than the supermarket, and we treat our garden like we do our kitchen—there are no chemicals,” he said.

Two years into Vernon’s newfound venture, a fire at a neighboring business caused serious damage to Lasagna House, forcing the restaurant to close for 26 months for renovations.

A month after reopening, Hurricane Harvey caused water damage to the eatery’s new roof. Vernon said he left some of the water-stained tiles in the ceiling as a reminder to be thankful.

“That’s the thing about being in this community for so long—everyone jumps in when somebody’s in need,” he said.  “I’m humbled to be in a community like that, and every chance we get, we give back, too.”

Lasagna House
217 FM 1960, Ste. D, Houston
281-580-7797
www.lasagnahouse.com
Hours: Mon. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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