The Houston Chronicle Dining Guide:"The lure of these small packets spans age groups and cultures in a way that's almost primal." --Allison Cook, Nov. 4, 2004
The Houston Press -Best Empanadas Award(2008)
"Inside, don't be surprised to see Marcello or his daughter greeting customers new and old like family, welcoming them with warm smiles and lots of friendly conversation."
--Houston Press, 2008
"I love the fact that the Marini family has never resorted to the icky-sticky commercial fillings that many bakeries use these days. You get a real sense of the fruit from their dessert empanadas, which is all too rare" --- September 5, 2007
"Marini's Empanada House is one of those "best kept secret" places that only a local would know about. The food is hand made to order and absolutely fabulous. You must try the Gaucho empanada. It is a heavenly blend of beef, olives, hard boiled egg and spices. It will knock your socks off. The family owned atmosphere is refreshingly honest and simple, and the mate is a must have refreshing drink to wash down serious empanadas. Don't miss the chance for a tender, hot desert empanada to reward yourself for a good meal. " --- John, October 2008