Spring, Texas – August 28, 2018 – Lasagna House III serves far more than their famous lasagna on their plates. When you dine at this Italy-inspired eatery, expect homegrown produce, homemade salad dressings and sauces, and handmade pizza dough–just to name a few.
“I love food and I love serving quality food,” owner Matt Vernon said. “I really try to bring every dish back to its roots.”
In 1942, an idea was brought to life as Lasagna House opened in Chicago by a Sicily immigrant, Pizzo. Business boomed quickly, Vernon said, and expanded to Houston when his family had moved there.
The original location in Southwest Houston is now closed. Today, Lasagna House exists in three locations–one on Westheimer, one in Sugar Land, and one on 1960, which is the location Vernon owns.
Twenty years ago, Vernon began coming to Lasagna House as a customer. He said he really enjoyed the food and could tell something was different about the place–he was hired as a server in 2000.
As business continued to grow, Vernon was asked to become a manager in 2011 of the Wetheimer location. Not ever managing a business prior, Vernon’s hard work had paid off when he was offered to buy the 1960 location in 2013.
“It’s amazing. God is so great,” he said. “How often does it happen that someone starts as a customer and ends up owning that restaurant fifteen years later?”
Although no one can track down the exact date Lasagna House III opened, Vernon estimates the late 70s or early 80s.
Vernon said running a family-owned business is no easy task.
With the help of his wife, who is originally from Italy, Vernon did not wish to change anything about the restaurant but hoped to keep the original concept alive.
Vernon said he is humbled to be a small part of the history that Lasagna House has become.
Tragically, in 2015, the building next door caught fire and burned down the restaurant causing business to halt.
However, he said the residents of the community came together and helped. He said it’s a blessing to be a part of this community.
“I pray for our customers and staff every day,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the support of the community and the Grace of God, we wouldn’t still be here.”
Vernon said they make all of their food in-house. He said in 1942, there were no GMOs or shipping things across state lines–there was local, fresh produce.
Located on the side of the restaurant sits a garden containing basil, oregano, rosemary, tomatoes, grapes, watermelon and more. The restaurant uses these homegrown ingredients in their dishes.
In addition to quality food, the eatery serves beer from local breweries and coffee and condiments from local businesses–if they can’t make it or grow it, he said, they want to buy the best around.
Vernon said they are always exploring and experimenting with new ingredients and tastes to keep the customers guessing.
“It’s a passion; it’s inside of you,” he said. “I don’t do it for the money. I do it because I love it. I can’t go anywhere else and do what I do every day.”
Lasagna House III plans to celebrate its grand reopening since the fire and host an event in the near future.
Address: 217D Cypress Creek Pkwy.
Phone: (281) 580-7797