Photographs from the Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo Papers, courtesy of the Houston History Archives, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Ninfa is legend in Houston, as a woman and a brand. Ninfa’s is the story of a woman, Ninfa Laurenzo, who was suddenly widowed with five children to support. First, she opened a taqueria in the tortilla factory she and her husband had owned. In 1973, she expanded to a 10-table restaurant, serving her mother’s recipes and adding her own.