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Alessio's is Euro-friendly

Again, we were greeted with ready smiles and immediately seated. Doug, our waiter, was attentive and careful to explain in great detail the night's specials. He checked on us regularly, but our courses were served in that leisurely, unrushed, food-is-about-friends-and-fellowship kind of way that you're most likely to find in eateries outside of the States.

This time we started with calamari served with a marinara sauce and a Caesar salad. Both were tasty but were ridiculously outshined by our entrées. For dinner, I chose the crab lasagna, and my companion selected the bistecca al Gorgonzola, a 12-ounce New York strip with a Gorgonzola and Barolo wine sauce.

With each bite we looked at each other in silent astonishment.

Alessio Franceschetti traveled the world to wind up in East Dallas.
Tom Jenkins
Alessio Franceschetti traveled the world to wind up in East Dallas.

The crab lasagna was layer upon layer of pasta and tons of shredded crabmeat infused with the same marinara and béchamel cream sauce that had accompanied the cannelloni. The steak was well-prepared, but it was the Gorgonzola and Barolo sauce that packed the punch with its smooth red wine base invigorated by the cheese.

We ended the evening with a cappuccino pie--a decadent coffee-flavored ice cream with a creamy chocolate top layer garnished with strawberry halves.

Alessio's also has a decent selection of wine.

Alessio's is value-priced. Lunch entrées range from about $9 to $18 and dinner generally falls between $9 and $25 for an entrée. 4801 Bryan St. No. 100, 214-824-2200. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Open 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. $$

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