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Best Italian Restaurant Dallas 2007 - Riccardi's Italian Dining & Lounge

Readers' Choice: Terilli's Restaurant and Jazz Bar
2815 Greenville Ave.
214-827-3993
4226 Preston Road, Frisco
214-387-4600
There's a joke among Dallas' culinary gentry that the best place for decent Italian is York Street, Sharon Hage's jewel where only the holy spirit of Tuscan cookery haunts her menu. That's why Riccardi's is such a surprise. It not only serves distinctive cuisine from owner Gaetano Riccardi's hometown of Avellino (near Naples), it bottles three of its own wines from the province of Avellino: a Greco di Tufo (white); the oldest variety of Avellino, the nutty and fruit forward Fiano di Avellino (white); and the rich and earthy Riccardi Taurasi, a red wine made from the Aglianico grape that is flush with food-friendly sharpness that unravels layers of balanced complexity. The menu includes spectacularly executed crimson sheers of carpaccio strewn with capers, and a creamy risotto mare blooming with plump shrimp, sweet lobster and tender calamari rings. It also has the unexpected, like the sausage- and pistachio-stuffed quail in a rich brandy sauce. Savor this in understated elegance that pools crisp contemporary edges with smooth traditional slopes and curves expressed in frescos, columns and wrought iron loops.
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danielle
danielle

Well...where do I begin? By far the worst restaurant experience I have had in 4 years in Dallas. The decor is unappealing but not as horrible as the actual food. My boyfriend took me there for Valentine's Day because he had heard that it was a great Italian restaurant with a special veal chef. We had early reservations, 5:30 so we could make a hockey game after--we did not make the 8:00 game (kind of ridiculous). The so-called prized veal chef served me the most inedible piece of meat. I tasted like it was a week old and served to me out of the microwave. I never send back food but I had to for fear I would get terribly ill had I finished it. Afraid to try anything else, I ordered a tomato and mozzarella salad. Worst quality mozzarella I habe tasted in an Italian restaurant. I went to Ikea the next weak and had a better, larger plate of tomato mozzarella for a quarter of the price. Then we ordered their special dessert for Valentine's Day. By special they mean pre-frozen. Nothing on the overly priced dessert plater was cooked there. It was horrible distasteful frozen cake. When my boyfriend booked the reservation they asked if he wanted to purchase flowers. He did and they ordered the complete opposite of what he ordered and gave it to another table. A meal that should of taken an hour and a half took 3 hours and we missed the hockey game which we left more than enough time to make. The horrible appetizer came out very fast but the food took an hour after and I don't even know why since I was served microwaved veal and there was only 2 other tables being served at the time. Most horrible experience. They not only ruined my meal but they ruined all my boyfriend's hard effort. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food, the service, the atmosphere was all horrible!

Walt Smith
Walt Smith

Anita and Gaetano Riccardi are the ultimate in satisfying their guest with authentic Italian cuisine, the best wine to compliment your meal and an atmosphere not found in most of the restaurants in the city. Added to the enjoyment, they have a seperate lounge for those who desire a nice cigar and after dinner drink or just a place to sit and relax with friends or business associates. Congratulations on your being named the "Best Italian Restaurant in Dallas" by the Dallas Observer. It is well deserved.

angelina
angelina

I agree also-Well Deserved! This place does it with class. Everyone there is so nice and they take care of you like you used to be taken care of years ago when you go out to DINE.Anita and Gaetano (spelling??) are some of the nicest people I know. Everyone should try this place.It is beautiful, charming and cozy. Can't get much better. It's romantic for a date night or a great gathering place or for private parties.

Pam Wenzel
Pam Wenzel

Well deserved! I have had the pleasure of many great diningexperiences at Riccardis.The trip down to Dallas form Mckinney is ALWAYS rewarded by the warm greeting of a gracious host and chef (Anita Riccardi) , a very enjoyable glass of Taurasi and always a spectacular meal!

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