A sad day for Dallas diners: Cremona, the charming Italian joint nestled at the end of Routh Street, has been arrivederci'd by a three-alarm fire that began sometime during the wee small hours of the morning today. Notes WFAA-Channel 8, "The roof of the restaurant collapsed as balls of fire roared through the building"; a firefighter was injured; and investigators note the "likelihood" that the fire started next door, at the Paintball Doctor.
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Food may not have been the always toppest of notches, but Cremona satisfied far more than it disappointed -- and the low, low prices ($8.95 for crab claws doused in lemon, butter and garlic) were outmatched only by the joint's funky, cozy outdoor-patio-gone-indoor vibe. So, yes, we'll miss the place about which we wrote, 13 long years ago, "You can't help but like it, odd as it is." --Robert Wilonsky