Alberto Lombardi

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    March 18, 2014

    The Greek Is Closed in One Arts Plaza, and One Arts Plaza Is Still Boring

    Last May I hit my breaking point with One Arts Plaza after I reviewed The Greek, which was a major disappointment. I wrote that the menu might provide a decent substitute for sleeping pills and described some of the ingredients used there as terrible. The restaurant closed yesterday, as reported by ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Five Places to Eat Escargot in Dallas

    Dallas isn't exactly a mecca of French food, but there are a few spots to get your fix of beef bourguignon or a legit soupe a l'oignon. What have noticed, though, is that there is one major dish that is missing from some of the city's best Frenchie-food menus: escargots. Escargots have been served ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    Café des Artistes in One Arts Plaza Is Closing, because It's in One Arts Plaza

    Oh, One Arts Plaza. You're so circular, yet so haphazard. See Also: - The Restaurants of One Arts Plaza are Officially a Snooze Today Lombardi Family Concepts announced that they're closing Café des Artistes at the ever-fickle One Arts Plaza. Specifically, the press release reads: "Although the ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Lombardi Family Displaces Taqueria Stand for New Concept, Then Changes Their Mind

    Last July, Sarah Lombardi, daughter of Alberto Lombardi, who's behind a seemingly endless array of Dallas restaurants, announced she was getting into the business too. Sarah signed a lease in Bishop Arts and planned to open a space distinctly her own and separate from the family business. Look at th ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Spoon Bar & Kitchen Opens, Il Cane Rosso Announces a Second Location and More From November

    While a handful of restaurants popped up in the DFW area last month, November wasn't nearly as busy as October for restaurant openings and closings. Read on for the full list and be sure to share tips about new and/or dead restaurants in the comments section below or at Spo ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Café Des Artistes is Open in One Arts Plaza [Photos]

    The latest restaurant from restaurant mogul Alberto Lombardi, Café Des Artistes is a Cali-Euro brasserie inside the former Screen Door space in One Arts Plaza.

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    October 4, 2012

    Hofmann Hot Dogs To Open Restaurant in Trinity Groves

    Earlier this year we reported that the Zaccanelli Food Group, who includes Frank Zaccanelli, Phil Romano and Roger Staubach, purchased the Syracuse, New York-based Hofmann Sausage Company. See also: - Hofmann Sausage is Bringing Snappy Grillers to Dallas - Shepard Fairey Caught In the Act Hofmann ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    The Birth of Bistro 31, the Death of Heart Attack Grill and More Movement from Last Month in Dallas Dining

    Catherine DownesThe V Spot Cafe opened on Henderson.​October has been a busy month for restaurant owners in Dallas, with many restaurants opening and some closing their doors for good. Some notable additions to the city include Vegan café, V Spot and Alberto Lombardi's latest project, Bistro ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Bistro 31 Opens in Highland Park Village

    Alberto Lombardi's latest creation, Bistro 31, opened yesterday in Highland Park Village, which was built, fittingly, in 1931. The menu specializes in Mediterranean food and includes Italian, Spanish and French dishes, or combinations thereof. Hitting most points on Foodbitch's 15 classy things li ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    December 31, 2010

    Revolving Doors: All's Well That Ends Well

    ​As December comes to a close, it seems all is well, or at least better, as many highly anticipated restaurants made their debuts. David Uygur was back in the kitchen, plus a New York deli and the latest Lombardi venture both opened. We were expecting few restaurants to shutter since, being the ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Come Young, Come Old, Leave Drunk
    At Penne Pomodoro's Brunch

    Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The HourPenne Pomodoro's fruity brunch beverages.​To be honest with you, if I'd known before we sat down at the Lakewood Penne Pomodoro on Sunday morning that they're a beer- and wine-only joint, I'd never have gone. No liquor means no Bloody Mary, and no Bloody ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Bloggers to Your Computers: Let the Festivities Begin

    The future of Ketchup is upon us.​Now that we're through with Thanksgiving, Dallas food blogs and food writers are warmed up and ready to get going with some serious holiday eating. The party started this week with Chanukah, and we expect it to keep gaining momentum right through New Years. P ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    The Top 10 Best Looking Dining Rooms in Dallas

    In the Villa O dining room​Pairing upscale design with fine dining is as natural as having a little sushi with your sake. But there are many ways to describe the handsome restaurants in the city, from ornate and ostentatious to clever and contemporary--and here we've included far more of the latte ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: Flops

    Patrick MichelsDrinks at Lazare.​No one relishes disaster.Take that back. No one relishes disaster in their own community. While wary of competition, restaurant owners also know that a popular venue opening nearby helps drive traffic, and traffic means potential profit.Yet sometimes man's reach ex ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009
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    June 8, 2009

    Popular For Being Popular

    Kalandrakas via FlicrPlease forgive the rambling nature of this rant. It's Monday, there's no sign of the "Knockers" post due at 11 a.m., nor of some other stuff. I have a nice sunburn from the FC Dallas game. And on Saturday afternoon I waited in a 30 minute line, just so I could order one of Twist ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    10 Questions: Scott Gottlich of Bijoux

    He and his wife, Gina, have raked in much deserved stars and awards and verbal fanfare since they opened Bijoux. The Dallas native began his career in California, however. Gottlich headed west after graduating from Johnson and Wales to work in a French restaurant. From there, it was off to ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Stories Of Misconduct

    Every once in awhile I wonder just why some people are keen to lavish praise on restaurant owners. Yeah, I know--the Food Network and those in the media who promote the celebrity chef idea share a portion of the blame. But many of the folks who dine regularly simply don't wish to peer behind the cur ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Short Orders: Taverna

    Taverna3210 Armstrong Ave.214-520-9933You can imagine Europe from a table inside Taverna, especially on a dim and sputtering March evening. The drafty windows, the clicking of rain, the homey clutter--it's like you've drifted somehow into an old world cafe...until Uptown boy walks in.He saw fit to c ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Review and Gallery: Cibus

    In this week's review, Dave takes on Cibus, Alberto Lombardi's cozy Italian spot in Northpark.For more shots of the restaurant, its cooking staff, its meat and its gelato, you can salivate over photographer Sara Kerens' work in our slideshow here.

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    February 26, 2009
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    January 2, 2009

    Closing The Book: Some 2008's Best (And Most Lamented) Restaurants

    Two days off, one day at work, then a weekend to recover...For our purposes the new year begins on Monday, when we resume the normal City of Ate schedule of columns, dubious wine pairings and other bits of inspired banality. Today, we close out 2008 with a list of the sorry year's top openings and c ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    October 30, 2008

    Pescabar's Identity Crisis

    Style and fusion overwhelm simpler Italian pleasures

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    July 17, 2008
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    December 29, 2005

    Is Screwing Hip?

    We twist open 2005 for a nip. Is this a sign of things to come?

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    September 22, 2005

    Fresh Fruit

    Boustani imports Moroccan flavors

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    November 18, 2004

    Risotto Fix

    Taverna may be loud, but its menu is silent lucidity

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    October 7, 2004

    Tutto Two

    Joseph Gutierrez takes over old Watel's space

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    January 23, 2003

    Location, Location, Location

    Patrick Colombo eyeing new projects

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    August 15, 2002

    Penne Earned

    Alberto Lombardi's latest eatery is everything a neighborhood could hope for

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    July 11, 2002

    Salve! Succumbs

    McKinney Avenue Italian restaurant calls it quits

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    June 13, 2002

    Frenchie Flash

    Loosen up and enjoy the ride at Paris Vendôme

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    June 6, 2002

    Bistro Kaput

    Avner Samuel's attempt at a kosher eatery falls flat

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    June 7, 2001

    Cheesy Lulu

    Texadelphia finds a new home on McKinney

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    December 28, 2000

    Playing Chicken

    Come boom or bust Dallasites gotta eat--out, that is

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    October 26, 2000

    Roly-poly Fish Heads

    Chefs are taking detours

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    June 15, 2000

    Hash Over

    Fish fissure; Mixed hash

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    May 4, 2000

    Bite this

    Mangia e Bevi has good little mouthfuls

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    March 9, 2000

    Hash Over

    Bizu kisses off

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    December 30, 1999

    Eat these words

    The Dallas scene was everywhere -- and nowhere -- in 1999

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    September 9, 1999

    Paris, Texas

    Though sometimes pricey, Jean-Michel Sakouhi's new bistro fits Dallas to a T

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    April 8, 1999

    Wet kiss

    Bizu needs to tighten its menu before Dallas will pucker up

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    December 31, 1998

    Let 'em eat loin

    1998 was a year of lusty carnivores, raw fish, and orgiastic indulgence

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    November 26, 1998
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    January 16, 1997

    Well done

    In a business where being good often isn't enough, who will survive 1997?

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    January 2, 1997

    Seagoing Italian

    At Lombardi Mare, one of Dallas' top restaurateurs explores uncharted waters

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    October 26, 1995

    Princess for a day

    Don your rhinestone tiara: The Pyramid's prix-fixe dinner is the best deal in town

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    January 26, 1995

    Maserati of manicotti

    Ruggeri's serves the best in town--with refreshing grace and charm

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