Highland Park Gets Its Very Own Italian Restaurant and Specialty Shop.
I love Central Market. I love the food maze they make you cart through. I love that they always have approximately one zillion apples in that place. I love that I always find some random shit I don't need but is freaking amazing (See: wasabi arugula, pictured above). I love the Chef's Case, with its ... More >>
If you've only eaten Italian food in Dallas, there's a good chance you've never had real spaghetti carbonara. The traditional version of the dish turns eggs, cheese and fat into a delicious sauce that completely integrates with the pasta. Chefs have supplemented the dish with cream, herbs and someti ... More >>
High-priced dishes obscure the cooking at Zio Cecio -- until the pasta comes.
It only took me seven seconds to fall for Nadia Giosia -- a.k.a.Nadia G., the fully-functional nutso charmer on her grunge-named Cooking Channel show, Bitchin' Kitchen. In those vital 7 seconds of Nadia G.'s promotional sound-bites, I was hooked: "If you were to ask me whether I'd rather make ... More >>
Eataly's pastry shopWhile everyone was enduring the Super Bowl pains here in Dallas, I was away in NYC and LA for work. Despite braving a blizzard and juggling time zones, I ate well. Both food scenes were predictably different. I ate rich, fatty foods in the NYC winter blast, while in LA, ... More >>
Daniele PuleoChef Daniele Puleo and his fiancée are having dinner when we arrive at Daniele Osteria. When I called to let him know we're stuck in traffic, he tells me to take my time. "We'll go ahead and order," he says. I don't know who he's talking about at the time. But I am nervous to di ... More >>
In the third part of our visit with Casey Thompson, Top Chef star, former executive chef at Shinsei and current chef at Fort Worth's Brownstone, Thompson shares a recipe for a beefy pasta dish. For parts 1 and 2 of our interview with Thompson, go here and here. Pasta and Grass-fed Beef
Alice LaussadeMozzarella Company 2944 Elm St. 214-741-4072 Try: Prosciutto Mozzarella Roll I spent my Memorial Day just like everybody else: First I woke up and kissed the soil, high-fived my freedom and gave big ups to all the soldiers past and present who have fought to keep this country so g ... More >>
Recipe Demonstrated by Chef Chris Hughes of Tre Amici Prime Steakhouse & Seafood It's a new year, and you know what that means: time for resolutions. People are signing documents for a new gym membership, throwing away their cartons of Marlboro Reds and eating more greens and less deep-frie ... More >>
Bene Bene4727 Frankford972-267-2363Old school Italian joints dot the area's northern reaches. Don't know why, really--but if you want typical lasagna, chicken parmigiana, bruschetta with nothing fancier than garlic and basil, or any other dish common to Italian restaurants up through the 1980s, y ... More >>
Funny how Vapiano, the German-based fast-casual restaurant in Mockingbird Station, actually feels like Germany. Maybe it's the color scheme--a little like the Nutelleria in Frankfurt--or maybe it's the fact that the system here is so foreign, and words sorta get lost in translation. As Date an ... More >>
Sweet Basil17610 Midway972-733-1500Sometimes your expectations, well...Let's just say that from the outside, Sweet Basil resembles some kind of candy shop, what with the brightly striped awning and cute name.The only hints of its true nature--apart from the "Italian Cafe" printed on the awning--is a ... More >>
It's always wise to eat where waiters eat
Andiamo4151 Belt LineAddison972-233-1515Andiamo is the dining equivalent of television's Life on Mars or Ashes to Ashes--an unexpected and momentarily confusing step back in time. The decor probably hasn't changed at all since the place opened in 1990. The menu includes staid, old-school dishes like ... More >>
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 >>
The "O" is for original and organic.
Clean, minimalist, delicious and sort of Italian
Harmon Jenkins gives us a taste
For food like this, you might as well stay home
Isabella is North Texas Italian boilerplate--with a few twists
Grotto serves typical Dallas Italian. Too bad.
Fossil fuel makes for delicious pies
Alessio's is Euro-friendly
Beach-Aye, the Navel-Gazer
Bravo Italia offers nothing offensive, nothing spectacular
Compelling Italian surprises at Riccardi's
Chocoholics unite at Gourmet Showcase 2005
With no guiding principle, the food wanders at Dolce Oliva
At Tutto Eclectic Italian, the menu doesn't fail to seduce, but the food falls flat on delivery
Time will tell if Daniele Osteria will leave its mark on Italian dining in Dallas
Taverna may be loud, but its menu is silent lucidity
What's in a name? At Saltimbocca's!, it's the best dish on the menu.
The Mozzarella Co.
Risotto cake at Café Modern
Vino & Basso needs to merge its split personality
Mi Piaci is a still-fresh classic
Why is Italian food so popular?