John Mariani

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Samar Makes Esquire's Cut,
    But Is Dallas Not As Trendy as it Thinks?

    Samar​The accompanying text for Esquire's much-hyped list of best new restaurants is finally online, which means eaters can now follow author John Mariani's logic for anointing Samar a top 10 stand-out (He was apparently smitten with the patio, hookah selection and "women in painted-on blue jeans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Esquire Names Samar a Top New Restaurant

    Stephan Pyles' Samar, which this weekend celebrated its first anniversary with cheap drinks and belly dancing, was today named to Esquire's list of best new restaurants. ​Samar is the only Dallas entry on the list, compiled annually by culinary gadfly John Mariani. Haven in Houston also got a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Pizza By Marco (Part Deux)

    After the recent post on my not-so-great experience at Pizza By Marco, I received an e-mail from the restaurant's owner, Frank Nuccio, who wrote that he was disappointed and offered to personally deliver a re-try. Now, I've written some unfavorable blogs in my day (OK...not as many as any self- ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 16, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007

    Another Dallas Grub Rag

    Now there’s a place for your Loving Tex-Mex with Limburger recipe collection. Dallas has a new food and wine magazine: Culinary Concierge Dallas/Fort Worth, a Web-based magazine, plus a four-color dead-tree quarterly, founded by New Orleans cookbook author and food stylist Kendall Gensler in 2000. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    How 'Bout Something for the 469?

    Chef Tony Gardizi worked the kitchen for the defunct Riviera, the defunct Buddha Bar, the defunct Vino & Basso, the defunct J. Peir in Terrell and the defunct Guthrie's; he also had short stints at Hibiscus, Mi Piaci and Stephan Pyles (whom John Mariani just named Chef of the Year in the November is ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 24, 2005


    For restaurant critics, it's celebrity or credibility

  • Dining

    July 30, 1998