Rocco Milano

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    December 12, 2013

    Every Dallas Bartender You've Heard of Is About to Get You Drunk at Once

    Your poor liver. If the slew of holiday parties you've been guilted into attending have you desperately needing a night off, you should avert your eyes, close this window or otherwise prevent yourself from reading one more line in this post. This Sunday, bartenders from Dallas and Fort Worth bars ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Barter, the Restaurant That Took Over the Former Private Social, Opens Today

    Barter will open today in the old Private|Social location on McKinney Avenue, after holding a soft opening over the weekend. The owners claim Barter will celebrate the cuisine of Dallas, and Andrew Dilda, who previously worked at Time Love's Woodshed Smokehouse, is taking charge of the kitchen. Dil ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Private|Social's Awesome Texas Food Menu Was Not Enough

    Rumors of Private Social's closing have been fluttering around the Internet all weekend. They started with a short and unsubstantiated post on Crave DFW. "An inside source claims that Private Social will be closing permanently after the last shift this evening," it said. On Sunday chef Najat Kaana ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Checking Out Private|Social's Awesome Texas Food Menu

    Two weeks ago Private|Social announced a new direction on their Facebook page. Edible art was out, and "awesome Texas food" was in. A subsequent news release said the restaurant was looking to embrace a menu with a lower price point and more approachable food. See also: - Rocco Milano on the Chang ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Private|Social Hosting Free Event To Showcase New Menu and Concept

    A few more details about the new concept rolling out at Private|Social were unveiled Friday. A news release announced a free event that will showcase some of the menu items chef Najat Kaanache will feature on the new Texas-themed menu. See also: Rocco Milano on the Changes at Private|Social "Burly ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Rocco Milano on the Changes at Private|Social

    Private|Social, or P|S, or whatever it's called now has been a shifty restaurant as of late. After Tiffany Derry left the kitchen at the start of the year, Najat Kaanache was announced as the follow-on chef. Kaanache brought global flavors and a whimsical approach to the menu that didn't impress Les ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Private Social Turns One, And Now You Can Leave The Ear Plugs at Home

    Just over a year ago last September, Private Social opened to a red carpet affair and the adulation of Dallas diners. A review printed weeks later in The Dallas Morning News agreed with the public and chef Tiffany Derry earned four stars despite a mention of the deafening dining room. Subsequent re ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    At the Windmill Last Night, Dallas Bartenders Got Amped for New Orleans' Tales of the Cocktail

    Tales of the Cocktail will kick of its tenth year this July in New Orleans, and in addition to drawing professionals from around it's catering specifically to Texas bartenders. Ann Teunnerman, the founder of the growing cocktail gathering, hosted the event. Next she's headed to subsequent events i ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Dallas' Best Cocktail Wizards Threw Down at the Dram, and the Porch Won the Day

    The Dram, the local chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild and Campari recently teamed up for a cocktail competition showcasing many of Dallas' finest bartenders. The game: to create an aperitif -- that is, a drink meant to be enjoyed prior to a meal -- featuring Campari, an Italian liqueur ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Drink This: French Shandy at Private Social, Plus Other Springtime Elixirs

    It would seem that spring is (kind of) here; the patios are packed, my thermostat has officially made the switch from heat to cool and all the grass is a lovely shade of emerald, at least until a freak snowstorm hits a week from now and life as we know it comes to a grinding halt. (And obviously I ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Has Anyone Seen My Toddy?

    ​'Tis the season for cliche. I could do with fewer references to chilly weather and the warming bowls of soup I'm reading on food blogs lately. How about booze? How about hot booze? That's the stuff to warm up with. Observer bar-and-clubs guru Daniel Hopkins came to my office this morning to ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Food & Wine Doesn't Like Dallas' Bars

    Make it a strong one... Dallas got no love​Food & Wine anointed the country's 50 best bars in its latest issue. The list, featuring swanky cocktail dens that pour upscale drinks, leans heavily on New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C.. Texas received mention for only one bar ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Private, Social, Drunk: Rocco Milano, Mansion Expat, Has His New Bar Humming

    FacebookHum: Now being served at Private Social.​Private Social bar manager Rocco Milano is like a young redheaded Santa, ready to grant all your alcoholic Christmas wishes, or maybe the fourth Wise Man, bearing obscure aperitifs and rare scotches in place of frankincense and myrrh. Perched ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    The State Of The Sazerac in Dallas

    Sorry it's so blurry. My camera drank a Sazerac.​ I was called out on Twitter after posting a rehash of Playboy's Never Sleep:Dallas -- a guide to drinking away a Saturday in the Big D. I picked on the magazine for ordering a Manhattan, and Twitter user philipberne scoffed: Also, @scottreitz, ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    October's Openings and Closings from the Dallas Restaurant Scene

    As summer comes to an end, a number of restaurants have opened and closed their doors. In-N-Out Burger continued its Texas growth with an Arlington location late last month. Lover's Lane Olive Oil Company expanded from its flagship store, Grapevine Olive Oil Company, and set up shop on West Lovers L ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Rolling Out The Red, It's Party Time At Private Social

    ​There will be people watching at Private Social tonight. A private VIP party planned as a precursor to tomorrow's grand opening, promises a red carpet and a number of local and National stars. Tony Romo and his wife are listed as attendees, confirming collapsed lung-age is no big thing--if he ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Rocco's Last Stand: After One Last Night, the Mansion Bar Mixologist Leaves for Private Social

    Rosemont website​You could hear the soft sounds of Mr. Pink the second you broke the seal on the restaurant's front door. No need to ask for directions, just follow the music and you'll find the party. The Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek is a polished place, but this weekend several variables ... More >>