Dallas' Italian food scene could use a boost, especially after the closure this year of 50-year-old home-cooking classic Pietro's. A series of new openings focusing on housemade pasta and Mediterranean vegetables is a welcome development, and one such newcomer, Sassetta, is off to a promising start. The wine list, all Italian and loaded with interesting varietals and neat bargains, is a joy, with a number of tempting by-the-glass options. The generous glass pours accompany can't-go-wrong salads such as one combining arugula, mushrooms, shaved Parmesan and a lemon vinaigrette. But Sassetta's best feature is its pizzas, which have crisp, bubbly thin crusts and toppings that don't go overkill. Sassetta is new, but we're excited to see how it develops.
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