Openings and Closings

Newly Renovated Sassetta to Reopen at The Joule Hotel

Ricotta agnolotti
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The Italian eatery Sassetta will finally reopen in The Joule hotel with renovations now complete.

Sassetta originally opened in 2017 in the Design District but closed at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic and never reopened. In partnership with Headington Cos. and The Joule, Sassetta has moved to the ground floor of the hotel and will take over the spot held that was previously Americano.
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The interior of Sassetta 2.0 was designed by ELLE Decor A-list designer Jean Liu.
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The design of Sassetta has been reimagined, taking inspiration from the Italian region of Tuscany. Envisioned by ELLE Decor A-List designer Jean Liu, Sassetta's reopening press release boasts a relaxed, yet highly-refined setting for patrons at the restaurant.

“We sought to emphasize the connection to Italy’s rich history through specific design elements, like the terrazzo bathroom flooring, vibrant colors, and curated collections of artwork and dining pieces by skilled artisans,” Liu explains in the press release. “The end result is something that feels familiar yet elevated in a subtle and sophisticated way.”

Chef Jason Zygmont has created the new menu offering handcrafted pasta, house-cured meats, seafood and thin-crust pizzas. Also on the menu will be creative interpretations of modern and regional Italian cuisine and even some homages to Americano. A collection of wines will complement the menu, along with Amari and simple, straightforward Italian cocktails.

Zygmont joined the Sassetta team in December and is hailed for his award-winning agnolotti dish. Zygmont moved from Nashville to Dallas and previously worked as a sous chef at Per Se in New York City and as chef de partie at Noma, a restaurant in Denmark that has received three Michelin stars.
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Tagliatelle bolognese
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“The culinary scene in Dallas is exploding, and I’m excited to be joining this thriving food culture,” Zygmont said. “It’s clear that Sassetta initially struck such a chord here because of the quality of food and the beautifully designed space — no doubt this iteration is going to impress in a similar, yet new way.”

Italian restaurants are having a moment in Dallas with the arrivals of La Stella, Fiatto and Carbone Dallas, which is opening where Sassetta formerly was. The reopening of Sassetta downtown, not far from Partenope, will add even more Italian food in the area for pasta and pizza lovers.

Sassetta opens on April 8 and will initially be open for dinner and private events only, with lunch to follow soon. Complimentary valet is available at The Joule for 90 minutes, it's $10 after. 

Sassetta, 1530 Main St. (Downtown), 5-10 p.m. Tuesday—Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday - Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.
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Chance Townsend is the Dallas Observer's food intern for spring 2022. He's a grad student at UNT, and his favorite time of the day is unlimited mimosa brunch. If he's not writing about food then he's probably in the kitchen cooking it.

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