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A Pair of Restaurants to Watch Are Coming to Las Colinas

A French Rivera-inspired dining experience and the Ritz welcomes John Tesar and Knife

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The ‘burbs of DFW have two new and notable dining establishments on the way.
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

A little bit of Monaco is coming to Las Colinas. On September 16, Monaco Restaurant will open in the Water Street area, facing Lake Carolyn.

David Lamberti, the owner of Lamberti’s Ristorante in Irving, is opening a place that takes its influence from the French Riviera and serves New American cuisine. You can get in for the open date. However, according to a press release, it is doing a limited menu through August and will be open for lunch, brunch, and dinner starting in mid-September.

A preview of the menu includes tartare of filet, burrata, and prosciutto with housemade salsa verde; hamachi crudo made with citrus gelee, fresno, and culantro; Neapolitan pizzas including Margherita; chicken liver salad; pork boudin; Moroccan beef cheek; and the redfish marsala pictured below, served with onion marsala and wood ear mushroom on a bed of celery root puree and served with sorrel greens.

On a white plate, redfish is served with onion marsala and woodear mushroom on a bed of celery root puree and served with sorrel greens.
Redfish Marsala at Monaco Restaurant in Las Colinas.
Monaco Restaurant

Chef John Tesar was breaking news on main over the weekend to Eater Dallas. In a tweet, Tesar showed some photos of his research and development on Knife Italian, which is coming to the future Ritz Carlton at Las Colinas — a report has the group who purchased the Four Seasons replacing it with this property sometime in 2023.

Among Tesar’s creations is a lobster pizza — no surprise to anyone who read Eater Dallas’s profile of Knife Dallas, where Tesar professed his interest in bringing more seafood to the menu. Knife Italian has also been showing off some future dishes on Instagram. Highlights include toasted potato gnocchi with seaweed butter, truffle hand-rolled garganelli, and inky black bucatini.