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19 Essential DFW Italian Restaurants

From old-school red sauce joints to sleek newcomers, these Italian eateries have it all

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There’s nothing more comforting than enjoying a giant bowl of pasta paired with red wine. Despite Dallas’s reputation as a city that could do a little bit better in the Italian cuisine department, the city still has plenty of excellent options to satisfy a craving for pasta lacquered in red sauce, towering lasagna, and so much more.

At each of these 19 essential Dallas Italian restaurants, a variety of cuisines and price points await. Go forth, and eat as much lasagna as humanly possible.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Terra

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8687 N Central Expy #2172
Dallas, TX 75231
(469) 759-2800
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One of the newest Italian spots on this list, Terra resides inside what is surely the largest. Eataly Dallas opened up at Northpark Center a year into the pandemic, complete with this open-air restaurant with wood-grilled proteins, house-made pasta (naturally), a head-turning gelato cart and more.

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2. Aventino's

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5800 Lovell Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 570-7940
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Open in Fort Worth since 1982, Aventino’s is a local legend. Make the drive to Cowtown for Italian fare that’s comforting without being heavy, like cheesy tortellini soup, shrimp scampi, and veal Florentine.

3. Lucia

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408 W Eighth St #101
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 948-4998
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Chef David Uygur’s Bishop Arts restaurant has earned a loyal following of devoted diners since opening in 2010. It remains one of the city’s hardest tables to score, thanks to pitch-perfect charcuterie and more rustic Italian fare. The menu changes frequently, and being adventurous is definitely recommended.

4. Saint Rocco's New York Italian

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3011 Gulden Ln #100
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 320-9707
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A restaurant that calls itself New York Italian brings a different kind of attitude to the table. Big, bold and red all over, Saint Rocco’s, led by chef Jay Valley is no quiet intimate spot. With a patio featuring stunning views of downtown, a huge space perfect for rehearsal dinners or banquets, and a dining room full of folks celebrating something, Saint Rocco’s is a fun spot to twirl a fork.

5. PaneVino Osteria

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5000 Belt Line Rd #300
Dallas, TX 75254
(469) 677-1536
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Tucked into an Addison strip mall, PaneVino Osteria is a welcome respite from the nearby glut of restaurant chains. In its welcoming, unpretentious space, find excellent wines, scratch-made rigatoni in spicy pork ragu, and lobster fra diavolo over fettuccini.

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6. The Charles

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1632 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(469) 917-9000
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The Charles impresses diners with its modern, Italian-influenced dishes like olive oil poached halibut, ricotta gnudi with hazelnuts and brown butter honey, and a lush fennel-crusted pork blade chop.

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7. Adelmo's Ristorante

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5450 W Lovers Ln #225
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 559-0325
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For over 25 years and through two moves, Adelmo’s has been serving classic Italian food to Dallasites who know. Nightly specials, a rotating wine list and at their new location on Lovers Lane, a lovely patio, mean there’s always a reason to come back soon.

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8. Kenny's Italian Kitchen

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5100 Belt Line Rd #764
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 661-9380
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In addition to the ice cold Grey Goose vodka on tap, this Addison Italian eatery entices diners with delicious and reasonably-priced baked ziti, chicken marsala, linguini with clams, and more.

9. Sprezza

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4010 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 807-9388
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Another Barsotti restaurant and a local favorite since opening in 2016, this simple neighborhood spot for pizza, pasta, wine and dessert is pretty close to perfect. Bonus? Kids eat free with entree purchase.

10. Nonna

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4115 Lomo Alto Dr
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-1800
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The first restaurant of chef Julian Barsotti’s dining empire, Nonna has served some of Highland Park’s finest Italian fare since 2006. Stunning entrees like white clam pizza, ricotta-stuffed tortellini in upland cress pesto, and ribbons of pasta doused in egg yolk, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Alba white truffles await.

11. Fachini

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33a, Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 838-9688
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In this chic Highland Park restaurant, find decadent Italian fare from celebrated chef Julian Barsotti. Kick off dinner with baked clams Antoine or eggplant rollatini, then dig into heartier, more indulgent options like 100-layer lasagna or rigatoni in vodka sauce.

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12. Carbone's

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4208 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-4208
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A Dallas favorite since it opened, Carbone’s is the spot for freshly-made pasta tossed in Sunday gravy, veal parmigiana, and spaghetti with meatballs. Finish dinner with tiramisu or cannoli.

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13. Partenope Ristorante

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1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 463-6222
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Partenope is an award-winning, Neapolitan pizza spot with handmade Italian pastas, craft cocktails and a beautiful interior, including pizza ovens plastered with hand-made tiles imported from Italy.

14. Taverna

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3312 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-9933
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Restaurateur Alberto Lombardi opened the first outpost of this now-chain risotteria in Dallas, where it’s remained a Knox-Henderson favorite. Risotto is, of course, an excellent option here, perhaps a bowl topped with burrata and crispy prosciutto?

15. Jimmy's Food Store

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4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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At this East Dallas legend, score killer sandwiches, wine, cream-filled cannoli, and more goodness straight from Italy. In addition to the prepared items, find a bounty of Italian groceries and a case packed with enough cured meats to satisfy any charcuterie junkie.

16. Campisi's

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5610 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-0355
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Serving Italian fare in Dallas since 1946, Campisi’s is a Dallas dining icon. Hit the original location on Mockingbird Lane for a heaping dose of nostalgia in the form of cheese-topped garlic bread, shrimp scampi, and homemade ravioli in red sauce.

17. Roman Cucina

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7989 Belt Line Rd #315
Dallas, TX 75248
(972) 716-9950
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No-frills Italian fare is the name of the game at this Addison favorite, where a plate of chicken parmigiana is priced at than less than $15. Feeling like a little splurge? Consider the langostino a fuoco, or lobster in a spicy tomato-cream sauce.

18. Terilli's

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2815 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-3993
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Part of Dallas’s dining landscape since 1985, Terilli’s was forced to relocate from its original home after a devastating 2010 fire. The restaurant rose from the ashes in 2012, and has since served its classic Caesar salad and shrimp scampi to hordes of adoring diners.

19. MoMo Italian Kitchen

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8989 Forest Ln #130
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 234-6800
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Head to Momo Italian Kitchen on Forest to find a hidden gem of a spot, offering great happy hour specials, northern Italian favorites and likely some neighbors just hanging out at the bar.

1. Terra

8687 N Central Expy #2172, Dallas, TX 75231
Mushroom Pasta at Terra
Photo by Rachel Pinn

One of the newest Italian spots on this list, Terra resides inside what is surely the largest. Eataly Dallas opened up at Northpark Center a year into the pandemic, complete with this open-air restaurant with wood-grilled proteins, house-made pasta (naturally), a head-turning gelato cart and more.

8687 N Central Expy #2172
Dallas, TX 75231

2. Aventino's

5800 Lovell Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Open in Fort Worth since 1982, Aventino’s is a local legend. Make the drive to Cowtown for Italian fare that’s comforting without being heavy, like cheesy tortellini soup, shrimp scampi, and veal Florentine.

5800 Lovell Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76107

3. Lucia

408 W Eighth St #101, Dallas, TX 75208

Chef David Uygur’s Bishop Arts restaurant has earned a loyal following of devoted diners since opening in 2010. It remains one of the city’s hardest tables to score, thanks to pitch-perfect charcuterie and more rustic Italian fare. The menu changes frequently, and being adventurous is definitely recommended.

408 W Eighth St #101
Dallas, TX 75208

4. Saint Rocco's New York Italian

3011 Gulden Ln #100, Dallas, TX 75212

A restaurant that calls itself New York Italian brings a different kind of attitude to the table. Big, bold and red all over, Saint Rocco’s, led by chef Jay Valley is no quiet intimate spot. With a patio featuring stunning views of downtown, a huge space perfect for rehearsal dinners or banquets, and a dining room full of folks celebrating something, Saint Rocco’s is a fun spot to twirl a fork.

3011 Gulden Ln #100
Dallas, TX 75212

5. PaneVino Osteria

5000 Belt Line Rd #300, Dallas, TX 75254

Tucked into an Addison strip mall, PaneVino Osteria is a welcome respite from the nearby glut of restaurant chains. In its welcoming, unpretentious space, find excellent wines, scratch-made rigatoni in spicy pork ragu, and lobster fra diavolo over fettuccini.

5000 Belt Line Rd #300
Dallas, TX 75254

6. The Charles

1632 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
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The Charles impresses diners with its modern, Italian-influenced dishes like olive oil poached halibut, ricotta gnudi with hazelnuts and brown butter honey, and a lush fennel-crusted pork blade chop.

1632 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

7. Adelmo's Ristorante

5450 W Lovers Ln #225, Dallas, TX 75209
Antipasti at Adelmo’s Ristaurante
via Adelmos.com

For over 25 years and through two moves, Adelmo’s has been serving classic Italian food to Dallasites who know. Nightly specials, a rotating wine list and at their new location on Lovers Lane, a lovely patio, mean there’s always a reason to come back soon.

5450 W Lovers Ln #225
Dallas, TX 75209

8. Kenny's Italian Kitchen

5100 Belt Line Rd #764, Dallas, TX 75254

In addition to the ice cold Grey Goose vodka on tap, this Addison Italian eatery entices diners with delicious and reasonably-priced baked ziti, chicken marsala, linguini with clams, and more.

5100 Belt Line Rd #764
Dallas, TX 75254

9. Sprezza

4010 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Another Barsotti restaurant and a local favorite since opening in 2016, this simple neighborhood spot for pizza, pasta, wine and dessert is pretty close to perfect. Bonus? Kids eat free with entree purchase.

4010 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Nonna

4115 Lomo Alto Dr, Dallas, TX 75219

The first restaurant of chef Julian Barsotti’s dining empire, Nonna has served some of Highland Park’s finest Italian fare since 2006. Stunning entrees like white clam pizza, ricotta-stuffed tortellini in upland cress pesto, and ribbons of pasta doused in egg yolk, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Alba white truffles await.

4115 Lomo Alto Dr
Dallas, TX 75219

11. Fachini

33a, Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
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In this chic Highland Park restaurant, find decadent Italian fare from celebrated chef Julian Barsotti. Kick off dinner with baked clams Antoine or eggplant rollatini, then dig into heartier, more indulgent options like 100-layer lasagna or rigatoni in vodka sauce.

33a, Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205

12. Carbone's

4208 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

A Dallas favorite since it opened, Carbone’s is the spot for freshly-made pasta tossed in Sunday gravy, veal parmigiana, and spaghetti with meatballs. Finish dinner with tiramisu or cannoli.

4208 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

13. Partenope Ristorante

1903 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

Partenope is an award-winning, Neapolitan pizza spot with handmade Italian pastas, craft cocktails and a beautiful interior, including pizza ovens plastered with hand-made tiles imported from Italy.

1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

14. Taverna

3312 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205

Restaurateur Alberto Lombardi opened the first outpost of this now-chain risotteria in Dallas, where it’s remained a Knox-Henderson favorite. Risotto is, of course, an excellent option here, perhaps a bowl topped with burrata and crispy prosciutto?

3312 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

15. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206

At this East Dallas legend, score killer sandwiches, wine, cream-filled cannoli, and more goodness straight from Italy. In addition to the prepared items, find a bounty of Italian groceries and a case packed with enough cured meats to satisfy any charcuterie junkie.

4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206

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16. Campisi's

5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

Serving Italian fare in Dallas since 1946, Campisi’s is a Dallas dining icon. Hit the original location on Mockingbird Lane for a heaping dose of nostalgia in the form of cheese-topped garlic bread, shrimp scampi, and homemade ravioli in red sauce.

5610 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

17. Roman Cucina

7989 Belt Line Rd #315, Dallas, TX 75248

No-frills Italian fare is the name of the game at this Addison favorite, where a plate of chicken parmigiana is priced at than less than $15. Feeling like a little splurge? Consider the langostino a fuoco, or lobster in a spicy tomato-cream sauce.

7989 Belt Line Rd #315
Dallas, TX 75248

18. Terilli's

2815 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Part of Dallas’s dining landscape since 1985, Terilli’s was forced to relocate from its original home after a devastating 2010 fire. The restaurant rose from the ashes in 2012, and has since served its classic Caesar salad and shrimp scampi to hordes of adoring diners.

2815 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

19. MoMo Italian Kitchen

8989 Forest Ln #130, Dallas, TX 75243

Head to Momo Italian Kitchen on Forest to find a hidden gem of a spot, offering great happy hour specials, northern Italian favorites and likely some neighbors just hanging out at the bar.

8989 Forest Ln #130
Dallas, TX 75243

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