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18 Essential DFW Italian Restaurants

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

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This time of year, 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 18 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. 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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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Fachini

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33a, Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 838-9688
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A relative newcomer to Dallas’s Italian cuisine, Fachini is also one of its finest. 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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6. 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?

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 creste pasta tossed in Sunday gravy, veal parmigiana, and spaghetti with meatballs. Finish dinner with tiramisu or cannoli.

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10. Parigi Restaurant

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3311 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-0295
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Chef Janice Provost’s Oak Lawn restaurant has been open in Dallas for upwards of 25 years, and a constantly-changing menu has kept the fare at Parigi fresh. Local produce goes into dishes like portobello mushroom fries served with truffled buttermilk cream, fresh pasta in wild boar bolognese, and pizza topped with butternut squash and Italian turkey sausage.

11. 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.

12. Sassetta

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1617 Hi Line Dr #390
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 307-5690
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This chic Design District eatery bears no resemblance to classic red sauce joints with its sleek interior, and the menu is decidedly more modern. Feast on charred octopus with cauliflower and salsa verde, pizza topped with caramelized onion and bacon, or freshly-made pasta like spaghetti with shrimp, pistachio, and Fresno chile.

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13. The Charles

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1632 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(469) 917-9000
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The newest Italian restaurant on this map, The Charles immediately impressed 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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14. Cane Rosso

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2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1188
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This pizzeria is certfied by Vera Pizza Napolitana, the official governing body of Neapolitan-style pizza, so you know it’s legit. These thin pies are topped with primo meats and imported cheeses, then fired quickly in a ripping hot oven. Try the Ella, topped with hot sopressata and fresh mozzarella, or the beloved Delia, topped with spicy bacon marmalade and roasted tomatoes.

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15. Americano

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4600
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The people-watching on this Downtown restaurant’s patio is almost as compelling as the food. Swing by for brunch on a nice day and enjoy dishes like breakfast pizza topped with Calabrian chili sausage, eggs in puttanesca sauce, or French toast made with ciabatta.

16. 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.

17. Macellaio Dallas

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287 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 685-9150
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Not too far away from its sister restaurant Lucia, Macellaio serves as a much more accessible entry point into the cuisine of chef David Uygur. Sip Aperol spritzes in the welcoming space, then enjoy a selection of chef-selected charcuterie (the options change frequently), confited duck tongues served with French onion dip, and whole-roasted branzino wrapped in fig leaves.

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18. 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.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Fachini

33a, Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
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A relative newcomer to Dallas’s Italian cuisine, Fachini is also one of its finest. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Carbone's

4208 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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

4208 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Parigi Restaurant

3311 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Chef Janice Provost’s Oak Lawn restaurant has been open in Dallas for upwards of 25 years, and a constantly-changing menu has kept the fare at Parigi fresh. Local produce goes into dishes like portobello mushroom fries served with truffled buttermilk cream, fresh pasta in wild boar bolognese, and pizza topped with butternut squash and Italian turkey sausage.

3311 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

11. 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

12. Sassetta

1617 Hi Line Dr #390, Dallas, TX 75207
Sassetta/Facebook

This chic Design District eatery bears no resemblance to classic red sauce joints with its sleek interior, and the menu is decidedly more modern. Feast on charred octopus with cauliflower and salsa verde, pizza topped with caramelized onion and bacon, or freshly-made pasta like spaghetti with shrimp, pistachio, and Fresno chile.

1617 Hi Line Dr #390
Dallas, TX 75207

13. The Charles

1632 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
The Charles Dallas/Facebook

The newest Italian restaurant on this map, The Charles immediately impressed 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

14. Cane Rosso

2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Cane Rosso’s pizza game is real.
Cane Rosso/Facebook

This pizzeria is certfied by Vera Pizza Napolitana, the official governing body of Neapolitan-style pizza, so you know it’s legit. These thin pies are topped with primo meats and imported cheeses, then fired quickly in a ripping hot oven. Try the Ella, topped with hot sopressata and fresh mozzarella, or the beloved Delia, topped with spicy bacon marmalade and roasted tomatoes.

2612 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

15. Americano

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

The people-watching on this Downtown restaurant’s patio is almost as compelling as the food. Swing by for brunch on a nice day and enjoy dishes like breakfast pizza topped with Calabrian chili sausage, eggs in puttanesca sauce, or French toast made with ciabatta.

1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

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16. 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

17. Macellaio Dallas

287 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Kathy Tran/Eater

Not too far away from its sister restaurant Lucia, Macellaio serves as a much more accessible entry point into the cuisine of chef David Uygur. Sip Aperol spritzes in the welcoming space, then enjoy a selection of chef-selected charcuterie (the options change frequently), confited duck tongues served with French onion dip, and whole-roasted branzino wrapped in fig leaves.

287 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

18. 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

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