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The corner booth and a sampling of the dishes at Sfuzzi on Henderson.
Kathy Tran

16 Essential DFW Italian Restaurants

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

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The corner booth and a sampling of the dishes at Sfuzzi on Henderson.
| Kathy Tran

There’s nothing more comforting than enjoying a giant bowl of pasta paired with red wine. A slew of new Italian places have opened in the city over the past year, and there are still plenty of old school spots to satisfy a craving for pasta lacquered in red sauce, towering lasagna, and so much more.

At each of these 16 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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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 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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Get the feel of Little Italy in Dallas. 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 North Dallas 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. 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 in-the-know Dallasites. Nightly specials, a rotating wine list, and now in a location at Lovers Lane with a lovely patio — there is always a reason to come back.

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5. Campisi's

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5610 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-0355
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With all the new Italian spots opening up, don’t forget to revisit this Dallas dining icon that has been serving Italian fare since 1946. Hit the original location on Mockingbird Lane for cheese-topped garlic bread, shrimp scampi, and homemade ravioli in red sauce.

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 ever since. Risotto is, of course, an excellent option here, get the bowl topped with burrata and crispy prosciutto. There’s also a long list of gluten-free options.

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, tortellini di ricotta, and Gulf red snapper with roasted squash, chickpeas, and salsa verde.

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, the original Carbone’s is the spot for freshly-made pasta tossed in Sunday gravy, veal parmigiana, and spaghetti with meatballs. Finish dinner with cannoli.

10. Sfuzzi

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2401 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 804-1313
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A favorite Dallas restaurant from the ‘80s, early ‘90s, and some of the 2010s makes like a cat with nine lives by coming back one more time. Bask in the red-light interiors (so ‘80s) but enjoy the chicken parmesan sans breadcrumbs — it’s made with a parmesan cheese crust (so now, and so gluten-free). Then there’s the sausage, caramelized onion, and roasted peppers pizza, made with sausage from Jimmy’s Italian. It’s also one of the few Italian spots in town to serve brunch, including its breakfast pizza from the ‘90s.

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 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. Have a glass of wine while you shop.

12. Carbone Dallas

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1617 Hi Line Dr Suite 395
Dallas, TX 75207
(469) 290-6009
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Mario Carbone spent years trying to open an outpost in Dallas. Now that he has, it’s the reservation everyone is fighting to get, thanks to a high profile opening. When you do get in, and you will, all the classic red sauce options are available but there are some adventurous options also. Try the trio of prosciutto with freshly-made mozzarella, the ink squid ravioli with lobster both inside the pasta and in the sauce, and save room for the lemony cheesecake.

13. 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 such as grilled halibut, ricotta gnudi with hazelnuts and brown butter honey, and a lush fennel-crusted pork blade chop.

14. 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.

15. Lucia

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287 N Bishop Ave
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 — and a terrifically intimate dining room. The menu changes frequently, and seeking guidance from the staff is recommended.

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A table at Lucia in Bishop Arts.
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16. 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, such as foccacia mozzarella, 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 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

Get the feel of Little Italy in Dallas. 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 North Dallas 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. 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 in-the-know Dallasites. Nightly specials, a rotating wine list, and now in a location at Lovers Lane with a lovely patio — there is always a reason to come back.

5450 W Lovers Ln #225
Dallas, TX 75209

5. Campisi's

5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

With all the new Italian spots opening up, don’t forget to revisit this Dallas dining icon that has been serving Italian fare since 1946. Hit the original location on Mockingbird Lane for cheese-topped garlic bread, shrimp scampi, and homemade ravioli in red sauce.

5610 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

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 ever since. Risotto is, of course, an excellent option here, get the bowl topped with burrata and crispy prosciutto. There’s also a long list of gluten-free options.

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, tortellini di ricotta, and Gulf red snapper with roasted squash, chickpeas, and salsa verde.

4115 Lomo Alto Dr
Dallas, TX 75219

9. Carbone's

4208 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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

4208 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Sfuzzi

2401 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

A favorite Dallas restaurant from the ‘80s, early ‘90s, and some of the 2010s makes like a cat with nine lives by coming back one more time. Bask in the red-light interiors (so ‘80s) but enjoy the chicken parmesan sans breadcrumbs — it’s made with a parmesan cheese crust (so now, and so gluten-free). Then there’s the sausage, caramelized onion, and roasted peppers pizza, made with sausage from Jimmy’s Italian. It’s also one of the few Italian spots in town to serve brunch, including its breakfast pizza from the ‘90s.

2401 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

11. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75206

At this East Dallas legend, score 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. Have a glass of wine while you shop.

4901 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Carbone Dallas

1617 Hi Line Dr Suite 395, Dallas, TX 75207

Mario Carbone spent years trying to open an outpost in Dallas. Now that he has, it’s the reservation everyone is fighting to get, thanks to a high profile opening. When you do get in, and you will, all the classic red sauce options are available but there are some adventurous options also. Try the trio of prosciutto with freshly-made mozzarella, the ink squid ravioli with lobster both inside the pasta and in the sauce, and save room for the lemony cheesecake.

1617 Hi Line Dr Suite 395
Dallas, TX 75207

13. The Charles

1632 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

The Charles impresses diners with its modern, Italian-influenced dishes such as grilled 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. 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

15. Lucia

287 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
A table with peeling painted chairs sits in front of a bookcase full of old books, with walls and shelves painted teal.
A table at Lucia in Bishop Arts.
Emily Loving

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 — and a terrifically intimate dining room. The menu changes frequently, and seeking guidance from the staff is recommended.

287 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

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16. 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, such as foccacia mozzarella, shrimp scampi, and veal Florentine.

5800 Lovell Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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