[DFW] Best traditional Italian food?
I have a dilemma - I hope you Chowhounds can help!
My grandparents are coming into town from California. Their favorite food is Italian, but every place I've tried to bring them in the past few years has been too eclectic for them.
Ideally, I'd like to find a place that's quiet, and has all the old standards (MUST have Veal) - but very well done, and VERY attentive service (My grandmother will be much more accepting of a restaurant if she is treated like a queen).
I'd like it to be a bit fancier than "Two Guys from Italy", but I don't want to break the bank either since this will be a large group (so no Bice). I'm open to a chain as long as it's good.
They used to love Il Sorrento, so if there are any places similar, that would be ideal.
Being part Italian myslef hasn't helped me much in finding Dallas restos like you describe but here goes:
I haven't been to this place yet but I've read nothing but good things about it and it's run by someone who knows what he's doing.
Alessio's il Ristorante
4801 Bryan St
Good food and service in a nice room. It plays to the Parkie crowd and has been in business for a long time, always a good sign.
4514 Travis St., Suite 201
I've not been to this place but it looks like it's got potential.
2222 McKinney Ave
Never had a bad meal here and the service has always been good but it can be busy and a little noisy.
11661 Preston Road
Been here twice recently and it's still a good dining experience with that Lower Greenville vibe.
2815 Greenville Ave
Places to avoid: Buca di Peppo, Cafe Italia, Campisi's, Carrabba's, Dolce Oliva, Nero's, Prego