Nonna (Dallas) Current Menu
Going on Saturday for the first time -- any items on the current menu that are not to be missed? Their website still lists the winter menu.
The white pizza with Littleneck Clams. Depending on who is joining you, you might want to order like my husband and I do. One app/salad, the aforementioned pizza, and one entree, all to share. Delish!
Well, we had a great meal. Nonna is such a pleasant experience, and we did the "sharing" thing -- basically, one item from each menu category shared between the two of us. Our waiter was very accomodating/encouraging of this. For salumi, salad, and pizza we shared one plate, but for pasta and entree they plated the portions separately. The portions are all relatively small, but the prices felt appropriate, and we were able to have such a nice, leisurely, multi-course, social type of meal this way. I was impressed with the unique and reasonably priced wine list, too. Our dishes:
Salumi -- Texas Prosciutto and Peaches -- very simple, just delicious local ingredients.
Salad -- Grilled Romaine, avocado, and pancetta -- awesome flavors, just perfect.
Pizza -- white clam -- dang, this is good. A little spicy, which I wasn't expecting.
Pasta -- Strozzapreti with veal meatballs -- good but not great; very satisfying, but not earth-shattering. At minimum, Nonna will introduce all of us to some lesser-known shapes of pasta!
Entree -- snapper with fresh salsa, tomatoes, and peas; hate to say, this was a little bland, but very fresh and light.
Desserts -- Sticky toffee pudding (just okay, a little dry) and praline semifreddo (excellent).
The espresso and cappucino were excellent, too.
I think that this restaurant is an example of the "whole" being better than the sum of the parts. I can't say that every dish was perfect, but there is a lot to like about the experience, and there are definitely lots of other dishes on the menu to entice me to come back (especially at different times of year -- there was a veal saltimbocca that sounded awesome, but we were in a white wine/lighter food vibe last night; we were reimagining a winter meal with a big bottle of red wine that would have been equally satisfying).
The menu changes nightly, so it's hard to know what your options will be. The white pizza is almost always available, but I don't think it's the best choice. In my opinion, the rich sauce is not well suited for such a light, crisp crust. The pastas are all wonderful and I love the grilled romaine salad. Really, though, you can't go wrong.
Some day I am going to have to give Nonna another try. My first and only experience there was probably about a year ago and was underwhelming enough that I haven't been back.