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Looking for good italian food within 15 mile radius of Flower Mound

flomogal Nov 26, 2009 01:48 PM

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good italian restaurant not too far from Flower Mound? Specifically, somewhere that's not too pricey and doesn't go overboard on the garlic.

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    Miss Picky RE: flomogal Nov 26, 2009 03:40 PM

    Look up Salerno's Restaurant - best Italian in Flower Mound. They have been there since forever and are always good.

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      ChristieP RE: flomogal Nov 29, 2009 05:52 PM

      Cafe Italia on Northwest Highway in Grapevine. http://maps.google.com/maps/place?sou... Not all of their entrees have tons of garlic. It is BYOB and they provide glasses and don;t charge a corkage fee!

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        vstock RE: ChristieP Nov 30, 2009 10:34 AM

        Cafe Italia appears to be opening a new location in Flower Mound as well. There is a sign in the shopping center just south of Target at 407 and 2499.

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          cafm1408 RE: vstock Jan 2, 2010 06:14 PM

          The Cafe Italia has just opened in Flower Mound, Christmas Eve I believe. I have visited the restaurant and my advice is to skip it. I have eaten at the Cafe Italia in Grapevine a few times over the years and found it to be acceptable. The FM restaurant wants to be more upscale, but falls short on the required touches for that class.
          No host/hostess in the small waiting area. Someone runs in now and then to call out a name from a list, but makes no effort to take new names. Waiting room has only two small benches on one wall, enough for four people. The waiting room was shoulder to shoulder, for almost an hour. I didn't have reservations, arrived at 6:20, so just waited. Was advised 30 minutes, it took an hour.
          The restaurant is broken up into smaller rooms. Higher ceilings and lots of people jammed in equals "way too loud for conversation". The restaurant was understaffed for a Saturday night. The waitstaff was always nearly running to keep up with the orders, basically leading to very neglectful and uneven service.
          I noticed the lack of any type of condiments on the table. No salt, pepper, red pepper, etc. leading me to believe that this restaurant's food would be perfectly seasoned. House salad came out first; house dressing, typical tomato vinaigrette. About 2/3 cup of plain lettuce with a very thin wedge of tomato on a plate. No salad fork, had to ask for bread. Received two cold slices of very ordinary bread with little packets of butter. The food finally came out. A huge white plate with two thin slices of chicken breast, about the diameter of a tennis ball. About 6 or 8 capers on top with a little sauce. The serving was dwarfed by the plate and not an acceptable quantity of food for anyone but a child. It was essentially an appetizer sized portion. On the side, a small bowl with watery, overcooked spaghetti, topped with right out of the can chunky tomatoes. I couldn't ever twirl the pasta because it was so watery. I managed to get a little bite and it was totally BLAND, no salt. AND not a salt shaker in sight. The waiter dropped off my plate and bowl and vanished. No offer of freshly grated cheese or black pepper, Nada. I took one bite of the chicken. As soon as the waiter came back to ask the next table about their food, I caught his attention. I told him to bring me the check right away. This meal was totally unacceptable to me. It was the kind of food you could get at the corner pizza place for 6.95. It was 13.95. I spoke to the manager on the way out and told him of my complaints. He said next time I came back he would take care of me. Just what I want, more bland watery spaghetti and child portions of chicken. No thanks. PS they don't take AMEX either.

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            twinwillow RE: cafm1408 Jan 2, 2010 06:38 PM

            Whoa! I'm crossing this joint off my list, for sure. Thanks for the tip. Hopefully, you didn't leave one.

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              CocoaNut RE: cafm1408 Jan 3, 2010 10:37 AM

              This was pretty much my take on the Grapevine (NW Hwy) location after one visit - I won't return for a second. It was well over a year ago and my memory has faded, but I was so non-plused by my app, I don't remember what it was. The main of ravioli in vodka sauce was incredibly bland. I was most impressed (not in a good way) with the aforementioned bread. I'm pretty sure it was the Pillsbury style you-bake-it frozen (sandwich) loafs of tasteless white bread.

              I think they've opened a new location on Hwy 26 just south of Kimball.

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                ChristieP RE: CocoaNut Jan 3, 2010 06:20 PM

                The 26 location has been there for several years now. There is also a locationon 26 in Richland Hills called Jerry's Italian Bistro that is owned by a relative.

                Personally, I find Cafe Italia's best dishes to be the Jerusalem and Carciofo. I also like the Chicken Rollatini that is usually their off-the-menu special.

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          CocoaNut RE: flomogal Jan 4, 2010 08:08 AM

          If you don't mind the drive to Grapevine, I'd suggest Amore Pasta and Pizza (NW Hwy). Family run, the food isn't going to blow your socks off, but it has been consistently very good and most affordable, offering the standard pizza and pasta dishes. Service can be less than professional, but it's never been a problem for me. Take out pizza is a big draw there (saw many people doing pick-up), so it must be good, though I've never tried it.

          I'm a garlic lover, but didn't notice it as an up-front ingredient here.

          It's BYOB. On one visit, there was a group of about 12 that had just returned from a junket to NAPA. They were obviously long time customers. The food, fun and wine were abounding.

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            COinTX RE: flomogal Jan 6, 2010 01:26 PM

            You might try checking out Parma in Lewisville off of 3040 (in a strip mall next to a Planet Tan just west of MacArthur). It's a mom & pop shop, but the food isn't made until it's ordered and always comes out hot, fresh and delicious!! Service is a little on the slow side - but worth the wait.

            1. LewisvilleHounder RE: flomogal Jan 6, 2010 02:55 PM

              I would try recommend Salerno's in Flower Mound - Cross Timbers @ 2499 (behind the Kroger)

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                OCNC RE: flomogal Jan 6, 2010 05:35 PM

                If you want authentic Italian you must go to Ferrari's Italian Villa in Grapevine. The BEST.

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                  CocoaNut RE: OCNC Jan 6, 2010 06:12 PM

                  Do tell...... It is so far off the beaten path, I never think of it when considering eating out. And when I do think of it, I'm not looking to eat out. So it goes....

                  Please expound on your experience(s) as I don't know anyone who's eaten there.

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                    ChristieP RE: OCNC Jan 7, 2010 05:54 PM

                    I was very underwhelmed by Ferrari's. WAY overpriced and the food really wasn't anything spectacular. The place was also quite loud in the main dining rooms. Maybe if you got in one of the smaller ones it would be quieter.

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                      CocoaNut RE: ChristieP Jan 8, 2010 12:43 PM

                      Thanks for your assessment.

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                        tango7000 RE: CocoaNut Jan 28, 2010 03:52 PM

                        I beg to differ... I thought Ferrari's was very good. Yes, it is pricey... but the sausage orecchiette I had and my wife's linguine pescatore were both excellent. The gelato affogato and the hazelnut mousse (separate items) paired together perfectly... these desserts were certainly as good as--in some ways better than--any I had in Italy.

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                    flomogal RE: flomogal Jan 24, 2010 03:49 PM

                    Thanks so much everybody. Ok, so here's what I've tried:

                    --Ferrari's - Absolutely loved it! Great atmosphere, great food and great service. Have been there three times already.

                    --Cafe Italia - Personally, I thought it was awful. I went to the Grapevine location and won't be giving the Flower Mound location a try. Overcooked pasta in a bowl of soupy sauce. Sauce didn't adhere to the pasta at all...a sure sign that they let the pasta sit in a pot of oily water.

                    --Salerno's - Not bad, but not great. I'm going to give this one another try (especially since Lewisville Hounder recommended it) He seems to be the Guru of ethnic foods on this board!

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                      LewisvilleHounder RE: flomogal Jan 25, 2010 08:31 AM


                      You might also try the sister restaurant of Salerno's, The Grotto. Morris Salerno seems to be the better of the chefs. He does have some items on the menu and with a call ahead I am sure he could prepare whatever you would like. I put Salernos on the list because I have tried some dishes while not spectacular are better and less garlic filled than most restaurants around the area. I have close friend of mine that has had several family meals that Morris had prepared and she said the selection was overbearing at first, but very authentic. Do some research (i.e. Culinaria Italia, is a great book, at the Flower Mound or Lewisville Library) and find a dish that appeals to you and call ahead and ask for it. If you don't have a library card yet look up Sicilian recipes/pictures


                      If I were going for Italian (which I never have since my honeymoon to Rome in 2008) I would go to Nonna on Lomo Alto and the Dallas North Tollway down in Uptown. They have the closest menu to what I saw across Italy in my trip but you have to pay for it.


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                        flomogal RE: LewisvilleHounder Jan 27, 2010 08:53 PM

                        Will try The Grotto soon and report back. I'm especially intrigued with what I've heard about Nonna's. I'll probably have to wait for a special occasion for that one.

                        I'm planning on trying Nonna Tata's in Fort Worth on Friday (for lunch). I've heard lots of good things about it. Thanks for the recommendations.

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                        OCNC RE: flomogal Apr 27, 2010 07:35 PM

                        I knew you would love Ferraris! Nothing can compare with it in Dallas. Nonna is sometimes better or worse on food but the service leave much to be desired.

                      3. twinwillow RE: flomogal Jan 25, 2010 09:14 PM

                        'Hounder, I applaud your remarks about Nonna. Because It is without a doubt, the single best Italian restaurant in Dallas!
                        And, most like what I've eaten in Italy over the years.

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                          mike23 RE: flomogal Apr 27, 2010 06:55 PM

                          You should try Cafe Italia down 2499 in flower mound. Great italian food at night they run some nice specials steak seafood chicken veal passta, very nice and friendly people work there on top of all you can bring your own wine or beer. I tried cafe italia many times before in grapevine so i tried flower mound as well thay all are on level beautifull food and great place.

                          Cafe Italia
                          505 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, TX 76051

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                            flomogal RE: mike23 Apr 27, 2010 09:30 PM

                            I appreciate the recommendation, but I can't fathom how anyone could possibly think this place is great. In my opinion, they have the worst italian food ever! Oh well, different strokes for different folks is all I have to say. Thanks anyway.

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