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Aug 4, 2011 07:09 AM

Best Italian in Dallas

Hey guys, I'm new to the DFW and I always consult Chowhound for recommendations and then confirm on Yelp, but this approach isn't panning out in Dallas. It's odd, there no consistency in people's opinions in this town. Even the places with 4 stars have plenty of 1 and 2 star ratings. The most perplexing thing is a couple of the places people seem to love on this board, Nona and Momo's, have 3 1/2 star ratings.

The only real consensus is around Lucia's and I'd love to go there, but it's a little out of our price range for this weekend.

Can anyone help settle this discussion and give me the top 5 spots for Italian that never disappoint?


400 N Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75081

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  1. Do you mean real Italian food or Italian American food?

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    1. re: Scagnetti

      Hmm, I love both. Either way, I'm looking for great food with plenty of flavor and plenty on the plate :)

    2. Good question Scagnetti!
      As far as I'm concerned, Nonna and Lucia are the only real (true) Italian restaurants in Dallas.
      But, Taverna can be very good at times.
      However, I'm sure others here will offer differing opinions.

      And God help anyone who names Olive Garden as the best Italian!

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        1. re: Scagnetti

          Funny! Farnatchi is more (but, good) Middle Eastern than Italian. I will say, their pizza is pretty good but my favorite is their Turkish pizza with extra Turkish spices. And I like their cheese stuffed burger. All far from Italian. Unless you call it Turkish-Italian.

      1. Dallas proper, it'd be Nonna or Lucia. In all DFW, Nonna Tata by a long shot. Keiichi gets an honorable mention too especially for bang for the buck.

        PS: better move to use Yelp to weed out the noise, then use CH to confirm!

        Nonna Tata
        1400 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

        500 N Elm St, Denton, TX 76201

        1. My house!

          Seriously, though...if you are from the Northeast, then there is NO good, moderately priced Italian in Dallas. If you are from Chicago, same answer. If you are from Tennessee, any place containing the word "Joe's" should suffice.

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          1. re: tonybites

            Totally agree! I've always said, the best (American) Italian food is at my house. Sunday meat and gravy, Clams posillipo, shrimp oreganata, veal parm, veal cutlet Milanese, and, the best baked ziti Tony Soprano ever ate. Eh, paesan?

            1. re: twinwillow


              Off to buy some gabbagool now...that list made me hungry.

              1. re: tonybites

                Ok, it's settled. Dinner party on yous guys Saturday!

                1. re: GoodLifeDiet

                  I loved the scene from Goodfella's when they were in the can and Paulie was slicing the garlic with a Gem razor blade. Can't eat until he brings the bread.

                2. re: tonybites

                  Ahh, Hot gabbagool. Tony Soprano's favorite. I'm sure you know the beaten path to Jimmy's. But, according to a recent topic here, I don't think they sell "hot" gabbagool.

                  1. re: twinwillow

                    I have the good fortune of working a few blocks from Jimmy's...I don't think I've ever seen the hot stuff there...but Central Market has the best cold cuts IMO.

                    1. re: tonybites

                      My favorite ham from CM is the Principe (brand) truffled ham imported from French speaking Canada.

                      1. re: twinwillow

                        I'll check that out! Sounds awesome.

            2. Think about the Italian Club of Dallas. They serve meals at their "clubhouse" (not sure what to call it) in North Dallas/Addison on Inwood Road, just south of Beltline. I have only been for lunch, where you get soup, salad, pasta, and entree for $14 (some about less for less courses, but the portions are appropriate for lunch time). The guys are Italian and they are proud of their food. I have read about big family style dinners that they do on fridays and Pizza and anti-pasti nights on Wednesdays I think. I want to try one of those meals out.