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Parents need help! Best Italian restos in Dallas?

BAFU Nov 27, 2011 06:36 AM

My folks just moved to Dallas and are looking for a good/decent Italian place where they can satisfy their cravings. As long as it's a good place, not fancy or frou-frou (or a million dollars) I'm sure they'll be OK. Their local place is Campisi's on Mockingbird but they always get steak there. Anyone have any favorites? Any and all suggestions welcome.

Looking for good old-fashioned "red sauce" type places or anything that would be close to that. Thanks again.

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  1. twinwillow RE: BAFU Nov 27, 2011 09:04 AM

    Again, I would suggest Cafe Amore' on Coit Road. Good old "mom 'n pop" red sauce Italian. BYOB and, cheap!

    Cafe Amore
    600 N Coit Rd Ste 2050, Richardson, TX 75080

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      CocoaNut RE: BAFU Nov 27, 2011 10:14 AM

      Two Guys From Italy on Webb Chapel near 635. It's old and not fancy, but continues to thrive and survive.

      Two Guys From Italy
      11637 Webb Chapel Rd, Dallas, TX 75229

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        twinwillow RE: CocoaNut Nov 27, 2011 11:56 AM

        Right. I forgot about them. Haven't been there in years but it's definitely in the same category as Cafe Amore.

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          Veggo RE: twinwillow Nov 28, 2011 08:29 AM

          twin, is Lucia still the gold standard for Italian in Dallas?

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            twinwillow RE: Veggo Nov 28, 2011 08:56 AM

            I think so. And in my opinion, Nonna would be the "silver" standard.
            But remember, these are not homey "red sauce" restaurants.
            The serve sophisticated (Tuscan?) style Italian foods. And they're not cheap, either!

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          pmallett RE: CocoaNut Nov 28, 2011 08:13 AM

          Coming from New England, they're the only decent place I've found. I had high hopes for Kenny's Italian in Addison, but they disappointed me greatly.

          Not everything at Two Guys is fantastic, but some of the things really are.

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            twinwillow RE: pmallett Nov 28, 2011 09:10 AM

            You can always try Pietro's. Another real mom 'n pop "red sauce" restaurant. Not my personal favorite but if you're close to lower Greenville, then I would definitely give it a try. I grew up in NYC eating Italian food in neighborhood Italian restaurants not much unlike "Louie's" in "The Godfather". Where Michael Corleone knocks off the two guys. The scene where the police captain is cutting and eating his veal dish drives me nuts!

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              irodguy RE: twinwillow Nov 29, 2011 07:24 PM

              Agreed I think that Pietro's is pretty close to two guys. Again not the best Italian, but one of the better neighborhood places.

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          vstock RE: BAFU Nov 27, 2011 03:00 PM

          Andiamo's on Beltline in Addison.

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            OOABuddy RE: BAFU Nov 28, 2011 04:54 PM

            I love Angelo's over on La Vista in Lakewood. They've got the best lasagna in town! Their portions are out of control though...I've never finished a dish at Angelo's by myself.

            I also enjoyed Andrea's over on Gaston. But I've only been their once...I would go back though.

            1. BAFU RE: BAFU Nov 29, 2011 08:50 AM

              Thanks all for the recommendations. They will try and eat their way through the list in the coming weeks. Much appreciated!

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