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Looking for rec's for a birthday dinner

FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 18, 2012 10:06 AM

Hi all,

I have used CH in the past in order to find unique/great dinner rec's in DFW so I know this should be an easy one for the regulars. My fiance and I are going out to eat for her birthday Saturday night and I am looking to take her to a place that is moderately romantic. We live in The Colony but drive regularly to downtown Dallas for dinner so location is not really an issue. I am looking primarily for steak or italian food. The places I have picked up from the boards that fit my description are (not limited to these obviously)..

Mi Piaci
Ferrari's Italian Villa
Amici Signature Italian
Kenny's Woodfire Grill
Cafe Mykonos

Anyone that has other suggestions or a favorite out of this list would be very helpful.

P.S. I left out elite steakhouses (Del Frisco's, Bob's, III Forks, etc.) because of price but any suggestions would be appreciated.


Mi Piaci
14854 Montfort, Dallas, TX 75254

1022 S Broadway St, Carrollton, TX 75006

III Forks
17776 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287

Ferrari's Italian Villa
1200 William D Tate Ave, Grapevine, TX 76051

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  1. LewisvilleHounder RE: FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 18, 2012 11:07 AM

    Might see if Mi Piaci and also Isabella's have any Groupon/online coupons. Both are constantly running them.

    I recently dined at Isabella's in Frisco and was pleasantly surprised by the food and service. I had an odd request of having my salad after my pasta dish...which is frequently done in Italy. They took care of it. I ordered the grilled chicken with zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, and penne in a basil broth. The salad was simple mixed greens, house pickled peppers, olives and a few slices of tomato and lightly dressed with balsamic and oil. I would order both again. I also like the proximity to Lewisville.

    I won't ever offer up a steak place b/c I just don't see the need to dine there. That said the Certfied Angus Beef Tenderloin at Matador Meats in Plano just south of 121 would make a fine dinner for the night and you can splurge on a great bottle of wine or beer (let me know if you need help with the beer). Below is a dish I made last night with the tenderloin

    1. twinwillow RE: FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 18, 2012 01:43 PM

      Of course, I've always been partial to Amici Signature Italian because one, the food is very good and 2, its BYOB/W!
      And, their open again after being closed for six months because of the fire.

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        foiegras RE: FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 18, 2012 05:47 PM

        I would think about Local ... I've had great steak there, and we've discussed it before as having romantic potential. Haven't checked on their menu recently ...

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          vstock RE: FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 18, 2012 07:13 PM

          I would try NOSH. They just opened the new location near the intersection of Preston and Park. It is down Park in the old Awaji space.

          1. irodguy RE: FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 19, 2012 08:37 AM

            I would have to go for Amici much less of a chainish feel and nicely redone after their fire.

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              FromNOLA2Dallas RE: FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 19, 2012 09:25 AM

              Thanks everyone for the suggestions but my palette changed my idea for me and I hope it did a good job.

              As I was lookin for places, I stumbled upon Cadot (which is French NOT Italian or Steak that I had put my parameters on). On the specials menu, Cadot was serving a "Baby Veal Osso Bucco" and I was sold. I called the restaurants to see how long the specials would last and the lady said 3 days but asked why I was concerned. I explained to her that I was looking forward to eating the Osso Bucco and she spoke with the chef and told me he would have it for me when I came in. My reservations are for the 28th and I am excited about this decision. I have never been here so I hope it is good.

              Thanks again for all of the suggestions and I will definitely try Amici and Mi Piaci in the future.

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                twinwillow RE: FromNOLA2Dallas Jan 19, 2012 10:11 AM

                I think you will enjoy Cadot very much. IMHO, much better than Mi Piaci.

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                  foiegras RE: twinwillow Jan 19, 2012 05:09 PM

                  I have had good experiences at Cadot too ... I would just recommend that you call shortly ahead to confirm the chef's promise. (I was once promised a respin of a dish using lobster instead of scallops, and ... let's just say it didn't happen that way.)

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