by Steven Doyle
Last night we helped celebrate a few things. The first was the one year anniversary for Battuto Italian Kitchen in Far North Dallas. The fantastic Italian restaurant is owned and operated by Gene and Julie Gates who have this amazing attention to detail and love for great food. The restaurant is truly a family affair, and we wish them all the luck in the world as they venture forward with their beautiful restaurant.
Last evening was also bitter sweet in the fact that to celebrate the anniversary, the Gates have been bringing in cheffy friends of theirs including Scott Romano (last week), Kent Rathbun and Richard Chamberlain (April 16) and Andre Natera who served as house chef last night. That was sweet; the bitter was the fact that it was the last meal Natera will cook in Dallas, for the time being. Natera is packing up the family and moving to Austin tomorrow.
But this night was all about Battuto, and the restaurant swelled to capacity to sample Natera’s version of Italian cuisine. You will want to make reservations for next Wednesday when the featured chefs will be Richard Chamberlain and Kent Rathbun. Call 972-930-0558 to make your reservations.
Here is what we found last night:
Artichoke and Farro Soup
Burrata, Fennel Arugula, Aged Balsamic and Spec
Olive Oil Poached Tuna, White Anchovies, Smoked Potatoes, Garlic Yolk and Basil Puree
Gnocchi, Braised Veal Cheeks, Italian Sausage, Braised Pork Belly, Wild Mushroom
The House Red Wine Chocolate Cake