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Battuto Continues Month Long Celebration With Guest Chef Andre Natera

DSC01195by 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. Continue reading

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Chef Andre Natera Cooking Last Dallas Dinner At Battuto Italian Kitchen

Andre Natera picby Steven Doyle

The guest chef series continues at Battuto Italian Kitchen which is celebrating their one year anniversary. Last week we checked in with guest chef Scott Romano, and we enjoyed his take on Battuto Italian. This week owners Gene and Julie have invited their friend chef Andre Natera who just left Village Kitchen and Toko V for a job at Omni Austin. This will be his last meal in Dallas, at least for some time.    Continue reading

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Chef Scott Romano Leads Anniversary Series At Battuto

DSC01064by Steven Doyle

Last night w checked in at Battuto Italian Kitchen, the fantastic Gene and Julie restaurant located up in the ‘burbs on Preston Road. The occasion was one of several marvelous evenings with a guest chef at the kitchen helm. Last night was first in the series, featuring chef Scott Romano who is now exec chef at the Frisco Gun Club. You may recall Romano’s stint at Charlie Palmers located at the Joule in Dallas. This evening was definitely a throwback to those days.    Continue reading


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Battuto Celebrates One Year With Guest Chef Series

romano2by Steven Doyle

Throughout April, Battuto Italian Kitchen will be celebrating its one year anniversary with a series of guest chef dinners featuring some of Dallas’s most notable chefs, including Scott Romano, Andre Natera, Kent Rathbun and Richard Chamberlain. Scott Romano (Frisco Gun Club) is kicking things off on April 1st with three special courses.

Diners can opt for a three-course dinner or pick and choose ala carte dishes along with items from Battuto’s regular menu. Cost of the various chef dinners will vary.   Continue reading

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Battuto Offers Something Special

dsc06231by Andrew Chalk

Battuto Italian Kitchen, the Italian neighborhood restaurant established by Gene and Julie Gates of radio fame held a media event this week and I was fortunate to be invited. It is rather different from what I expected. I thought it would be the objet d’amour of someone with a romantic fascination with Italy – a fascination that usually does not transfer well across corporeal units. What I found was a good restaurant, informed by modern culinary trends, but making a conscious effort to not just follow the pack. Take some examples:

They hired Joel Harloff as chef. He has produced first-rate food at several Dallas restaurants including the Melrose Hotel, Second Floor and Ocho.    Continue reading

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Listen To The Re-Broadcast Of craveRADIO With Guests Gene And Julie, Isaac Rousso, And John Slaughter

15_2013_09_Crave_Radio_Gene_Julie-49by Steven Doyle    photos by Robert Bostick

If you missed the craveRADIO broadcast this past Sunday you missed a lot. In studio this week we enjoyed all the interesting stories Gene and Julie Gates shared about opening their restaurant Battuto Italian Kitchen in North Dallas.  Gene also shared his history of working, managing and owning restaurants in his past, before Battuto and before their radio history.

The pair of restaurant owners also discussed their opening chef Gustavo, and all the work that went into the opening menu. They have since hired super chef Joel Harloff who has a beautiful history working with Italian and other cuisines. Harloff is working on a new lunch menu and sends out daily specials that we hear are terrific.    Continue reading


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