It is hard to believe, but Battuto Italian Kitchen, the north Dallas neighborhood Italian restaurant established by radio personalities Gene and Judy Gates, is turning one. To celebrate, they held a media event “Taste of Battuto” with a special 7-course menu and I was fortunate to be invited.
If you were enthused by Battuto’s original concept of inspired Italian cuisine made from carefully sourced ingredients then there is good news — the concept remains as strong as ever. Despite chef changes, the kitchen remains consistent thanks to able sous chef Erik Wolf, formerly of Bolsa. A search continues for an executive chef to replace Joel Harloff, who left last month, but, says Gene Gates, there is no rush. “We want the right person and are willing to wait until we find them”. Continue reading →
Gene and Julie Gate’s restaurant Battuto Italian Kitchen is high on the restaurant hot list right now. The Italian restaurant located at Preston and Frankford just announced a new chef that will be creating new menu items, including a power lunch. I am thrilled to announce that chef Joel Harloff has officially taken the reigns.
You remember Harloff most recently from Ocho, as well as the Second Floor in the Westin Galleria. He also enjoyed accolades and 4 stars at Dali Wine bar as well as at the Melrose Hotel. Continue reading →
Since leaving their radio program at the first of the year both Gene and Julie Gates have been undertaking the task of a lifetime: opening their very own restaurant. They have taken the ultimate risk and laid out their personal savings and time away from their money-maker which is their radio talent. They may have said good-bye to their millions of radio listeners, at least for the moment, but many of those same fans have made their way to the Gate’s restaurant, Battuto to sample some very fine Italian cuisine. Continue reading →