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We Check Out Restaurants That You Won’t

girl-eating-ribsby Steven Doyle

A few weeks back I proposed I should go forth into the city and take on a few restaurants that one reading craveDFW on a regular basis not deem as craveable. I solicited a list of what soon became a dare with those commenting on Facebook. I am sometimes referred to as food snobbish, and nothing could be further than the truth. As long time readers are aware we will write about things we love, and leave the rest of the chaff for those that prefer writing more hateful tomes.

Negative is so much more fun and easier to write. A critical expression is also more entertaining to write, I can guarantee. However, we wish to give our gentle readers something they might actually be able to use on a date night with their loved ones as opposed to a half hour of dredge that is totally unusable. Take all this how you will.   Continue reading

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Your Sunday Gravy Awaits At Carbones

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by Steven Doyle

In their book “Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual,” Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo describe Sunday Gravy, or Sunday Sauce, as a “huge pot of tomato sauce that’s been used to turn tough, cheap meat into a tender delicious dinner, and that has, in exchange, been made richer and deeper by all the commingled simmering.” It is everything delicious about Italian cookery as we might know it in our lifetime. It is not necessarily about the tomato sauce, but that is delicious. It is about the meat simmering in the pot, and about the pasta. It is a very pleasing journey, to be sure.  Continue reading

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Patrizio Osteria To Open On McKinney And In Arlington

DSC04642by Steven Doyle

Last night we made the trek to check out Patrizio Osteria in Southlake. The new location borderlines over-the-top in appointment and definitely pulls off the new menu in high fashion. We spotted a familiar face on the management team and were pleased to see Bob’s Steak and Chop alumnus Ken Kuczwaj making his way around the room. We also spotted one of the new owners, Oscar Renda, who knows plenty about Italian food and the way it should be presented.

The menu may look familiar to anyone who has patronized Patrizio in the past. This is the Americanized Italian cuisine that has people flocking to the various restaurants dotted across the Metroplex. Most of these dishes appeal to the average American palate that haven’t sampled true Italian food. But the true star to the new version of the concept lies in the Osteria menu. These are your house-made pastas laden with ingredients from Italy, slow cooked pork shank, fresh fish selections and a beautiful variety of buffala buratta. Continue reading

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Family Operated Mangiamo Opens In North Dallas

by Steven Doyle

A new restaurant just opened in the former Opa Grille location at 12827 Preston Road in north Dallas. We stopped in for a bite of lunch pizza recently to check out the new digs and speak to the owner Luigi Nicci and his family.  The restaurant has been open for two weeks and served up what might be considered typical Italian fare. You have your pizza, pastas and the ever loving eggplant parm.    Continue reading

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