by Leslie Brenner   Don't have dinner reservations on a Friday or Saturday night? Good luck dining out — trying to score a last-minute table on the weekend can be a fool's errand.   A neighborhood Italian place that's been around forever seemed a safe bet on a recent Friday. I called ahead, but no one answered the phone, so off we wen...

My sister-in-law Sarah eats at Roman Cucina in North Dallas at least once a week. She knows most of the staff, particularly the bartender who makes her favorite Tito's Vodka martini. Sarah has been trying to get me to eat there for years. I joined her last Saturday. I left with a smile on my face and not just because of the food.   Roman Cuc...

Corner Bakery Cafe is saying, "buon appetito," by introducing flavors inspired by Italy and handcrafted at the Corner, available from July 26 through September 26.   "We've combined traditional Italian meats and cheeses to create classic Italian flavors in our cafes," said Ric Scicchitano, Executive Vice President, Food & Supply Chain at...

Fuddruckers. Romano's Macaroni Grill. Cozymel's. These are some of the 25-plus restaurant concepts that Phil Romano, 75, has created, producing some $1.5 billion in annual sales. (There have been some flops too, including a lobster restaurant in Dallas.) Romano, who survived malignant lymphoma, has branched into other realms. His latest is Trinity...

What was once a rundown lot catty-cornered from the Belmont Hotel is now a strip of "luxury" apartments plopped next to a handful of eateries and shops.   At first pass it looks like just another real estate mogul's wet dream, but on closer inspection, Sylvan Thirty, as it's un-creatively labeled, is becoming a place for neighbors and foodie...

We barely got a chance to say goodbye to Barter, the just-closed restaurant on McKinney Avenue from brothers Patrick and Michael Halbert, and already we are saying hello to its replacement: Italian restaurant Patrizio.   A manager at the Patrizio in Highland Park Village confirmed that it would be relocating after its closure on February 28....

Now is the time to pull out your mask, gather up your family & friends, and head to the ICD Clubhouse for what is always one of the year's most festive events ~ Carnevale! It is a time of revelry, costumes, and food, all of which will be front-and-center at the ICD. A face painter will be on hand to transform the kids ~ or you! ~ into a fierce...

by Whitney Filloon The former Mi Piaci space at Preston Road and Northwest Highway has a new tenant on the horizon: Crudo Taverna. This wil be the restaurant's second location; the first is in a swanky Frisco strip center on Lebanon Road near the Dallas North Tollway.   Crudo describes itself as a family-owned, upscale bistro "with an...

Dallas gets a spot on the international chocolate map thanks to a Highland Park Village cheese shop, which has made a deal with a prestigious chocolate maker from Italy. The cheese shop is Molto Formaggio, and the chocolate is from Guido Gobino, a Turin company well-known for its chocolate treats incorporating fine hazelnuts.   In 2008,...

by Ken Venuso   For most people outside of Italy, the 15th of August probably doesn't mean anything in particular. For most Italians, however, this is the day when we celebrate summer at its most glorious time, a day when families get together for countryside walks and relaxing picnics. I remember spending my Ferragosto eating refr...