Buon Appetito: Ten Essential Dallas Eateries for Italian Food Aficionados

Mouthwatering pizzas and pillowy pastas, these are what Italian cuisine dreams are made of.  Sure, Dallas may be best known for barbecue and Tex-Mex, but that doesn’t mean the city is lacking in Italian food fare.

For those who want to embark on an Italian feasting adventure like no other, try to score a coveted table at Lucia, a charming and intimate trattoria that's on every Dallas best restaurant hit list.

Equally as terrific is Nonna, a beloved neighborhood haunt that’s famous for its handmade pasta, salumi platters and crispy pizza.

Speaking of pizza, you can’t go wrong with Olivella's or Dough–where Neapolitan style pizzas are baked in a wood-fire domed oven and topped with just about everything under the sun.    

And don’t let its unassuming strip-mall location fool you, Osteria PaneVino is 100% legit. The place churns out homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas and pretty much everything you’d expect from a top-notch classic Italian restaurant.

Still hungry? Keep reading: From rustic eateries to authentic Neapolitan pizzerias, there top spots turn out Italian dishes that are guaranteed to leave a tasty impression.

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
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Of all the joints in town that lay claim to the Neapolitan-style standards of pizza making – only a handful turn out pies as exceptional as Dough. Evidently, Guy Fieri agrees since he featured the restaurant's San Antonio sibling on Food...  Read More

CiboDivino Marketplace
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Situated in the buzzing Sylvan-Thirty development, CiboDivino (which means divine food in Italian) is a venerable foodie festa for area Italophiles. The brainchild of longtime restaurateur and Sicilian born chef Daniele Puleo, this...  Read More

Princi Italia
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Handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas play a lead role at this neighborhood fave, nestled on the back corner of Preston Royal Shopping Center. It's an airy, polished-looking place that manages to feel both upscale and casually comfortable at the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Olivella's


There's a general consensus that this charming pocket-sized pizzeria turns out the most deliciously addictive pies in town. In fact, these wood-fired orbs are so heavenly that Food Network star Rachael Ray declared them "The most incredible...  Read More

Taverna By Lombardi
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If you're looking for a quiet, intimate restaurant in which to dine, then this is not the place–as it's always a roaring trade at this rustic Italian local–day in and day out. Plus, you can't book for anything smaller than a table for six....  Read More

Carbone's Fine Food and Wine
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By day, it's an Italian-American deli featuring salads, housemade pastas and a lineup of sumptuous sandwiches. But by night, Carbone's transforms into a cozy casual restaurant serving everything from grilled fish dishes to some of the best...  Read More

Osteria PaneVino
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Don't let its unassuming strip mall location fool you, this under-the-radar gem is serving up some magic in the kitchen in the form of delicious thin-crust pizzas, handmade pastas, and entrees like lobster cioppino. Not to mention, service is...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Sprezza


Gnocchi with littleneck clams and lobster; duck stuffed casoncelli pasta; and short ribs with polenta–these are a few of the rotating Roman-inspired treasures found at Sprezza, a casually chic spot tucked into a craftsman-style house off Oak...  Read More

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With a serious reputation for homemade pasta, wood-fired specialties and wicked desserts, it's no surprise that locals consider this handsome pocket-sized trattoria to be one of the top restaurants in town. Just be prepared, getting a table in...  Read More

Lucia Dallas
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If you ask any discerning foodie which is the hottest restaurant in town, they'll point you to David and Jennifer Uygur's rustically charming 36-seat Bishop Arts trattoria. But be warned, the place is so popular that you have to either book two...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene