Our 4 Favorite Italian Restaurants In Dallas

I think we can all agree that pasta is one of the best comfort foods ever created, plus it’s so versatile. You can have pasta with a wide variety of sauces, from your basic red marinara to creamy Alfredo or garlic butter. Then, add your choice of meats such as Andouille sausage, ground Italian sausage, shrimp, or chicken, and you’ve got a delicious meal. Here are the top four Italian restaurants in Dallas, Texas.

PaneVino Osteria

PaneVino Osteria

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12qwFor an authentic Italian dining experience, check out PaneVino Osteria, located at 5000 Beltline Road in Suite 300 right in Dallas. You can enjoy a meal here from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Lunch options include Stuffed Shrimp with crabmeat, Mascarpone risotto, and Beurre Blanc or Lobster Ravioli Pescatore featuring shrimp, gulf crab, sea scallops, and a brandy lobster sauce. PaneVino Osteria also has an amazing Fettuccini Primavera with roasted peppers, spinach, broccoli, and a cream sauce.

In the evening, start your meal off with the Burrata, Prosciutto Flatbread with cherry tomatoes, arugula, and a balsamic glaze. Then add a cup of Lobster Bisque or a Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese salad. House Specialties include a Blue Crab Stuffed Shrimp with shaved asparagus, roasted peppers, and Mascarpone risotto. Select a dish from the Fresh Artisan Pasta menu, such as the Fra Diavolo Lobster Fettuccine with scallops, shrimp, lobster, peppers, asparagus, and tomato. Top it all off with traditional Mini Cannolis, Tiramisu, or Limoncello Cake for the perfect ending.

PaneVino Osteria is on the upper end of spending when it comes to dining out, but the flavors and authenticity are worth every penny. It’s perfect for that special occasion, such as an anniversary, birthday celebration, or just the rare date night away from the kids.

Fachini Ristorante

Another option for those special occasions where money is no object because a fine Italian meal is worth the expense, check out Fachini Ristorante at 33a Highland Park Village in Dallas. Here you can enjoy dishes such as Mussels Salsicce, Scampi, Lobster Ravioli al Forno, and Linguine Vongole. A special feature is Panzanella, made with Baugh Farms tomatoes, basil, and croutons, but be sure to get there early because this one runs out quickly each night.

On the lighter side, try the Beet-Gorgonzola or Egyptian salad. Or, perhaps you’re in the mood for the best veal in the city? Enjoy the Veal Chop Marsala or Veal Parmigiana, or try the Wagyu Tenderloin a la Pepe or Snapper New Orleans. All steaks, seafood, and chops are broiled in a wood oven for a one-of-a-kind flavor. Fachini offers a wide selection of seasonal cocktails to pair with your Italian fare, so be sure to ask about their bar menu. Finally, finish off your evening with a tiramisu, molten chocolate cake, or carrot cake.

Kenny’s Italian Kitchen

For a more budget-friendly Italian experience that you can bring the whole family out to enjoy, try Kenny’s Italian Kitchen. Start your lunch off

with some Prosciutto Wrapped Fried Mozzarella in a marsala wine sauce or red sauce. For a lighter appetite, check out the Italian Club with ham, pepperoni, genoa salami, provolone, red onion, lettuce, tomato, and pesto. If pasta’s what you’re craving, try their Baked Ziti with ricotta, mozzarella, sausage, meatballs, red sauce, and Alfredo. If you need a little more to fill you up, try the Chicken or Veal Marsala with marsala wine sauce and sauteed mushrooms.

Kenny’s Italian Kitchen beefs up the dinner menu with a few more selections to fill you up. For an appetizer, be sure to try the Fried Calamari or Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. You can’t go wrong with Lasagna, and Kenny’s is amazing, with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, ground beef, and red sauce. Kenny’s Favorite “Bone-In” Veal Parmigiana is a crowd favorite, with mozzarella and red sauce. Another top pick is the Sicilian Shrimp and Fettucini with roasted tomato, mushrooms, spinach, and spicy parmesan cream.

In addition to these offerings, Kenny’s offers a Family Style To Go and a Take and Bake Pasta Pack for those who prefer to enjoy a little bit of Italy at home at their dining room table. You’ll find this great Italian restaurant at 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 764, in nearby Addison.

Roman Cucina

Another Italian restaurant offering that’s easy on your wallet is Roman Cucina, where no entree is priced over $18, including the Gianni with langostino lobster, shrimp, and sauteed mushrooms served in the Bianco Diavolo sauce. Since you know dinner isn’t going to cost a fortune, splurge on an appetizer such as the Steak Milanese, a thin, lightly breaded cut of round steak that’s served with red sauce and lemon. Roman Cucina’s Alfredo is topped with their homemade creamy Alfredo sauce and can have chicken, steak, chicken Milanese, shrimp, or langostino lobster added for even more flavor.

You’ll find a fresh ravioli or stuffed pasta selection daily, served with fresh Italian bread and salad. You’ll just need to ask your server for details. If a sandwich is more your style, try one of their subs like the Sausage, Pepper, and Onion with spicy Italian sausage grilled with red and yellow peppers and onion in your choice of red sauce or an olive oil and garlic sauce. Roman Cucina also offers a Kids Menu and Gluten-free options, including pasta, so that everyone can enjoy a night out for some Italian.

End your evening with spumoni, cannoli, or tiramisu to top off your Italian adventure. Roman Cucina is located at 7989 Belt Line Road, #315 in Dallas. Make your plans tonight to treat the family to this gem.

There you have it! The Hand and Wrist Institute’s top four Italian restaurants in Dallas, Texas, for any budget or occasion. If you have a favorite that didn’t make it onto our list, drop us a line to let us know that we need to check out your top pick for Italian restaurants. We love any opportunity to get out in the city and enjoy some fine dining. Bon Appetit!

Dr. John Knight
Dr. John Knight

Dr. Knight is a renowned hand, wrist and upper extremity surgeon with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Knight is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship trained. Dr Knight has appeared on CNN, The Doctors TV, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Oxygen network and more.