Taste of Italy in Dallas TX
Arcodoro Pomodoro: many years ago, I used to spend time at Arcodoro, their previous location; my GF at the time was a waitress there. Lori and Efisio Faris were always good to me and I learned a lot about real Italian food from them. I was excited to find they have reopened at the Crescent Court.
We entered using "THE GOLDEN BACK DOOR". (use self parking and take the elevator up, the door allows entrance through the kitchen! ask for your parking ticket to be validated before you leave)
Yes, it's all THAT fresh.
We used the Yelp app check-in and received free bellinis! #2 son was not passed out at the table, he is often uncooperative for pictures (makes faces, hides his face, thumbs down signs etc).
This is a very nice restaurant. The two other tables near us both spoke Italian, not english. Everybody was very well dressed and one lady wore a fur. #1 son brought it down to our level with his table side walrus impression.
Kat LOVED this beef carpaccio with portobello and truffle oil. Arcodoro was where I learned to appreciate carpaccio, and it's just as good as I remember.
My only complaint, the tomato was not that good... I know, it's Winter time... but I still get good tomatoes from my local Trader Joe's and my Dad had stacks of them at his place in Dallas, his greenhouse is nearly overgrown with delicious fresh winter tomatoes.
The Pizza was delicious, rotisserie chicken, red onions, smoked mozzarella and sundried tomatoes
Kat loves a good seafood soup and this "Traditional Sardinian Soup" was perfect!
We also sought Italian food in Highland Park Village at Patrizio's
There was a 45 minute wait. I found Kat a seat at the bar while I cornered the kids out of the way. These three gentlemen made her feel welcome and shared conversation. One was a retired Judge, she was networking!
artichoke stuffed with crab and goat cheese, fried, and served over creamy polenta.
The kids always love Patrizio's.
Pizza was delicious, and the tomatoes were really good.
#2 son being uncooperative again.
I did have an issue with the hostess. I’d asked her to check how much longer the wait was after 45 minutes had elapsed. She had given our table away to another party and crossed my name off the list. She insisted I already had a table, I assured her we did NOT. Then she was rude to me about it. She made me prove it and challenged me to produce our buzzer… meanwhile we'd all been waiting patiently in the bar area. Not once did she apologize for the mistake. She insisted that I had turned in buzzer (#15), but she couldn't account for the buzzer I had in my hand (#32). She finally gave in with "do you STILL want a table?!"
the tiramisu went quick!
we made our usual stop at Scardello Cheese shop.
We scored a new Alpine Style Cheese from Rolf Beeler, Holzhofer. Will do some side by side comparisons later this week.
We visited the Perot Nature and Science Museum.
Kat was enamoured with the Makerbot (3D printer)
We also enjoyed a beer at Strangeways and met up with an old friend. We both worked at Hooter's 20 years ago! He's now in Los Angeles, turning his auto hobby into a career at http://www.motoiq.com/About.aspx. I sold Jeff my old welder, his first, when he was still in High School.