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ItalX: Fine Italian Dining In Downtown Lexington, Kentucky

JC Phelps

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I can only describe my experience at ITalX with one word: immaculate. The sleek dining atmosphere, exceptional service, and the food/beverage menus are second-to-none. However, this makes sense when you realize who comprises the ItalX team: Chef Jonathan Lundy, Certified Sommelier TJ Cox, and Marketing Maven Brie Lowry Cox.

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What To Order At ItalX


There’s no need to look further than the calamari, which features fresh squid, pickled peppers, and a lemon-basil aioli sauce. Seriously — so good.

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However, I’d say that the calamari appetizer was second to the Carpaccio, which was truly extraordinary. The Beef Carpaccio features high-quality beef, cipolline (onion), patatine (potato chips), and pecorino. Yes, you read that correctly: potato chips. An interesting combination, sure, but trust me: it works. It just works. The added crunch is a gift from heaven above.

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Looking for a third appetizer, you say? Order the Vongole Veraci, which features clams, vino bianco, garlic, and Calabrian Chili. Fabulous.

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A quick aside, but an important one: don’t sleep on the Cavolo Nero Caesar. It’s one of the best caesar salads that I’ve ever had: tuscan kale, focaccia croutons, white anchioves, egg yolk, and Reggiano. Two thumbs up.

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*note: all noodles are made in-house

My favorite dish of the night, without question: Lasagne di 24 Strati — aka 24-layer lasagna. Iconic. Legendary. There are no words. Complete with tomatoes, spinach, and ricotta… this dish is a standout.

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Cacio e Pepe is a favorite of many — myself included. It’s simple, yet comforting. And sinfully good. The version at ItalX – Candele Cacio e Pepe – is classic in that it includes toasted black pepper, butter, Pecorino, and Reggiano.

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For an entree, try the Prime Strip Steak, which was prepared perfectly medium-rare, as requested. Complete with pecorino-peppercorn butter, balsamic roasted mushrooms, and polenta fritta — it’s finger-lickin’ good, y’all.

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ItalX is located in Lexington’s City Center, 160 W. Main St, Lexington, KY 40507.

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JC Phelps is a Kentucky-based food + southern lifestyle writer.

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