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3 locally owned but lesser known Italian fine dining restaurants in Dallas that are a must try!

Neha B

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Food is one thing that connects us Texans in a good ol' Southern way! We might not consider DFW Metroplex as the center point for Italian food as Tacos and Barbeque and Steak houses are the top menus that strike us when we hear of the city. But Dallas is also very very diverse in its culture, especially when it comes to food. You can easily get really appetizing pasta dishes and traditional Italian dishes with eclectic Italian ambience to make it a perfect Italian dining experience.

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If you are craving an Italian dish, at least one ristorante from our list is for sure going to satisfy your taste buds! And you also support your very own local small business owners. We love supporting small businesses and when it comes to dining, they can be better than large chain restaurants. Well, buy a treat for yourself, while also buying a treat for the local business owners! A bonus, these restaurants are not very known but absolutely should! Local restaurants have had enough hit from COVID and now the SNOVID, making it all the more necessary that we help our local business owners.

Note: This is a list of our top 3 Italian restaurants, not pizzerias! So read on..

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1. Eddie's Napolis Italian Bistro:

Business address: 4280 Lavon Dr #250, Garland, TX 75040

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Located in the Firewheel Town center, this restaurant is right in the heart of the city! It is also what makes this restaurant more attractive for shoppers. It has a very warm Italian ambience with a small fireplace and a bar. Whether you go for a date night or after shopping with friends or with family, this place has something for everyone. They have pretty good service, are affordable and serve some very scrumptious menu items. If you are a pasta lover don't forget to ask for pink sauce (marinara plus cream), the best ever!! And their gourmet pizzas are to die for! They serve complimentary freshly baked bread with marinara sauce which alone is an enough reason to dine at this restaurant!

2. Sweet Basil Italian Grill and Bar:

Business address: 17610 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX 75287

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This locally owned restaurant, established in 1990, has very cozy vibes, you will often see the owner there who is very friendly and particular about customer experience. The place is a perfect setting for conversations while also being family friendly. Sweet basil lies between a fast food and a dining restaurant when it comes to service. They are pretty quick in service and you get a very Italian charm in the restaurant. Linen covered tables and cloth napkins make for a good fine dining experience while you also see some Italian paintings, mirrors, flower arrangements and decor on the walls. Their soups are a must have and their home made pasta sauces are the best in the town!

They serve a complimentary soup or house salad with every entrée. And don't forget to ask for a 15% discount in your to go order when you place an order in advance!

3. Andiamo Italian grill:

Business address: 4151 Belt Line Rd, Suite 101, Addison, Tx, 75001

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Andiamo's sits right in the heart of city where major dining restaurants are located. A very prime location! It offers a very upscale classy dining experience at affordable prices. The ambience appears rustic with vintage Italian decor style. It offers a modern and stylish experience while adorning the old Italian charm with clocks, century old antiques and romantic art pieces. A perfect place for a date night or a quiet dining atmosphere for deep conversations.

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They offer a great wine selection and don't forget to checkout their Sunday brunch specials and special events!

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