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A Little Bit of Italy at Zio Cecio Cucina Italiana

11.20.2014 by: Natalie Lomont
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You may have driven past this restaurant many times, but consider slowing down and stopping in next time. Located on West Lover’s Lane between Lemmon and Inwood, Zio Cecio Cucina Italiana is a warm, intimate Italian eatery that will definitely see us again. It’s easy to miss if you’ve never been, but after one visit, we bet you’ll take notice.

You may have enjoyed Chef Francesco’s creations during his Arcodoro & Pomodoro days. Staying true to his Italian roots but desiring to open his own restaurant, Francesco's Zio Cecio was born. A small and sleek, but still cozy interior makes for an intimate dining experience and is a great setting for a date night or dinner with close friends. A few tables on the front patio allow for dining alfresco when the weather cooperates. Upon browsing the menu, dishes from Chef Francesco's native Sardinia will begin tempting your palate, and all patrons will find a pleasing selection.

For example, there seems to be one person at every table who always goes for calamari. Fellow diners may either silently sigh or blatantly voice opposition. However, though calamari isn't adventurous, it's a starter that most can enjoy. Meaty with the right amount of seasoned crisp on the outside, this dish was quickly devoured in a joint effort at our table.

Fritto Di Paranza - dusted and fried calamari with fresh seasonal seafood.

More adventurous patrons will find plenty to choose from, like the Polpo Alle Apezie Al Carbone {tenderized octopus grilled with spicy tomato sauce}. With menu sections dedicated to risotto and carpaccio varieties, we recommend splitting one or two of those as well.

Entrees are divided into pasta, pizza, and meat dishes. Some of the pasta highlights from our meal:

La Bolognese con Fettucine - beef and pork ragu in a San Marzano sauce.

The nightly special was a creamy mushroom pasta.

Mezzeluna Alla Fonduta Di Pistacchio - ravioli filled with seafood and ricotta in a pistachio cream sauce.

This craveable seafood ravioli was, hands down, the table favorite. It came as no surprise when our waiter told us this was the dish Chef Francesco crafted for the world pasta championship. Even if you typically shy away from seafood pasta, this one is worth a taste.

Madalena's Cheesecake

Bellies may be too full for dessert, but how can you turn down anything labeled "My Grandmother's favorite" with a glass of grappa? With its creamy, moist texture, we can see why grandma loved this cheesecake.

Zio Cecio is a quaint Dallas gem serving up quality Italian dishes. We love that it's hidden just enough to maintain that relaxed, neighborhood vibe in a casually elegant atmosphere. Even former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura W. Bush, have made an appearance {Chef Francesco proudly displayed a photo with the couple on Zio Cecio's Facebook Page}. Make plans to stop in soon, and be sure to order that seafood ravioli.

Zio Cecio Cucina Italiana Website
{Blog preview image courtesy of Zio Cecio's Facebook Page}

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