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Neighborhood Italian Fare at Carbone's

09.10.2015 by: Allison Turpin
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Good, authentic Italian food is surprisingly difficult to find in Dallas. Thankfully, there are a few exceptions, and the Italian neighborhood spot, Carbone's, is one of them.

Owner Julian Barsotti is also the brains behind Nonna, and his two Italian restaurants are leading the way in this town. With homemade pastas both served at meals and available for purchase in its shop, Carbone's is doing everything it can to be a casual, friendly place for families to find delicious Italian cuisine. 

The atmosphere is bright with large windows and white wooden booths against white walls, while the clientele is everything from families with young kids to older adults out on a date night. The restaurant serves lunch, brunch, and dinner, and every Sunday they have a fixed four-course dinner special.

The wine list is composed of Italian wines, and the menu is simple. With fewer options, the chef can focus on making each dish right. We think you'll be satisfied with anything you order.

If you are a salad person, you have to try the Marinated Baby Beets salad. Whether you get it for lunch as your entree or to start your dinner off right, you will fall in love. A beautiful array of pink, yellow, and red beets are piled high with tangy blue cheese and crisp apple slices sit atop greens dressed in a light vinaigrette. It is seriously one of our favorite salads in Dallas.

Marinated Baby Beets Salad with blue cheese and apples

If you are in the mood for pasta, though, you can be confident that any dish you order will be homemade, flavorful, and packed with fresh ingredients. Two of our favorites are the Creste Rigate with Sunday Gravy and the Lasagna al Ragu Bolognese. Creste Rigati are macaroni-shaped pastas that are covered in Sunday Gravy, which is essentially a smorgasbord of meat unified in a hearty tomato sauce. The Lasagna al Ragu Bolognese is composed of thin sheets of al dente pasta smothered in a bright, acidic meat and tomato sauce. 

Creste Rigate with Sunday Gravy

Lasagna al Ragu Bolgnese

Their specialties are also excellent, including the Eggplant Parmesan, which is thinly sliced eggplant that is roasted, not fried, as well as the traditional Veal Milanese. And after your satisfying supper, be sure to order dessert. The Tiramisu is a towering sweet treat with its layers of coffee-soaked sponge cake and rich mascarpone cream.

Tiramisu for dessert

If you can't stay for a meal, you can always pop into the retail shop located in the back. They sell fresh pastas, deli meats, handmade frozen take-outs, and other Italian products. It is a great option for lunch and any specialty item your recipe may call for that evening.

Carbone's isn't new to town, but it has only gotten better with age. As winner in the D Magazine Best of Big D for Best Italian two years in a row, it is starting to receive the recognition it deserves. Next time you are trying to find your go-to Italian spot, give Carbone's a try, and we would be willing to bet you'll be back.

{Carbone's Official Website}

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