Italian Restaurants in Far North Dallas

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Start off with a fried appetizer of golden zucchini, mushrooms, or pickles ($8) before saddling up for an entree. The hopping 14-ounce house-seasoned rib-eye steak takes a grilling over an open flame before being finished with warm garlic butter ($16). Southern-fried steak or chicken is smothered in cream gravy and served with garlic-mashed taters and buttered breakfast toast ($10 for either). All entrees come with a choice of two sides, offering guests a posse of veggies, such as okra, sweet-kernel corn, and the official vegetable of Texas—mac 'n' cheese. Early risers can treat themselves to II Brothers’ breakfast menu, chock-full of biscuits and gravy, pancakes and omelettes, and the crispy stuffed Brothers' toast, which stuffs flash-crusted texas toast with sweet cream cheese, fruit, and ham, bacon, or sausage ($10).

18101 Preston Road
Dallas,
TX
US

Before arriving at house specialties like the Chicken Bene Bene ($13.99) and sautéed salmon ($16.99), Cafe Bene Bene's menu artfully appetizeseduces with starters such as a platter of sautéed calamari with black olives and capers ($8.99) or steamed mussels with garlic and shallots ($9.99). The Junior's Favorite pizza's weighty blend of mozzarella, ricotta, pesto, and tomatoes (large, $14.99) will satisfy the hulking but sensitive club bouncer in your life, while the rigatoni Contadina's cornucopia of chicken, mushrooms, asparagus, and a light cream sauce ($10.49) will cruelly taunt your little wooden boy's lack of taste buds. Lovers of orbish foods, however, can dive face-first into the eggplant parmigiana's ample bosom ($11.49).

4727 Frankford Road
Dallas,
TX
US

A flat-screen TV casts its photons upon leather couches that would make clouds jealous with their fluffiness. A coffee table anchors the spot, and it's only a small corner of the bar and grill. Beyond this bastion of basement-like coziness, Sharky's Bar & Grill houses more high-definition big screens, nine pool tables just waiting for the next bold belly flop, and those two other classic crowd-pleasers: food and drink. The kitchen staff prepares pub fare such as burgers, brats, and pizza. They also serve frosty beverages on the brand-new patio or invite guests to play bar games such as darts, NTN trivia, poker, and shuffleboard. Professional hockey-, football-, baseball-, and soccer-watching parties occupy Sharky's busy events calendar nearly every weekday, while weekly karaoke and pool nights let patrons show off their singing skills or well-honed eye-hand coordination.

17453 Preston Rd
Dallas,
TX
US

The Pizza Guy deems dough ready to metamorphose into pizza only after it sits for 48 hours, affording yeast ample time to produce a rich taste and texture. During its 14 years in business, the eatery's allegiance to delivering high-quality pies has touched all layers of its Italian assemblage, from the Stanislaus tomato sauce that glazes the crust to the Grande cheese sprinkled thereupon. In addition to jumbo hot wings, the menu delineates 11 specialty pies, including the Hawaiian and the spinach alfredo. Diners can also design their own pizzas by pulling from more than 20 toppings and thick, thin, or hand-tossed crusts. The Pizza Guy delivers, preps pies for carryout, or keeps them shrink-wrapped in pans so customers can take them home and give a jaded Easy-Bake Oven something to savor.

17390 Preston Rd
Dallas,
TX
US

With three Metroplex locations, there's no shortage of wedge-shaped eats born inside Picasso's ovens daily. House combos, specials, and gourmets run from 8" (starting at $8.99) to 20" (starting at $21.99). Start on an urbane foot with house gourmets such as chicken Florentine pie ($10.99–$27.99), with chicken breast, roma tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts, alfredo sauce, and two cheeses, or hang a fang on the molten pile of pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and beef known as the ultimate meateater ($10.99–$27.99). Foes of the tomato can consult a house special such as the spinach, artichoke, and mushroom ($9.99–$23.99), glazed with a light cream sauce and four different cheeses, while those still cursed by the Tex Mex hex can grab a gourmet taco pizza ($10.99–$27.99), with taco sauce, ground beef, and all the toppings, including sides of guacamole, sour cream, and hot sauce.

18160 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas,
TX
US

Ruggeri’s Italian Kitchen’s experienced culinary crafters whip together an expansive lunch and dinner menu brimming with homemade Italian dishes. A plate of thin spaghetti ties tongues in a web of noodles and slow cooked bolognese sauce ($16) while a meal of italian sausage and peppers serenade mouths with a harmonizing trio of bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($18.95). The pescatore diavalo ($19.95), a savory blend of shrimp, calamari, mussels, scallops, and artichoke hearts, bobs in a pool of marinara sauce to give land-locked tongues a more authentic taste of the sea than a fricasseed ship hull. Though Ruggeri's offers an array of meat options, including chicken, veal, and beef, plantivores can sink their bicuspids into a tomato & blue cheese salad bedecked with fresh basil vinaigrette and shallots ($8).

18208 Preston Rd
Dallas,
TX
US