The best Italian cuisine is made from scratch, preferably from atop a speeding Vespa with a sauce-stained toga whipping in the wind. Do as the Romans do with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Italian dinner cuisine at D'Carlo Pizzeria & Ristorante, a quaint eatery on Stagecoach Road.
D'Carlo's thick sheaf of traditional family recipes has served three generations of seasoned stateside ladle wielders, who use imported cheeses, olive oil, and handmade meatballs to help teleport diners to an ancient realm of endless lasagna fields. The restaurant's sovereign specialty, the Mafalde, is a wide-noodle pasta layered with four types of cheese, italian sausage, and meatballs ($13.95), but this king of meals vies with a challenging chancellor of chicken piccata limone, donning a cloak of sweet basil marinara ($14.95). Veggie fans may try the spinach lasagna ($13.95), made with four kinds of cheese that used to share a tour bus with veggies.
D'Carlo Ristorante & Pizzeria
At D'Carlo Ristorante & Pizzeria, a dusting of parmesan romano cheese and sprigs of parsley adorn each plate, which chefs pile high with pastas and other classic, made-to-order Italian recipes. Mostaccioli with housemade meatballs and chicken parmigiana fill the menu alongside the kitchen's signature dish, Mafalde—or "For the King"—which layers wide-noodle pasta with five cheeses, italian sausage, and meatballs atop keys to a new bounce castle. Dinner entrees include side salads and slices of housemade bread.
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12325 Stagecoach Rd.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72210Get Directions