Friday, April 29, 2011

Texas Restaurants~Nonna

Nonna is a small family-owned Italian restaurant in Highland Park, Texas.  A co-worker of mine recommended this restaurant a long time ago to me and for some reason or another, Mike and I have not made our way down there until now. Nonna is also on the Dallas Magazine's Top 100 Restaurants in Dallas. 
Reservations are a must for this tiny restaurant that has a bar area and about 15 tables.
 Best service at a restaurant ever! Well at least the best service that Mike and I can remember we've had for a long time.  I swear there were either microphones/video cameras at our table or our server was extremely attentive to our actions. 
Mike and I decided to split an appetizer and the 5 course pasta tasting. Throughout the meal, Jonathan, the Sous Chef came out and explained each pasta dish to us. Crazy.
 Charcoal grilled Monterey Bay squid with salsa verde, controne beans and taggiasca olives
 The first pasta dish, Tonnarelli with razor clams, fennel Spaghettii alla  that arrived was just a tad bit on the bland side, so Mike and I added a tiny pinch of salt to it. 

Carbonara: guanciale, farm egg, pecorino, English peas and black pepper. The carbonara was the next dish and it was extremely salty, almost unbearable to eat.
The next dishes had just the right amount of salt.

Tortelloni of porchetta with dried orange zest and fennel pollen

Ravioli of Maine lobster
Pappardelle al ragu Bolognese
Praline Nougatine Semifreddo with Pistachios and Acacia Honey. This dessert was recommended by our server. I did not care fot the dish and he saw the look of disappointment on my face.  Soo...he brought out the sticky toffee pudding for it. Yummy!
Sticky Toffee Pudding

So would we go back to this restaurant? Mike and I are still debating this. The food was good. I'd give it 3-3.5 stars out of 5. But the service was exceptional. If the service was mediocre, would scratch this restaurant off our list.  Face it, we were in Highland Park (one of the richer areas in Dallas) and Mike and I look much younger than we are.  Servers could have written us off as little kids, but no, the staff was extremely attentive. 

4115 Lomo Alto Drive
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-1800
Open Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm

1 comment:

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