Had the opportunity to dine at Nonna last night. Finally, finally, Dallas has an authentic Italian resto. Firstly, it's very undallas, if you will. It's small, not overlly designed, friendly, and professional. It's one of the better meals I've ever had in Dallas.
We began with a cocktail of Prosecco with fress Blood Orange Juice. The brought a small plate of various olives to nosh on with the cocktail. The menu has about 3-4 different choices of starters, pizza, pasta, mains depending on the season. They brought a 8x8 in. foccacia type bread right from the wood burning oven. It was crispy on the outside with some of the black crust you get with really hot ovens. It was topped with the right amount of sea salt. We split the roasted asparagus finished in the wood burning oven with an egg and parmigano on top. It was truly spectacular.
Next, we opted to split a pizza. We choose the white pizzia which had clams, shallots, pecorino, and herbs. Again, it was perfectly cooked and perfectly adorned. We moved to the pasta course. The Mrs. had gnocci with pancetta, sage, and pamigano. The simplicity and the quality of the ingredients and the preparation made it as good as Italian food can be. I had Angiolli (sp.) filled with Lobster set in a bowl of Lobster broth with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms. The homemade pasta, lobster, and broth again, the simplicity of the dish is what honest Italian food is all about. Since we were on a roll, we thought we'd give the desserts a spin to see if they were on the same level, and indeed they were. We ordered a Meyer Lemon Cake that was made from polenta and had just the right amount of citrus, sweetness, and texture. We also had a goat cheesecake which was much richer, but was more like a cross between traditional cheesecake and a mouse.
The wine list was short, all italian, and very well choosen and reasonalble. We had a bottle of Gaja Gavi Blanco for $45 which I thought was really reasonable. Ok, for the bad news. It's small, and generally booked out 2 weeks, but its worth it. There is a small bar that has 7 or 8 seats where solo's can dine. The crowd was older and noticeably more casual which was a nice change of pace. Hope this helps.