Been back for a few months after spending the last 4 years in South Florida. I'm missing the small, family-owned Italian joints more than anything else. Why does Dallas have to be full of the same, boring manicotti, chicken parm and spaghetti places?
My favorite restaurant down there was 5 tables, run by a family from Naples where mama made the pasta each day, the kids waited the tables and another family member helped prep in the back. Escarole and beans, eggplant caprese, linguini with clams. Nothing innovative, but it was all from scratch and all fantastic. I've been back to a few places I used to love like Pietro's off lower Greenville and it hasn't been anywhere close to as good as I remember.