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ieatdallas | Mar 20, 2007 09:49 AM

Tried Nove about a week or so ago. For those unaware, this is the Italian concept from the guys that own N9NE steakhouse and it is also down in Victory Plaza. We went in on a Friday after Savor Dallas. Place had only been open a week so it wasn't crowded.

Dining room is absolutely stunning. Chandeliers that change colors, a floor to ceiling wine rack with digital lights that spell out words, make flames, etc, large comfortable booths, and pictures on the walls that change periodically, similar to some of the billboards you see around town.

Wine list is almost 100% Italian, which I happen to love but can be confusing if you're not all that familiar with Italian wines. As I wrote in my post on N9NE, the sommelier for both restaurants came from Nana, Aurora and Per Se. He knows his stuff and is very approachable and helpful for Italian wine novices.

Service was the team concept with 1 guy for water, 1 for bread and then a waiter that oversees the table. Very efficient, knowledgable and attentive.

Considering it had just opened, I'll cut the kitchen some slack but it needs some work. Apps, we had lobster flatbread pizza that was very good. Generous amount of lobster with a bechamel sauce and arugula. The calamari was good, not great. Pan fried with peppers, it is spicier than your normal version.

Main dishes we had swordfish in a lemon artichoke sauce. Very nice and light but not the best swordfish I've had. Veal Osso Bucco with saffron risotto. Meat was warm, not hot, and was not fall off the bone tender. Risotto was soupy and mushy. "Sunday Gravy" was described as a fettucini with meatballs and sausage. It was just okay. One of the meatballs was 100% lamb which is fine but it was not advertised that way and the person that ordered it is not a huge lamb fan. There was also quite a bit of mozzarella on top. Basically, this dish just didn't come together. A bunch of parts that are fine on their own but didn't work together. The last dish we had was the bolognese which was okay but not anywhere near the best we'd had. We also ordered the truffle polenta as a side. It was very good, plenty of truffle taste.

Overall, I'll go back just to see if the kitchen works out the kinks. I guess the highlight of this particular evening was seeing Rocco Dispirito (in town for Savor Dallas) with a table full of beautiful women as we left.

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