Ciao Bella: The Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Dallas

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore. Or just good Italian dining. Lucky for us Dallasites, our city is full of fine ristorantes for that special evening–or that spaghetti craving. Here’s a few of the best.

1 Taverna

Taverna may be most crowded for their $1 mimosa and bellini weekend brunches, but that doesn't mean their lunch and dinner menus aren't fantastico. With an authentic selection of wood fired pizzas and decadent risottos (saffron and mixed seafood is a must-try!), and a respectable wine list, Taverna is a great little haven for a date. Best thing on the menu: the Taverna Foccacia. Perfect as a table appetizer or a meal all your own.

Taverna 3210 Armstrong Avenue, 214.520.9933,

2 Avanti Ristorante

Sure they have two locations, but who else makes a purposeful separation between Southern and Northern Italian cuisines? Enjoy live jazz music every night of the year, and a romantic late night breakfast on weekends until 3:30 in the morning. Where else will you go with that wonderful first date?

Avanti Restaurant Fountain Place, 1445 Ross Ave #150, 214.965.0055

Avanti Ristorante, 2720 McKinney Ave, 214.871.4955,

3 Palomino

Inside the exclusive Crescent Court in Uptown lies Palomino, the perfect place for an after work drink and a late night coffee. Hint hint: go for the meatball sliders or the brick oven fired bruschetta. Of course, comfort food is good for lunch, too.

Palomino, 500 Crescent Court, Suite 165, 214.999.1222,

4 Adelmo's

With over 20 years in the restaurant business, Aldemo's is the kind of family-owned trattoria one would hope to find in the likes of Naples or Florence. Grab a private room for a family function, or just grab a pre-curtain menu right before a show- you've just gotta be out in an hour.

Adelmo's Ristorante, 4537 Cole Ave, 214.559.0325,

5 MoMo's Italian Restaurant

Heralded as being the most authentic Italian eatery in Dallas, MoMo's has all the things one would want from such a place: menu items you can barely pronounce (i.e. Chiocciole alla Maremmana), a wealth of delicious calzone options, and a full bar. Plus you've got a great patio with a view of Knox Street for people watching, and an extremely helpful staff who are ready to translate whatever you fancy.

MoMo's Italian Restaurant, 3312 Knox St, 214.521.3009,

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