Adelmo's Italian / Mediterranean 4537 Cole Avenue, Dallas, TX. 214-559-0325
Dallas Restaurant Review:
Imagine that you're in a small town in Italy, not far from the northern border, and you happen into the best little restaurant in town. It's on the upscale side, and it's called Adelmo's.
SETTING - The building is a quaint pre-WWII relic in the hip Knox-Henderson district. Inside, you'll find white tablecloths, attentive service, and a cuisine that is equal parts Italian, French/Mediterranean, and what your grandma might have cooked if she'd spent 2- years at the CIA (that's the Culinary Institute of America - which is like the Julliard School of Music for chefs).
APPETIZERS - Adelmo's Crab Cakes set the standard – all crab, little filler. I also recommend the creamy Salmon Tartare (like a spicy pâté served with toasted baguettes), and the grilled, marinated Quail on Couscous,
ENTREES - My dinner-menu favorite (and their signature dish) is the Osso Buco, a flavorful veal shank cooked so tender, it falls off the bone. The Rigatoni Bolognese (Adelmo's red wine meat sauce) is very popular, and the massive Veal Chop in Green Peppercorn sauce is unsurpassed. If you are more adventuresome, I suggest the Roasted Duck with Strawberry Brandy Sauce or the Rabbit Hunter's Style. And those are just a few of over 20 great dishes – plus half a dozen nightly blackboard specials which are so good, they could be regular menu items. Click here for the dinner menu. Entrees $18-$35.
WINE - Adelmo has a passion for wines, and the selection is brief but adequate; well-chosen and ever-changing; nothing too pricey. But if you're looking for something special, there's a page of "Rare Cabernets & Italian Reds" for $150 and up. Start Adelmo talking about wine, and he may bring out some favorite bottles that aren’t even on the list. They also offer Italian beers and cocktails.
AMBIANCE - Cozy in a European bistro sort of way. Warm chatter; not stuffy. There are 10 tables downstairs, and a similar number up the narrow staircase.
BOTTOM LINE - Going to Adelmo's is like visiting an old friend. It's a charming little restaurant with gourmet food and an old-world atmosphere. Adelmo’s feels like your own secret spot.