|Ferrari's Italian Villa
14831 Midway Road, Addison (Dallas), Texas
|Dallas Restaurant Review:
This may be a slight exaggeration, but there are probably about 120 restaurants in Addison, on the northern edge of Dallas, and approximately 114 of them are chains. Chains are attracted to Addison like ants to a picnic. Ferrari's is a pleasant exception -- an Addison restaurant with great food, and not a chain.
SETTING - On Midway Road, nothing fancy on the outside, but nice inside. Once inside the door, youíll find a very attractive bar. Ferrari's balances old-world charm (such as the open, wood-burning oven) with a rather casual chic.
STAFF - The irrepressible owner, Francesco Secchi, and his classy British wife Jane, have put their stamp on the restaurant. Patrons are welcomed like friends and taken care of from start to finish. Even when Francesco is not there, his son and staff never miss a beat.
FOOD - You begin with a plate of focaccia bread fresh from the wood-fired oven, served with a red Diablo sauce. Itís on the house. After that, you canít go wrong. For starters, try the classic Cioppino Mediterraneo (a seafood soup). Next are a dozen excellent pastas such as the Scampi della Mama (Grilled Jumbo Shrimps marinated in Olive Oil & Garlic and served over Spaghetti tossed with Kalamata Olives & Sun Dried Tomatoes). You'll find equally interesting Gnocchi, Pappardelle, and Mushroom Risotto, to name a few. Entrees include Chilean Sea Bass with Lump Crab Meat, and a Filet Mignon with a Creamy Red Wine Pepper Sauce. For the compete menu, check out Ferrari's website.
BAR & WINE - Ferrariís has a reasonably-priced wine list, more Italian than Californian. Their attractive bar is the kind of cozy place where you might like to hang out for a pre-dinner cocktail or an after-dinner drink.
AMBIANCE - Ferrari's is colorful, comfortable, and friendly. The wood oven is the focal point of the dining room and adds considerable visual warmth. Ferrari's is also a good spot for lunch.
BOTTOM LINE - A friendly place with superior Italian food. Youíll be back.
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