Patrizio Italian Highland Park Village, Dallas, Texas 214-522-7878
Dallas Restaurant Review:
When it comes to outside dining, Patrizio restaurant is "Numero Uno" in Dallas -- food, ambiance, & price. And it's great inside, too.
SETTING - The world's first shopping center, the legendary, upscale, Spanish-motif 1930's Highland Park Village -- at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane & Preston Road.
FOOD - For a starter, try the Crab Cakes with Basil Aioli sauce, served on a wonderful bed of greens -- 3 crabcakes which could even make a light lunch. I also recommend the Iron Skillet Mussels (with hot clarified butter) -- almost as good as lobster. The Bruschetta is good, and they also have a lengthy list of salads. For entrees, Patrizio's specialty is pastas, plus they typically have a fish and a veal dish as a "special". There are at 15-20 pastas. Some are classics, and some are creative. I especially like the Ravioli with Artichoke Hearts, the Conchiglie con Spinachi (shell pasta tossed with spinach, smoked bacon, and oven-cured tomatoes), and the Penne Caprese (penne pasta with tomatoes, asparagus & lemon butter). Prices are reasonable -- especially for Highland Park -- $10 and under at lunch, a couple bucks more in the evening. Excellent cappuccino, too.
WINE - Extensive wine list, something for everyone, many of them moderately priced. Mingled in are a lot of higher priced wines if that's what you like.
AMBIANCE - The interior is understated but elegant. There are "Old Masters" paintings on the walls, carved beams, marble topped tables, and a great little bar (try the fresh-made frozen peach Bellini's -- best in Dallas). The large patio is shady and extremely popular at lunch. Arrive early or late, or you'll have to wait. The crowd starts out as a mix of business types and well-to-do Park Cities housewives -- then transitions to retired CEOs, beautiful people, more well-kept-women dripping with jewelry and "trust-fundians" with time on their hands. They come and go all afternoon, apparently unencumbered by jobs. The patio is softly-lit in the evening. If you want to see their menu, click here.
BOTTOM LINE - Patrizio's outdoor dining was awarded a "Top Table" by Gourmet magazine. Inside or outside, Patrizio is a place that you can be ritzy without busting your bank account. Take someone you want to impress.