Lucia / Dallas, Texas ……
Buttermilk and black pepper panna cotta with cherries and caramelized bread
My favorite food is homemade pasta but when you also add house made salumi and breads to the mix along with a small, chef owned restaurant it becomes my favorite place to eat. Located in the Bishop Arts District in south Dallas this small 36-seat trattoria is what I consider perfection, no wonder NYT has said “Best new restaurant in Texas”. Not going to describe in detail every dish, go read everyone else’s reviews, just look at the pictures (iPhone). This was our meal on July 15th and as every time I have been here, splendid. I will make a special case for a starter they always have on the frequently changing menu. A fresh prune with a small divot filled with a foie gras mousse and topped with sea salt, this is my crack. First time here after putting down 6 of these I ordered 2 more with my dessert. Have never made a trip here without a plate of these.
Cons: a month wait on reservations, but they have 4 chairs looking into the kitchen that are always open to first come-first serve. I would advise from personal experience, be there at 5:15pm to grab one.
Pros: PASTA, PASTA, PASTA!