Taverna: An Authentic Italian Excursion

Posted by    |    August 1st, 2011 at 7:04 pm

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It’s no secret that Lombardi restaurants are awesome, swanky and a Dallas staple. With a repertoire including Toulouse, Sangria and Penne Pomodoro; you know it’s gonna be good. I recently tried Taverna Pizzeria and Risottoria and will be the first to say, “It’s amore.”

I took a trip to the food-filled country of Italy in May and I’ve pretty much stayed away from Italian food since then. First off, it’s hard to compare American Italian to real Italian; and second, I was sick of it. So after a solid two months, I was ready to return to pastas, pizzas and heavy sauces.

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Taverna was the perfect reintroduction. I forced my man friend to sit on the patio because everyone eats outside in Italy. Also, they have twinkly lights and mist which are a favorite of mine. The menu did not disappoint either. There’s a wide variety but it sticks to true Italian dishes. I regret not getting what they’re apparently known for (risotto) but my Scampi Tagliolini did NOT disappoint. I guess this just means I’ll have to go back!

Top it off with a bottle of wine, an engaging waitress whom I had a lengthy and probably unnecessary conversation with and a warm, chic atmosphere and you have all the ingredients for a perfect Uptown dining experience. It was truly a crowd pleaser.

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Another thing I liked about Taverna was that I could see myself going there on a date, a night out with the girls, but most importantly I could see myself taking my parents there. It’s always great to find a place your parents would enjoy when they visit. AND you can make reservations, which seems to be somewhat of a foreign concept at any restaurant I enjoy. My dad will be so pleased.


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