Everyone knows about Olive Garden , Macaroni Grill and Johnny Carino’s. They’re the staples of Italian chain restaurants, and they’re getting old. Thankfully, in Dallas, Texas, there’s a plethora of unique and tasty Italian joints to grab a bite at. You won’t ever have to step foot in a chain restaurant again!
Vapiano is a small, modern-looking spot in Mockingbird Station, just off Highway 75 and Mockingbird Lane. With its sparse décor, large wooden tables and endless windows, Vapiano is a change of pace from your usual Italian place. There are no waiters, but this place is still classy. You head up to either a pasta station, salad station or pizza station to order your food. If you’re on a diet, this place is a great choice. Vapiano makes it easy to swap out cheeses, noodles, sauces and veggies. In fact, nearly everything on the menu is customizable; from unique sauces to interesting pasta noodle choices, the options are limitless. They’ve got a fully stocked bar with some great house wines. Flat-screen TVs line the walls in the bar area for the sports-loving patrons.
Monday – Half-price bottles of wine
Tuesday – Buy a bottle of wine, get a free pizza
Wednesday – Ladies Happy Hour
5319 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
Two Guys from Italy
Just south on Webb Chapel Road from Interstate 635 sits Two Guys from Italy, a small stand-alone restaurant with a lot of charm. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but as you enter, you’ll find the ceilings lined with wine bottles, walls covered with murals of the Italian countryside and cozy booths all over. The food is tasty and affordable, as are the drinks. All entrees come with salad and bread. Be sure to try the house dressing; it’s zesty!
During Happy Hours, before 8 p.m. on weekdays, you can get select beers and wines for only $1.95
11637 Webb Chapel Road
Dallas, TX 75229
Nestled away in the small neighborhood of Valley Ranch in northwest Dallas, Bruno’s has a charm that’s undeniable. With menu choices like lobster ravioli, Italian sausage, baked manicotti and shrimp linguini, you can’t go wrong. Bruno’s is small and intimate, yet still very welcoming. Back patio seating offers a beautiful view of the Las Colinas Canal, and Bruno’s waiters are always attentive. The wine list is extensive, and the free bread basket is delicious.
This place is a little upscale, so be sure to dress nice if you plan to stop by for a meal.
9462 N. MacArthur
Irving, Texas 75063