Italian restaurant debuts in downtown Dallas with pasta and great wine

The day has arrived for the Italian great from downtown Dallas: The Stella Kitchen Veracea new restaurant serving regional Italian cuisine, opens in Dallas’ Arts District on March 10.

The restaurant features Italian chef Luigi Iannuario and butler Riccardo Ravaglia, and is located at 2330 Flora St. #150, the space that previously housed the Flora Street Cafe.

As the release notes, “verace” is the Italian word for authentic. They will bring a “classic, honest and simple” approach to Italian cuisine with an emphasis on high quality, fresh ingredients in regional Italian dishes, including:

  • Carciofi alla Romana: Roman-style artichokes with fonduta pecorino and taggiasche olives
  • Agnolotti Pizzicati: agnolotti stuffed with ossobuco, butter and sage
  • Risotto Oro: risotto dyed gold with saffron
  • Cotoletta di Vitello: Milanese breaded veal cutlets with bone

La Stella will also offer a dry-aged meats program, with notable cuts such as a 36-ounce Fiorentina aged for 28 days, a 14-ounce rib eye and the Westholme Australian Wagyu.

Highlights of the desserts include Semifreddo alla Nutella, Faby’s Tiramisu and a seasonal assortment of ice creams and sorbets.

The release says the wine list is one of the largest Italian wine lists found in Texas, inspired by travels through Tuscany, Franciacorta, Piedmont, Abruzzo and more.

Italian cocktail offerings include the June Second with Aperol, Cynar, Solerno blood orange liqueur and Prosecco; Via Flora 23 with Malfy Italian gin, Italicus lemon, lavender and egg white; plus Negronis, Stellinis and Spritz.

Born and raised in Italy, Iannuario graduated in Culinary Arts in Milan, then worked in kitchens across Italy and Europe, including Emporio Armani Caffe in Milan. Most recently, he was executive chef at Da Mario at the Star in Frisco. Ravaglia has over 22 years of experience, including various Cipriani locations in New York and around the world, such as Rainbow Room and Harry Cipriani on 5th Avenue. He too worked at Da Mario.

They will be open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight.

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