La Stella shrewdly opened a several months forward of Carbone in the room that previously housed Flora Road Café, but it is Carbone that has gathered the most focus, with a reservation list extra jammed than Central Expressway on a Friday afternoon. In the meantime, we ended up ready to nab a table for two at La Stella on a Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. on just a several days’ recognize.
At the helm of La Stella is chef Luigi Iannuario, who was born and raised in Italy and whose occupation has spanned all over the place from private chef to Michelin-starred dining places. “Verace” means “authentic” in Italian, and La Stella Cucina Verace interprets “verace” as “a way of everyday living and an appreciation for good food stuff, excellent wine, and the very good lifetime,” according to its marketing.
La Stella suits in with their Arts District deal with, with an interior steeped in daring hues, splashes of neon and present day decor. A white piano sits just within, and dwell music kicked in about midway by our visit. Servers are sharply attired in shirts, ties and La Stella branded aprons, and ours was brief to offer you a bit of Iannuario’s history, as very well as recommendations as we navigated the menu.
La Stella’s menu breaks down into four sections: antipasti (appetizers), primi (pastas), secondi (entrées) and contorni (sides). In a natural way, our waiter proposed two of us share a few appetizers and pastas, then settle on an entrée and sides for each and every. Even with fair part measurements, it would be a ton of food stuff. In its place, we opened with a 50 percent-dozen of the stylish raw oysters ($26), served chilled with a portion of caviar and a Champagne-cucumber granita, together with the daily bread provider ($11 for every individual) that came with two sorts of bread, a sampling of olives and chunks of Parmesan and pecorino cheeses.
We caught with a pair of pasta dishes for our major classes La Coda ($27) was a prosperous oxtail tomato and white wine sauce served with rigatoni that was hearty and advanced, and Genovese di Mamma ($26) that offered a Neapolitan model braised quick-rib sugo. The Genovese was a stable, albeit an fascinating choice, as Iannuario at the time informed us a decade in the past that quick ribs ended up an overdone alternative of the Dallas cafe scene. Plating on all of our dishes elevated the food items to close to creative levels.
By deciding upon pasta as our entrées, we left some area to sample La Stella’s dessert menu. There’s a scrumptious-sounding Nutella semifreddo and a range of gelatos and sorbets, but we settled on the tiramisu ($15), which experienced a mascarpone mousse and espresso and cocoa-soaked ladyfingers, served in a chilled stainless metal martini glass, and flute of dwelling-made limoncello ($14) to clean it down.
Of training course, upscale Italian dining will come with an upscale rate tag, and a quick tally of the foodstuff previously mentioned set our tab about $130, and which is ahead of sampling something from La Stella’s remarkable wine record or a cocktail from the bar. Perusing the entrées portion of the menu, the variety begins with a sous-vide and charred octopus for $44, and stretches to a 28-working day dry-aged 36-ounce steak Florentine for $178.
As we pointed out final calendar year, the bounty of increased-end restaurants coming to Dallas is not new, as massive ventures come with massive selling price tags. Numerous of these restaurants have been in the functions for decades, and there’s a balanced urge for food for upscale dining in Dallas. La Stella’s exquisite flavors appear at an similarly exquisite cost, but this is absolutely nothing new for the city, and a truly various eating scene these kinds of as ours will allow for a wide variety of activities at all value points. After all, indulgences, if you can manage them, are what will make everyday living truly worth residing, are they not?
La Stella Cucina Verace, 2330 Flora St., No. 130, 4:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday-Saturday