No passport? No problem! These four restos are serving up authentic cuisine that will transport you to different places. All you have to pack is your appetite.
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1. 400 Gradi
Bringing his strong passion and love for food, restaurateur extraordinaire Johnny Di Francesco has whipped up a fabulous new culinary venture: 400 Gradi, nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas. From across Melbourne to Brunswick to Essendon and several other locations, the brand has finally arrived in Texas, the first spot to debut in the United States. Offering a delightful mix of locally sourced ingredients with specialty items imported from Italy, the traditional fare will have you feeling la dolce vita. 2000 Ross Ave., Ste. 140, 972.850.9053, 400gradi.com
Omar Flores’ culinary chops shine through each dish at his latest concept, Muchacho. Nominated as best chef in 2015 and 2016 by the James Beard Foundation, Flores is a mastermind in the kitchen. At this Preston Hollow hub, he presents exceptional ingredients and a high-quality atmosphere to match. Muchacho provides an unparalleled Tex-Mex experience and will take diners on an exotic journey of flavors. 4011 Villanova St., 469.513.2944, muchachotexmex.com
Husband-and-wife duo Dino and Megan Santonicola welcome Dallasites to their authentic Southern Italian ristorante not just as patrons, but as part of their family. Experience Neapolitan cuisine at its finest at the much anticipated Partenope Ristorante, serving culture and experiences on the same plate. Get cozy at this downtown spot and hunker down for a multicourse meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, attend one of the restaurant’s pasta- and pizza-making classes. You might even learn some Italiano. 1903 Main St., 214.463.6222, partenopedallas.com
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