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Princi Italia Bids You Buon Appetito

You’ve had that feeling that you’re really gonna like a place (or a person) the minute you walk in the door, right?  That’s how I felt about Princi ItaliaPatrick Colombo’s new restaurant at Preston Road and Royal Lane is on hallowed ground for many who live in the upscale Dallas neighborhood.  The very popular PoPoLo’s held sway at the intersection for many years.  Well, there’s a new sheriff in town (or whatever the Italian equivalent would be).  And, Patrick’s brought in the big guns with Executive Chef Kevin Ascolese (Mi Piaci, Salve!, Ferre).  Generally speaking, Kevin would rather be on the slopes in Colorado, but Patrick has encouraged him to take more vacations to get his downhill runs in,  and stick around Dallas to run Princi Italia.  I hope he decides to stay for a long time.  Kevin is one of the really good guys in the chef world.  He also has some great ideas, and recipes, to share with us on the culinary plane.  Judging from initial response to the casual, tasty fare at Princi Italia, and the booming business, Kevin might want to look for an indoor ski slope close to Dallas (if those still exist).  He might be too busy to get back to the Rockies frequently.  Our video blog series “Have iPhone Will Travel” brings you a taste of honest Italian cuisine, Colombo/Ascolese style.

BISTRO 31 REVIEW BY JIM WHITE November 8, 2011

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A Mediterranean Love Affair

Alberto Lombardi has hit a home run with his sleek, chic, Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village.  Everything about this restaurant speaks to the consummate talent of one of the world’s great restaurateurs.  Great food?  Natch.  Especially when you hire Eric Brandt (formerly Mansion on Turtle Creek) as executive chef.  Great service?  Of course, Lombardi is the master.  While you’re at it if you can get Marcus Cascio (former Mansion Restaurant GM) to head up operations and training, you’re on the right track.  Setting?  Sublime and comfortable.  And, there’s more on the way with renovations to the patio and the addition of a hip upstairs lounge on the way.  Take a look at our latest “have iPhone will travel” video for a taste, and then do yourself a favor and visit Bistro 31 right away.  It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; whenever you’re hungry!

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