Where Locals Go

Ferrari's Italian Villa

Review by Frank Geslani | Photos by Lorraine Haan-Stewart

For diners who donテ「冲 venture far from the unknown, Ferrariテ「冱 Italian Villa in Grapevine covers most of Italyテ「冱 greatest hits. But, if youテ「决e suffering from red sauce fatigue, they also know how to throw in a twist.

FERRARIテ「儡 ITALIAN VILLA in Grapevine is the sister location to the enduring Addison original. The sibling reference is an apt one here since famiglia rules both establishments. Owners Francesco and Jane Secchi pilot the floor and charm the patrons. Their son, Stefanoテ「蚤 rising star in the Metroplex restaurant sceneテ「派elms the kitchen. Their other son, Gavin, is a brewmaster who is starting to make some noise of his own in the adjoining lounge, FERRARIテ「儡 FLIGHT. Even Francescoテ「冱 87-year-old mamma has a presence in the restaurant. Her portrait hangs in the main dining room and her influence can be seen on the menu. This generational dynamic keeps things lively.

The wood-fired oven that greets guests when they enter also happens to churn out amazing iterations of grilled and roasted meat and seafood, a nod to Francescoテ「冱 Sardinian roots. Chilean sea bass gets a satisfying, oven-baked sear, but stays pillowy moist within. Stefanoテ「冱 youthful touch graces dishes like Ravioli Stefano, a traditional ricotta-filled pasta enlivened by sundried tomato, mushroom and tomato cream. He also does a playful take on a wedge salad with creamy Gorgonzola and toasted hazelnuts. Not to be outdone, mamma also makes her mark. Lasagne Pasticiatta is described as テ「徇essy like mamma does,テ「 and the eponymous Gnocchi della Mamma is a carb-loverテ「冱 delight. But, to really make mamma proud, the restaurant ups the hospitality quotient with a complimentary round of the famous house focaccia, which almost steals the show.

Keep an eye out for specials, especially the fork-tender Osso Bucco alla Milanese. Itテ「冱 the kind of carnivorous magic that only happens after four, wellspent hours braising. Another Sardinian touch is roasted rack of lamb perfumed with mirto (myrtle leaf). Itテ「冱 a refreshing, pleasantly authentic flavor that showcases Sardiniansテ「 proficiency with roasted meats.

Italian food always leaves me too full for dessert, but that never stops me from having it. Ferrariテ「冱 specializes in dessertas-spectacle. This is canテ「冲-miss entertainment. Francesco shows off his flair for theatricality with delights prepared tableside, cultivated from years working on a cruise ship. Crepe Suzette is dramatically flambeed. A decadent affogatoテ「蚤 kind of Italian sundae made with pistachio ice creamテ「琶s drenched with espresso and topped with chopped hazelnuts. Itテ「冱 at this point that you really do cross that line of overindulgence, but itテ「冱 all good.Mamma loves a big eater.

Ferrari's Italian Villaテつ |テつ 1200 William D. Tate Avenueテつ |テつ Grapevine
www.ferrarisrestaurant.comテつ |テつ (817) 251-2525