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May 3, 2003
From journal Dallas must do's and dont's
September 30, 2002
We were soon ushered into the main dining area that seemed warmer for the maroon and green color schemes, the burnt orange tiles on the floor. A mural of the Italian countryside is on one wall near a picture in a gilded frame of Pope John Paul shaking hands with someone I assume is associated with the restaurant. Dark woods, dim lighting, and old fashioned, wooden shutters on the windows lend a cozy, romantic air to the place. A red, white and blue banner draped atop one awning reminds patrons of the American setting. Children's menus and vinyl tablecloths invite families to feel comfortable---but whoever heard of a real Italian restaurant where children weren't welcomed?! The bar is sepatated from the main dining area by one wall. Several men in suits and sports shirts were lingering over meals, watching the television tuned to (American) football, so I think i Fratelli's would be a well-suited place to grab a bite or drink after work.
We ordered an appetizer of stuffed artichoke hearts as we perused the menu. The Italian basics were all included: veal parmigiana, stuffed shells, chicken piccata, pizza, etc... I settled on chicken marsala which came with a small side of spaghetti (enough to feed a young child). I upgraded the included dinner salad to a Caesar for $1 and slathered my stirato bread in butter. Everything we were served was marvelous, nothing bland or generic as Italian food in Texas so often tends to be. Desserts were available, but lingering over a cappucino after dinner was enough to top off the meal.
Even though i Fratellis is a chain, I would recommend dining there, and I am sure I will eat there again.
Some Basics: Lunch served Mon-Saturday 11-3 pmLasagna Tuesday---All day lasagna dishes for $4.95
From journal A Family Experience in Dallas