Everyone is in love with Lucia, the darling of the Dallas dining scene. We sent our hard-to-impress dining critic, Teresa Gubbins, to the cozy spot run by Jennifer and David Uygur and she filed this report.
Dallas has a giant crush on Lucia. And why not? She is easy to love. This small, adventurous Italian restaurant has courage, a fierce independent streak, and some sultry handmade pasta, too.
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Lucia is the offspring of Jennifer and David Uygur, who are fulfilling their dream of opening their own place. David built a dedicated following for his creative cooking at Lola, where his precisely rendered culinary experimentation made the restaurant’s limited-seating tasting room the top destination for foodies in the know. Jennifer is the slow-food enthusiast and former wine manager at the Dallas Central Market.
At Lucia, Uygur departs from New American cuisine, an act inspired by his wife’s love of Italian food. Her aunt was an opera singer, and a teenage Jennifer went to Verona to see her perform. That trip educated her palate. Uygur had his own Italian connection. Right after he got out of culinary school, he worked for Basil’s in Austin, where they make fresh pasta every day.
Los dudes over at El Smokeador Y Smokehopper have posted a recipe for a delicious sounding sandwhich. Check it out here.2 Comments »
Ever since signs went up for the new Sylvan Thirty development at Fort Worth and Sylvan Avenues (across the street from the Belmont Hotel) over a year ago, Oak Cliff’s been buzzing about the “organic grocer” that would fill the mixed-use Lake Flato designed space. Whole Foods? Sprouts? Sunflower? Today, the wait is over, and it’s a grocer with local ties: Duncanville’s Cox Farms Market. Go Oak Cliff drove down to the southern sector grocer to check it out and took photos.3 Comments »
According to a loyal Disher, Amici in downtown Carrollton is on fire:
I was at the DART station in downtown Carrollton this morning at 7:45, and I’m sorry to say that Amici’s was on fire. The fire department was there, but there were flames coming out from the roof. That’s where his kitchen was.
I’ve tried calling but the phone is busy.
UPDATE: The nice lady who answered the phone at nearby Babe’s Chicken Dinner House confirmed the fire. Apparently the whole roof collapsed and the restaurant “looks destroyed.”