So you know how Texas is known for Mexican food (aka TexMex)? Well I’m here to tell you that they do Italian food pretty darn well y’all. Can someone feed Texas-native Matthew McConaughey some of this delicious Italian food stat? Because he is still looking scary skinny. I just want to see him looking like he does in those shirtless photos from his Failure to Launch days ASAP.
So ZIO CECIO is a local neighborhood spot in Dallas. It is located in the Briarwood neighborhood, surrounded by small local businesses and family homes. This understated little taverna packs a punch! Everything was fresh and authentic and incredibly tasty. I have been to Italy numerous times and have eaten quite a bit of Italian food around the country. This place is special. I love that the menu items are named in Italian and nothing on the menu is “americanized italian”. To start, the octopus was out of this world – and it was in a red sauce – which I normally don’t eat with octopus. It was so fresh I think it came from 20,00 leagues under the sea.
POLPO ALLE SPEZIE AL CARBONE – aka Tenderized octopus grilled with spicy tomato sauce
My dining companions and I shared multiple items – in honor of the Italian way of life – sharing and eating a lot of different dishes. Won’t complain about that. See below all of the fresh dishes – from the chicken to the mussels to the pasta to the pizza – to see just how this restaurant combats the fast-food-nation reputation of the great state of Texas. PETTO DI GALLO AI FUNGHI – aka Chicken with wild mushrooms
COZZE AGLI AGRUMI E VINELLO – aka Mussels in citrus and white wine
MEZZELUNA ALLA FONDUTA DI PISTACCHIO – aka Ravioli filled with seafood and Ricotta in a pistachio cream sauce
Margherita – aka Tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza
I am reliving the food coma I was given by this meal but I would do it over again tomorrow.