The dining scene continues to change at the Preston Royal Shopping Center. A couple of months ago we told you about the new folks at Popolos. But if you’ve wondered what happened to the folks who used to be there, we found two of them just a crosswalk away.

Chef Los Akins and Sandro Tamburin left Popolos to open Dolce Oliva, our area’s newest Italian restaurant, on the opposite side of Royal in the former Roberto’s location.

Frequent Preston Royal passersby may have noticed construction at the restaurant for quite a while before its September opening. One step inside reveals why. The dining room, which an anonymous source at Dolce Oliva called once “dark and dingy,” is now light and bright. The colors are softer, as are the furnishings, and the rooms feel bigger thanks to a higher ceiling.

Back in the kitchen, Chef Akins keeps the focus on freshness, with all stocks, breads, pastas and sauces made in house. The menu includes a variety of Italian offerings, including a good mix of pizzas and calzones, plenty of salads and pastas and house specialties such as quail, jumbo scallops and Chicken Scaloppini, shown below.

5956 Royal (at Preston) ~ 214-368-5039
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;
Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m.
$$, OD

Chicken Scaloppini (Serves one)
3 ounces Pappardelle pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chicken breast
1 oz. lemon zest
1 oz. chicken stock
Juice of two lemons
1 teaspoon capers
1 garlic clove, minced
Italian parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the chicken breast by pounding flat and dusting with flour. Boil the pasta for three minutes. Remove from water and saute with garlic and olive oil in a skillet for 30 seconds. Remove the pasta and place chicken in same skillet, sautéing on each side for one and one-half minutes. Remove chicken and combine lemon zest, capers, garlic, parsley, chicken stock and lemon juice in skillet. Add salt and pepper to taste. Plate the pasta, placing chicken over it and drizzling the sauce on top.

Arts & Entertainment

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse Friday, Nov. 7, Malvinas with special guest Crow Johnson, $10; Nov. 14, Brooks Williams, Rollyn Zoubek opens, $12; and Nov. 21, Christine Lavin, $15 in advance, $18 at the door. A smoke-free, alcohol-free venue for live music. All shows start at 8 p.m. Northpark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central. For information, call 214-363-0044 or visit

Twentieth Century Classics Friday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m. World-renowned cellist and Meadows faculty member Nathaniel Rosen performs Hindemith’s Concerto for Cello. The concert also includes one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire, Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Tickets are $6-$12 for single performances with subscriptions starting at $30. Caruth Auditorium in the Owens Arts Center, 6101 Bishop, SMU campus. Ticket office: 214-768-2728.

DCM’s Diwali Festival Through Friday, Nov. 21. The Dallas Children’s Museum presents the story of this Hindu festival with puppets. Participants are encouraged to wear Indian garments, wrap a turban and decorate hands with Hindi henna patterns. $4 children 2 and older, $3 adults, seniors and children 2 and under free. 308 Valley View Center. 972-386-6555 or visit

Mandy Patinkin Concert Sunday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. The National Council of Jewish Women’s Greater Dallas Section presents the Tony- and Emmy-award winner in concert at the Charles W. Eisemann Center. Tickets are $52 to $152, benefiting NCJW projects. 2351 Performance, Richardson. Call 972-744-4650 or visit

An Evening of Scenes Monday, Nov. 24, and Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m. The Meadows Opera Theatre presents this free show at the Margo Jones Theatre, 6101 Bishop. Call 214-768-2787 or visit

Pugsley’s Library Live music on Saturdays. Openers 7-8:30 p.m., headlines 9-11 p.m. 2443 Walnut Hill. For information, call 972-243-1111 or visit

Movie Time Every first, third (and fifth, when applicable) Tuesday of the month, 10:30 a.m. Each session includes an interactive discussion following the film’s conclusion. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact

Art Classes Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon Artist Veronique Jonas leads the class in ceramics and painting. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact


Bridge Tournament Sunday, Nov. 2, noon-4:30 p.m. The Jewish Community Center and Valley View Bridge Club present this first annual event. Gerrie Owen, Oswald Jacoby award winner and co-owner of the Valley View Bridge Club, is the speaker and tournament director. Lunch and a lesson precede play. Registration deadline is October 30. $15-$30, depending on JCC membership and lunch. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact Lisa Brodsky, Adult Programs Director at 214-739-2737, ext. 270 or email, or visit

Jewish Recipes Thursday, Nov. 6, noon-2 p.m. Former New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton discusses her new book, The New York Times Jewish Cookbook: 850 Traditional and Contemporary Recipes from Around the World. Lunch and recipe swapping included. At the home of Lizzy and Jules Greif. $25. Registration deadline is November 3. For information, contact Lisa Brodsky, Adult Programs Director at 214-739-2737, ext. 270, or email, or visit

Photography Club Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Coordinator Mel Bruck focuses each session on the various elements of photography. Bring in photos for review. Some classes include outings to local sites for picture taking. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact

Family & Youth

Youth Chess Tournament Sunday, Nov. 16, 12:30-6 p.m. The JCC’s Distinguished Author and Speaker Series presents this first annual event. Co-sponsored by USA Chess Inc., the tournament is open to players of all levels, kindergarten through Grade 12. This is an unrated tournament directed by Life National Master Noureddine Ziane, president of USA Chess Inc. There will be four rounds of play for all entrants, with no elimination. Groupings based on age and ability will be determined once pre-registration is completed. Lunch served; snacks and drinks between rounds. All participants will receive medals, and prizes will be awarded to the tournament winner(s). Registration deadline is November 12. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For more information, contact Lisa Brodsky, Adult Programs Director at 214-739-2737, ext. 270, or email, or visit

Special Guests at Dallas Children’s Museum Saturday, Nov. 22, 9:30-11 a.m. Camp Valley View Kids Club at the DCM welcomes Eddie Coker for a morning of song and fun, with a visit from Santa Claus and Tom Thumb. Free to members, with one-year memberships available at the museum for $10. For more information and to RSVP, call 972-661-2426.

Health & Fitness

Jazzercise Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Dance and get fit at the same time. $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members per session. Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact

Stretching and Exercise Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Stretching and low-impact group exercises with instructor Dorothy Gross. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact


Branch Exhibits Through November. Allison Chase’s Collectible Bells. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.


Barnes & Noble Events Sunday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m. Laurie Moore will sign copies of Constable’s Run; Wednesday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. Holly Bea will read Thank You, God at story time; Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Fran Di Glacomo will sign and discuss I’d Rather Do Chemo Than Clean Out the Garage; Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Jeff Abott will read, discuss and sign Cut and Run; Saturday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m. Alan Colmes will sign Red, White, and Liberal; Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Mary Cimarolli will sign and discuss The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter; Friday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. Peter Post will discuss and sign Essential Manners for Men: What To Do, When To Do It and Why. 7700 Northwest Hwy. 214-739-1124.

Distinguished Author and Speaker Series Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Pulitzer prize winner and Watergate scandal breaker Carl Bernstein. Bernstein, author of All the President’s Men and The Final Days will discuss his new book, Hillary Rodham Clinton, A Biography. Ticket prices are $12, JCC Members, $15, Non-Members, $5, students. At Congregation Shearith Israel, 9601 Douglas Ave.; Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Alexander Zapruder comes to Dallas to speak about her book, Salvaged Pages: Young Writer’s Diaries of the Holocaust, a rich collection of diaries written by young people about their Holocaust experiences. Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Mary Blye Howe discusses A Baptist Among the Jews, a book about her exploration of and ultimate love affair with Judaism that reshaped her life and faith. Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Dr. Ari Brown and Denise Fields, authors of Baby 411, discuss controversies such as the anti-vaccine movement, the circumcision debate and the rigid feeding-schedule crowd. At the Aaron Family JCC Taglit Preschool. Tickets are $10, JCC members and $12, non-members, unless otherwise noted. All events at the Aaron Family JCC unless otherwise noted. For information, contact Lisa Brodsky, Adult Programs Director at 214-739-2737, ext. 270, or email, or visit

Book Discussion Group Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m. November book: The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., by Sandra Gulland. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Readers’ Theatre Mondays, 1 p.m. Sharon Cane leads weekly sessions reading various plays, with one or more performances planned throughout the year. No memorization required. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact


Shepherd’s Center of North Dallas Thursdays, Nov. 6 & 13, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Multiple physical activities available: Tai chi, pilates method exercise, wellness techniques and intermediate line dancing. Programming also includes three-member panel discussion, book reviews, environmental issues, medical advice, musical presentations and discussions of local and national subjects of interest. Brown bag lunch; coffee provided; stay for cards afterward. Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood. Call executive director Anabel at 214-350-0465 for information.

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