Don’t let the hard-to-pronounce-name fool you. Zio Cecio Cucina Italiana is a new, casual and family friendly restaurant coming to the old Cafe Italia space on Lovers Lane. It’s set to open Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The open kitchen concept comes from Italian restaurateur Francesco Farris, and the menu features dishes inspired by his Sardinian roots. There’s wood-fired pizzas, beef and pork ragu in a San Marzano sauce, quid ink-infused spaghetti with fresh clams, ravioli filled with potatoes, fresh cheese, mint and a light rosy tomato sauce and braised veal shank in Barolo wine reduction.

‘Tis the season for new Italian restaurants in Preston Hollow. First Dough, then Princi Italia and now Zio Cecio.

Update: The Dallas Morning News Eats Blog reports the opening has been pushed back to Friday, Oct. 21.

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