Princi Italia has a modern, upscale look and authentic dishes prepared by renowned chef Kevin Ascolese, but this isn’t just for the rich crowd. “We’re trying to be very value-driven,” owner Patrick Colombo says. “We’re not dealing with big corporate expense accounts. This is for the neighborhood.” The moderately priced entrées feature pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, homemade pastas and artfully prepared bruschetta (the fig and gorgonzola is heavenly). Colombo’s Italian inspiration comes from a culinary tour with his family of Venice, Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. “I was struck by how simple everything was. There was not a big focus on presentation as much as using a ripe tomato.” Chef Ascolese’s extensive résumé includes his role as an opening chef at The Mansion in 1980 and the mind behind Cru wine bar. Princi Italia incorporates a rustic Tuscan farmhouse design with charming chandeliers made from wine barrels. “It was a very dark space, and we wanted to open it up and make it more lively,” Colombo says.
5959 Royal, Suite 707
Price range: $9-$16 for lunch; $12-$20 for dinner
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 4-10 p.m. Sun.; open until 11 p.m. Fri.
Tip: This winter, the patio will be open and temperature controlled.
More Italian spots
From plain old spaghetti to veal Parmesan, everything is good at this fine dining spot.
5950 Royal, 214.750.0111
2 Zio Cecio Cucina Italiana
Don’t let the fancy name fool you. This is a casual spot but with upscale taste from chef Francesco Farris.
4615 W. Lovers, 214.351.1100
3 Aboca’s Italian Grill
This slice of Italy opened a few months ago at Meadow and Central and offers Italian staples on the cheap with most pastas under $10.
10455 N. Central, Suite 118, 214.346.1700
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