From a couple who hosted a morning radio show in Dallas for the last eight years, Battuto is a casual Italian joint erected in the former Preston & Frankford home of Bill Bates Cowboy Grill and Grover's -- a beloved bar that clearly couldn't Ernie enough money.
The place looks a lot like a Roman diner, with brick archways, leather booths, and Italian touches like a miniature Tower of Pisa on the bar and da Vinci sketches on the walls that glow when Tom Hanks is around and lead you to the Holy Grail, which actually just turns out to be some hot brunette who's related to Jesus.
The bar's loaded with classic 'tails plus professionally curated, chilled-to-55deg-in-these-special-coolers vino that ranges from Cali stalwarts like Chateau St. Jean, to Dom Brut, to Tignanello Super Tuscan, which, despite being from the West Coast, still tastes... uh... super Tuscan.
The chef (who used to work at The French Room) was hired partially on the strength of these three-day short ribs braised in Texas wine.
Then fired for this pile of smoky grilled bread, then totally hired again when they realized that was a jar of burrata.
Other deliciousness counts this uber-rich slow-braised lamb ragu, pasta fazool, and locally sourced bison & pork ragu with pappardelle.
Plus bread-meat-bread options like this prosciutto panini and a veal burger, or pizzas like Bacon Mac 'n Cheese (!!!!!!) or Italian Bacon & Eggs, which combines speck, arugula, truffled cheese, and quail eggs that don't come from a particularly Big Bird.