Famous for its notoriously delicious (secret) meatball recipe, Carbone's is part Italian specialty food store, and part local lunch counter. The whole place is packed with gourmet groceries either sourced from small, high-end purveyors, or prepared in-house. The Dallas market is the ideal go-to spot for cooking provisions -- olive oils, wines, imported meats and cheeses -- while there are a battery of marvelously fresh options available at the deli counter as well. In addition to house specialties like hand-pulled pastas, and fresh antipasti, the counter serves hefty Italian sandwiches and pasta dishes, all made-to-order with the finest of Carbone's house-ingredients (this is your chance to order the meatball sub). While the joint is self service throughout the week, in good Italian form, it serves a massive sit-down dinner every Sunday night.
This Barsotti-run Italian stunner is the most casual among his mini-empire, pairing a small market with sit-down dining. Nab some olive oil, cherry peppers, and bread, plus a frozen lasagna and a jar of marinara to take home for later. And while you’re here, you might as well treat yourself to lunch or dinner. Spaghetti and Meatballs is a classic choice, while the meaty, slow-cooked Sunday Gravy is basically a hug for your arteries.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 214-522-4208 for take-out.