La Stella Cucina Verace, a restaurant focused on preparing regional Italian dishes, will soon open in Dallas’ downtown Arts District.
Born and raised in Italy, La Stella’s chef, Luigi Iannuario, will reinterpret dishes from different regions of his native country passed down from generation to generation, such as paccheri all’astice, prepared with pasta imported from Gragnano, Naples.
Verace means ‘true’ in Italian, and the team at La Stella interpret the word as nostalgia for family recipes and traditions, and an appreciation for good food, good wine and ‘the good life’.
The restaurant leans heavily on classic Italian cuisine with dishes like fried gnocco balls with salumi and mixed cheeses, saffron risotto and gnocchi gratin. Additionally, the chefs at the new restaurant will dry-age their own meats, including imported prosciutto, which will be sliced at the table before serving.
For dessert, La Stella will offer tiramisu and semifreddo alla Nutella with merengue and hot chocolate sauce, a chocolate confection with a mousse-like texture.
La Stella’s wine list, curated by beverage manager John Dal Canton, will include older vintages of regional wines, such as Barolos and Super Tuscans. Dal Canton has also concocted a number of cocktails for La Stella’s bar menu, taking an Italian approach to classic drinks.
The restaurant intends to add a live music element to its dining room, with possible performances by local artists on weekends. Although La Stella does not have a set date for its grand opening, it has announced its opening hours. Stay tuned to Eater for a more specific opening date.
La Stella Cucina Verace, located at 2330 Flora Street, Suite #150, will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.