If you walk into the kitchen of Alfonso’s Italian Restaurant, you’ll see flipping, stirring, grilling, broiling and baking. But there’s one thing you won’t see — zapping. “Even to this day, you won’t find a microwave in our kitchen,” says founder and owner Peter Colombo. He says his father, the restaurant’s namesake, was a food fanatic who wouldn’t have approved of microwaves in restaurants. Each meal is made to order, and if you order the chicken parmesan at Alfonso’s, you’ll eat the same meal you would have eaten 30 years ago when the restaurant was established in Casa Linda Plaza before moving to its current location at 718 N. Buckner. Through the ups and downs of the economy, many restaurants have been forced to “cut corners” with their food, but not at Alfonso’s. “We never change the product, even with the rising costs. I use the same cheese I used 30 years ago,” Colombo says. “Consistency. That’s the key.”
Alfonso’s Italian Restaurant, 718 N. Buckner, alfonsosItalianrestaurant.com, 214.327.7777
Ambiance: dressy casual
Hours: Mon-thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat. 11 a.m.-10p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Did you know? Alfonso’s also serves seafood dishes, such as fresh broiled Salmon and fresh baked Halibut.
| Longest-standing Italian spots |
1 Scalini’s Pizza and Pasta
Who doesn’t love a good hole-in-the-wall? Scalini’s thin-crust pizza is a Lakewood favorite even food snobs rave about. Hurry in before the place fills up!
2021 Abrams, 214.821.8088
2 Angelo’s Spaghetti House
Angelo’s has been an East Dallas staple since 1992, and if you’ve ever tried their lasagna, you know why. Cuddle up with a date in one of their many cozy corners, and top the night off with bread pudding.
6341 La Vista, 214.823.5566
3 Prego Pasta House
You can’t talk about long-standing Italian places without mentioning the classic Prego Pasta House. If a blast-from-the-past isn’t enough to get you in the door, its pizza should.
4930 Greenville, 214.363.9204
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