We've mentioned Partenope in our Dallas Pizza round-up before, but we can't stop thinking about all of their amazing food! We’ve been ordering from them to-go for awhile but finally made it inside the quaint downtown pizzeria for an evening of Italian culture and cuisine!
Updated January 2022
Partenope, owned by Dino Santonicola of southern Italy and his wife Megan, opened last fall and is one of the only places in Dallas where you can find traditional Neapolitan cuisine. Their whole menu, including the wine, is true to the Italian way and it’s such a special (and delicious) experience!
It’s a somewhat hidden gem located downtown in a 91-year old building offering all the old European vibes. You’ll be transported to a romantic Italian restaurant with blue and white tones, dim lighting, and of course a beautiful Neapolitan pizza oven.
You can enjoy all sorts of recipes and dishes from the coast of Italy. We tried the meatballs, margherita pizza, sweet potato gnocchi, the fettuccini bolognese, and the montanella (a Nutella dessert pizza which was so good we didn’t even wait for a pic). They also have keto bolognese so you can indulge guilt-free! And of course no Italian meal is complete without an Aperol Spritz!
P.S. on Mondays, you can score $10 cacio e pepe pasta.
They even offer cooking classes so you can learn how to make a classic Neapolitan pizza yourself. Classes are held on Saturdays (you can also request a virtual experience) and you can sign up at the link in their bio.