When we mentioned Partenope in our pizza round-up, we couldn’t stop thinking about their 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 cuisine and culture!
Updated February 2021
Partenope, owned by Dino Santonicola of southern Italy and his wife Megan, is an Italian restaurant that 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 offers such a special (and delicious) experience!
The Dining Room
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. This spot makes for a great date night or a GNO!
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, which is a Nutella dessert pizza that 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, or you can request a virtual experience, and you can sign up on their website.