NONNA TATA— This cash-only, homestyle Italian eatery serves up authentic dishes that you would be hard-pressed to find outside of Italy itself. Freshly baked focaccia bread is the perfect accompaniment to the hand-rolled pasta. Don’t forget to BYOB. 1400 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817.332.0250.
SAINT ROCCO’S NEW YORK ITALIAN— This Trinity Groves establishment is the brainchild of Dallas’ Phil Romano, an East Coast native with a passion for food and family. The menu includes fresh, comforting staples with a contemporary twist (like a deconstructed Sicilian lasagna) and a welcoming, white tablecloth atmosphere reminiscent of Italian eateries in the Big Apple. www.saintroccos.com. 3011 Gulden Lane, Ste. 100, 469.320.9707.
TAVERNA— This cozy eatery serves up a sophisticated menu of authentic Italian cuisine, including an elaborate selection of ultra-thin crust pizzas handtossed by a traditional pizziola, as well as more elaborate standards like truffle and mushroom risotto. www.tavernabylombardi.com. 3312 Knox St., 214.520.9933; 450 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth, 817.885.7502.
TERILLI’S— Part upscale eatery, part neighborhood hangout, Terilli’s offers a variety of Northern and Southern Italian dishes and fresh seafood, with a classical ambiance complemented by live piano music. Locals love the Italian nachos and crab claws. www.terillis.com. 2815 Greenville Ave., 214.827.3993.