Wednesday, February 18, 2009

La Piazza, Fort Worth's Best Italian?

St. Valentine's Day brought F&FW a nice run of fine-dining reviews, including reviews of Grace, Bistro Louise, and now La Piazza restaurants. Thank you Sunni, Jake, and, for this post, Becca/East. Becca was accompanied by husband, Brinton.
On Valentine's Day we decided to try something new. La Piazza is tucked away in a back corner of University Park Village and has been there since 1991.

The entrance is located through the courtyard and the regulars know the parking is located behind the building. So, no need to know you are in an outdoor shopping mall.

Dress code:
My husband was told that there is a dress code when he made the reservation. No tie is required but they ask that men wear a jacket. It is not a stuffy place but it was very nice and the dress code helps with the atmosphere.
(editor's comment: I would go for that reason alone, and might as well require the tie, too.)

There was a fixed price menu for Valentine's Day. We both ordered the salad, which was perfectly cold with crisp, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onion and capers. The salad dressing was a creamy garlic and was delicious. I ordered the veal with green peppercorn sauce and Brinton ordered the sole with lemon butter sauce. I was thrilled with my dish, the veal was tender and the sauce perfect. Brinton said that his sole was good but should have had more than a drizzle of sauce because it was so good. Both entrees were served with sides of roast potato and spinach. For desert I ordered the cheesecake -- good, Brinton ordered the melting chocolate cake -- heavenly.

The service was great and the atmosphere inviting. We will definitely go back.

La Piazza
1600 S University Dr # 601
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 334-0000

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We have only been once and it was on a new years eve when ice foiled our plans to go further from home. We walked in with no reservation and while the place was pretty near empty due to the weather and the reality was that it was likely they would not fill up we were treated pretty poorly. We were informed of the fixed menu and price in a tone that seemed to question our ability to afford the meal. We were told that all they could offer us was a two top in the bar area while the whole of the dining room remained empty during our entire meal. I do have to say that the food was amazing but the snob factor that night has kept us away ever since.