Last week Paradiso officially opened its doors to Dallas, and needless to say, it’s the perfect addition to the Bishop Arts District.
Set to the side of the Botanist, a swanky velvet and leather decorated cocktail bar, and Good Companions Café, an English cottage coffee shop with a neighborhood feel, lies the coastal inspired restaurant, Paradiso. The three restaurants were recently opened by Exirr Hospitality on the corner of Bishop Ave and Melba Street, where they share an open and lush patio setting.
Since its soft opening in late August, Paradiso has been serving southern European-inspired cuisine that rivals many spots on the Amalfi Coast. From fried artichokes and shoulder porchetta to cavatelli and wood-fired sopressata pizza, Paradiso blends Mediterranean and California dishes with of course, a Texas twist.
The interior resembles an airy greenhouse with oriental rugs, eclectic art and brass finished dining furniture. Centered in the middle is a large gold surfaced bar, complete with pink velvet high-top chairs. Currently, due to the mild fall weather the patio doors fold back, allowing for easily accessed exterior tables on the shared patio and a light breeze throughout the dining room.
On my Sunday trip to Paradiso I was seated at a half-indoor half-outdoor table, where the waiter promptly recommended their most popular drink, a gin and passionfruit infused cocktail with a mint garnish. Shortly after, we started with a mezze style appetizer of fried artichokes with a lemon ricotta spread. Next, came the cavatelli and with Italian sausage and a winter truffle confit along with the smoked beet salad.
Overall, my experience at Paradiso did not fall short of my expectations; from the open garden-like patio perfect for a glass of rosé with friends, to the coastal European inspired menu, I anticipate my next visit will be very soon.
Until next time,