If you’ve never been to Dallas, the restaurant scene is pretty great if you ask me. There are always really cool new spots opening up with fresh and flavorful food, fun atmospheres and unique spaces/decor. As a self-proclaimed foodie and somewhat of an adventurous eater, I love trying out new-to-me dishes and wines (especially when I’m traveling)! With so many amazing restaurants in my city it’s definitely hard to choose favorites, but Dolce Riviera definitely tops the list and is one I find myself going to over and over again. From the second you round the corner from the valet stand you are met with the most beautiful outdoor space: there’s a garden and a concrete patio both adorned with comfortable seating topped with blue + white pillows (pictured above!)… it’ll make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Italy. The exterior bar is breathtaking too with a stunning white marble bar top, bleached wood high-back bar stools and festive Italian greenery everywhere you look. The inside is even better. In the dining room you’ll find the most adorable blue + white gingham slipcovered chairs, marble-topped tables and decorative accents that’ll give you major interior inspiration. And that’s just the space!
All the pastas are handmade in house (my favorites are the papardelle and the truffled gnocchi – to die!!!), the burrata salad is as fresh as it gets and the wine list is divine. So divine, in fact, that Dolce Riviera just won the prestigious 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for their diverse, magnificent wine selections! To celebrate their win, Dolce Riviera invited me to a party featuring a wine + food tasting on Wednesday night which I gladly accepted. Since my mom has been in town, I brought her along with me as my plus one – we had such a good time! We chatted with the knowledgable sommelier (and GM) Danilo Di Nardo who gave us a rundown on his favorite wines on the list. If you’re new to Dallas or coming to the area sometime soon, definitely make a reservation at Dolce Riviera – you can thank me later!
PS – how perfect is this peach-hued dress I found on MAJOR sale a couple weeks back?! It was my last summery purchase, but one I could totally get behind because I know it’s one I’ll wear again next summer (and the next, and the next). A flattering silhouette in a pretty solid color could never be a mistake! Unfortunately it is completely sold out in the color I’m wearing, but I did find it on sale in this deep green that would look beautiful as we transition into fall!