Italian Restaurant La Stella Cucina Verace to Open in Dallas Arts District

The new Italian restaurant from Chef Luigi Iannuario will replace Flora Street Cafe in downtown Dallas.
Italian Restaurant La Stella Cucina Verace to Open in Dallas Arts District
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Downtown Dallas is getting a new Italian restaurant.

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La Stella Cucina Verace is set to open at 2330 Flora St #150, directly across the street from the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear Opera House. The location was previously home to Flora Street Café from iconic Dallas chef Stephan Pyles. It closed in early 2020.

While an exact date has not been announced, it is expected to open this winter.

At the helm of La Stella is Italian-born chef, Luigi Iannuario, who received his culinary degree in Milan. Iannuario’s experience includes working for several famous chefs at Michelin restaurants in Europe. Most recently he was the executive chef of Da Mario Ristorante Autentico, an Italian fine-dining restaurant at Frisco’s The Star that closed mid-2020.

Riccardo Ravaglia, also of Da Mario, will serve as La Stella’s managing partner and maître d’. He brings over 22 years of international industry experience to the restaurant having previously worked for Cipriani.

John Dal Canton will be La Stella’s beverage director. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he has worked for Crafted Hospitality celebrity chef, Tom Colicchio, and at the Cowboys Club in Frisco.

La Stella is a concept from Tricolore Pride LLC. The 5,000-square-foot space will feature a bar in the center, a live music program, and a section that’s available to rent for private events. The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday for dinner service.

La Stella’s menu will include dishes such as Gnocco Fritto con Salumi e Formaggi Misti, Fra Diavolo with lobster, tomato, and lobster fumetto, and Gnocchi Gratinati. According to an official statement, the restaurant brings a classic, honest and simple approach to the real “Cucina Italiana” that emphasizes the importance of showcasing the Italian art of cooking where tradition meets innovation.

Danita White

Danita White

Danita White is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. Born in Georgia and raised in Texas, she reports on new and forthcoming businesses in the Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth markets.
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