Italian restaurateur Francesco Farris opened Zio Cecio Cucina Italiana, a casual and home-style Italian restaurant, at 4615 West Lovers Lane in October 2011. The award-winning Sardinian chef has since strived to bring real Italian food to Dallas in a comfortable and family-friendly setting. Zio Cecio Cucina Italiana, inspired by Francesco’s nickname “Cecio” and zio meaning “uncle,” is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 pm and also features Happy Hour pricing and specials during the week until 7pm.
Zio Cecio’s menu, carefully crafted by Francesco Farris, features an array of Italian specialties that represent the palate of his Sardinian roots including a selection of appetizers, pastas, risottos, seasonal vegetables and wood-fired pizzas.
Among the many flavorful Italian dishes, patrons can find the following on the menu: Lasagna Della Casa – freshly prepared by Chef Cecio’s insipiration, Carbonara Classica – Eggs and Parmigiano tossed with cured meat, Scottadita Del Limbara – tenderized lamb chops with thyme crust and red Cannonau wine reduction and Filetto Di Salmone – marinated fresh salmon, lightly pan roasted. Farris aims to please his guests and since opening his doors he has planned select wine dinners and specials based on customer’s wishes.
With an open kitchen concept, patrons of Zio Cecio are able to view the masterful hands of Farris as he prepares their favorite Italian dishes. The dining room, seating 75, features worldly accents and includes granite tables and matching bar top, cedar wood beams and a walk-in wine cellar with frameless glass. Black and white canvas photographs adorn the Venetian plastered walls of the dining room along with glass tile and two mirrors stretching from floor to ceiling. Guests can also choose from among the additional 35 seats on the gracious patio.