The restaurant, which opened in January 2017 in the Waterside shopping center, slid in at No. 10 — no slouch in a state this big.
"I’m shocked — shocked — that the arancini here have not been designated a controlled substance," Texas Monthly food critic Patricia Sharpe writes. "You can tell by looking at people’s faces that these oozy fontina-filled risotto balls are addictive. Why, I saw whole families openly indulging, right there in the spacious dining room and on the deck out front."
The entry also praises the restaurant's range of offerings, from Roman-styled pizzas to more exotic offerings such as squid-ink bucatini with Gulf shrimp.
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In her Star-Telegram review of Piattello, contributor Anna Caplan had similar praise, calling Piattello a remarkably unstuffy temple of stellar food and drink (an L-shaped coffee bar serves housemade pastries daily beginning at 7 a.m.), where innovative ingredients reign but pizza and eggplant Parmigiana can also be found on the menu. " Later in the review, she writes: "At three separate visits spread over a month, the only disappointment was that each meal had come to an end.."
Paslay's other Fort Worth restaurant, Clay Pigeon Food & Drink, earned an honorable mention on the magazine's 2015 list..
Houston's Xochi, a Oaxacan-inspired Mexican restaurant that features, among other items, eight varieties of mole dishes (including pork-rib meat in ant mole), topped the list. Houston dominated the list, with four restaurants making the cut; Austin has two and San Antonio has one on the list.
Piattello is at 5924 Convair Drive No. 412 in Fort Worth. For the full Texas Monthly list, go here.