Nonna is a non assuming little restaurant spot located in a strip mall across the street from my Whole Foods. I've driven past it countless times and finally made my first reservation a couple weeks ago. Nonna has received accolades from the likes of Bon Appetit magazine, NY Times, and Dallas' own D Magazine. I was truly looking forward to their spring menu featuring Roman dishes and couldn't have been more thrilled with what we were served.
We began with a large format Barolo (don't judge, we can handle a liter of wine very easily!). Our favorite antipasta is a good salumi plate, so that was an easy choice. Each table is welcomed with warm from the oven bread. For the main course, or courses in our case, we ordered the Five Course Pasta Tasting. The tasting was a great way to enjoy a tour of Nonna's opinion of Italian dishes. I like how Nonna made these traditional Italian pasta dishes seem more contemporary and trendy with Uni and Saffron and added a little Texas heat with fresh peppers. Even so, the effect from the diverse pasta plates gave you a worldly, Roman feeling.
Serralunga D'Alba Barolo
Artisanal Pecorinos and Salumi: Moliterno al Tartufo, Pecorino Nocino, Pecorino di Pienza a Crosta Nera, speck, coppa and fennel salame
|Bread served fresh from the brick oven|
Cacio e Pepe - My favorite Roman pasta dish
Spaghettini Neri with baby Manila clams, Uni, white wine, shallot and Calabrian hot pepper
Tonnareli alla Carbonara: pancetta, farm egg, pecorino and black pepper
Papparedelle al ragu Bolognese
Saffron Pennette cooked like risotto with white shrimp, oven dried tomatoes and squash blossoms