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Wine dinner on a Wednesday at Castello Banfi. OMG, that looks like Karen Cassady from Central Market!

Jimmy’s Food Store. Good News: John Mariani (no, not that one) of Banfi Vintners will be at Jimmy’s on March 3. This John Mariani is the  CEO and family proprietor of Banfi Vintners the distributor for wines produced at Castello Banfi in Montalcino, Italy. Great Italian wine at good prices. I haven’t met Mariani, but I’ve toured the wine-making facilities at Castello Banfi. If you are planning a trip to Italy, I suggest you make reservations at the restaurant on property and please take time to tour the balsamic vinegar cellar. Details and wine below the jump.

Eddie V’s. Eddie V’s Restaurants, Inc. owners and longtime friends Guy Villavaso and Larry Foles have announced that they will open their Dallas Eddie V’s Prime Seafood this April at Avondale and Oak Lawn. They will begin taking reservations for their first evening, April 19, 2010, in early April. The seating capacity is–beat, beat–300. Full release below the jump.

Central Market. Take out Italian from the Central Market Deli—they offer “fresh pastas and sauces. Their stuffed pastas include a hearty ravioli loaded with mozzarella, basil and tomato; half-moons, or mezzaluna, pasta filled with shrimp, lobster and cheese; spinach-stuffed rigatoni and more. Tender fettucini, ricotta cavatelli and rigatoni require just a few minutes of cooking before revealing velvety noodles. And with eight fresh sauces such as prosciutto-loaded Filetto di Pomodoro, creamy Champagne with a hint of red pepper, or rich Alfredo, you can mix and match to create your own perfect pasta menu. Don’t forget the Parmigiana Reggiano!” Yes, don’t forget the cheese.

Tre Amici Prime Steakhouse & Seafood. This spot is now open for lunch and chef de cuisine Chris Hughes has a new menu. Bottles of wine are 25 percent off. They have a nice piano bar featuring Adrian King, which is pretty groovy. Deets below.

Jimmy’s Food Store
We will have a “come and go” tasting between 5 and 7 with 8 Banfi wines and an antipasti table.  We will also have a pre-order sheet of all the Banfi products that will have a BIG Discount on 12 bottles or more.  So if you are a Banfi fan you won’t want to miss this opportunity.  Here are the wines:

•        Maschio Proscecco Brut – $13.99
•        Centine Bianco – $9.99
•        San Angelo Pinot Grigio – $16.99
•        Chianti Riserva – $16.99
•        Belnero Super Tuscan – $39.99
•        Rosso di Montalcino – $20.99
•        Summus Super Tuscan – $68.99
•        Brunello Poggio Alla Mura – $74.99

Even though this is a come and go tasting, please email to let me know you are coming so I can be prepared.  I don’t need to know what time you are coming.  James will also be glad to sign your bottles if you like.  The price is only $10 for this event.

Eddie V’s Primed for Dallas Entry This Spring
Elegant 300-Seat Restaurant on Schedule

for Mid-April Launch on Oak Lawn at Avondale

(Dallas, Texas) — Eddie V’s Restaurants, Inc. owners and longtime friends Guy Villavaso and Larry Foles have announced that they will open their Dallas Eddie V’s Prime Seafood this April in what they consider an ideal location at Avondale and Oak Lawn in near North Dallas. The Dallas Eddie V’s will begin taking reservations for their first evening, April 19, 2010, in early April.  They’ll also begin booking special events at that time.
When planning expansion within Texas, the team saw Dallas as a wonderful opportunity for Eddie V’s.
“Since Eddie V’s inception in Austin in early 2000, many Dallas visitors inquired if we were ever coming to Dallas,” said Mr. Villavaso. “It was never so much if we were coming to Dallas as when.”
Mr. Foles reinforced their enthusiasm.
“We love Dallas, and we had been waiting for the right time and right location,” said Mr. Foles, a native Texan and Austin resident. “And we feel we found it. Eddie V’s will be an ideal addition to the business, social, and cultural blend that is Dallas, Texas.”
Located at 4023 Oak Lawn just at the southern edge of Highland Park, the space is tucked into the southwest corner of the Equinox Fitness Club complex. Eddie V’s leadership collaborated closely with Equinox for the past two years to finally bring the restaurant to fruition.
“Equinox has been a great partner and is very supportive of our efforts,” said Mr. Villavaso.
The Dallas opening follows a number of Texas city successes of late. Already, the Eddie V’s owners have received strong followings in Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston.
“We’ve been humbled and gratified by the incredible support we’ve received for our Texas restaurant locations,” said President and General Partner Jim VanDercook.  “Following Eddie V’s Fort Worth’s great success, enduring accolades, impressive sales and positive response over the last year, we’re optimistic and excited about the future of Eddie V’s in Dallas.”
Eddie V’s sees this as an opportunity to develop and sustain a close relationship among all their restaurants, ensuring that Eddie V’s guests enjoy the same level of food, service, and hospitality everywhere, according to the company.
Mr. Villavaso and Mr. Foles and their entire team strive for a world class experience for all five senses. The company’s longtime associates DPA Architects, Inc., worked closely with the owners to collaborate on a finished product that would be stylish and energetic yet comfortable and approachable.
The Dallas Eddie V’s Prime Seafood experience begins when valet parkers greet guests before they enter wooden doors that lead to the refined interiors that set the stage for experiencing Eddie V’s award-winning menu.  The menu will feature selections from the Atlantic and Pacific, all flown in daily, as well as the finest, specialty-aged Midwestern USDA Prime center cut beef—all served with the Eddie V’s signature warm, genuine hospitality that borders on fanaticism.  A distinctive wine list complements Eddie V’s exceptional cuisine.  Nightly live music in the signature V-Lounge is paired with a raw bar and drink specials to tantalize ear drums and taste buds every day of the week beginning with a 4:00 p.m. Happy Hour.
At the helm of Eddie V’s Dallas are General Manager Mario Vega and Head Chef Brad Albers. They will oversee the 300-seat restaurant that includes multiple public rooms, a private dining room and the V-Lounge, all just minutes from downtown Dallas, Highland Park Village, and the Oak Lawn, Turtle Creek and Uptown areas.  The private dining room seats 50 and can open to the V-Lounge through an artful stacked glass system. Artistic glass accents with cove and accent lighting are highlighted throughout the restaurant. A commissioned painting by Austin artist Pablo Taboada will be featured in the V Lounge and custom lighting, mixed wood finishes and natural tone tile walls will round out the décor of the Eddie V’s Oak Lawn restaurant.
Founded in 2000, Eddie V’s Restaurants, Inc. is a privately held, mid-sized entrepreneurial restaurant group representing three distinctive, casually elegant concepts: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Wildfish Seafood Grille, and The Roaring Fork. Co-founders Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso combined their 30 years of restauranteurship experience and their admiration for great American seafood restaurants to develop Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille. With the development of The Roaring Fork they set out to capture the spirit of bold American West cooking. This company operates their highly profitable restaurants in Arizona, California, and Texas.
For more information about the Dallas Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, please visit “Follow” Eddie V’s on Twitter @EddieVsDallas and become a fan on our Facebook page at

Tre Amici opens their doors for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  Spotlights Two New Dinner Entrees

Chef de Cuisine Chris Hughes debutes a newly designed menu, wine is offered by the glass and bottles of wine are 25% off.

A selection from the lunch menu:

New Bedford Scallops pan seared and nestled in citrus risotto

Spinach salad with fresh pears, raspberries, candied pecans, crumbled goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette

Kobe burger topped with a choice of cheddar, mozzarella or blue cheese
Tre Amici Cheesesteak with sliced tenderloin with fontina cheese, grilled mushrooms, onions and peppers

Parmesan Crusted Red Snapper topped with lemon butter sauce
Seafood Ravioli with lobster and lump crab stuffed in hand-made ravioli
Tre Amici Alfredo with chicken, snow peas and putanesca drizzle

Steaks (All USDA Prime)
USDA Prime Filet
USDA Prime New York Strip
USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye

Hand cut french fries
Baked potato
Sautéed green beans

Lemoncello Cheesecake made with organic lemon and served with blood orange sauce

Two Dinner Additions to Spotlight

After an overwhelming request of the the Steak Caruso, inspired by Enrico Caruso, an Italian opera tenor in the 1800s, Tre Amici has added this off-the-menu item to their official dinner selection.

Steak Caruso A filet grilled to perfection with a sauce consisting of prosciutto, shiitake mushrooms, pecorino cheese, cipollini onion and heavy cream.
& Smoked Prime Ribeye 16oz USDA Prime Ribeye, lightly seasoned, grilled to perfection and served with blue cheese mashed potatoes, green beans and topped with onion strings.

About Tre Amici Prime Steakhouse & Seafood
Tre Amici Prime Steakhouse and Seafood is a four star steakhouse located off the North Dallas Tollway between Trinity Mills Road and Frankford Road which serves prime steaks and fresh seafood with select Italian accents. The 7,900 square foot restaurant offers private dining facilities which can seat 15 to 250 people comfortably and offers state of the art audio visual capabilities.

Tre Amici spotlights live pianist Adrian King Tuesday through Saturday of every week. Adrian’s music career consists of performances for Queen Elizabeth and with the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.