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Restaurant Review: Ristorante Nicola in Dallas

Kevin Marple's picture of pasta with shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and mascarpone cheese.

The June issue of D Magazine is out and in it you will find a review of Ristorante Nicola. Other reviewers in Dallas liked the restaurant more than I did. The food is an upscale version of what I call Highland Park Italian.

However, the people-watching at Ristorante Nicola, near Preston Center, may be the best in town. The scene is a Dallas version of the movie Cocoon—only here the old people are drinking the magic water instead of swimming in it. As the cocktails flow, the patrons grow younger and more energized. Men wearing dreadful comb-overs and pastel short-sleeved shirts tucked into khakis gather around well-manicured matrons. We stare in awe as somebody’s grandmother calls her group to attention. “Watch how many olives I can get in my mouth at one time,” she says, sticking her red-tipped fingers into their martinis and slipping the olives past her lips. Her friends roar with laughter. Recession? Depression? Incontinence? Not here.

Read the whole report here and tell me what you think.