Photo provided by Tacodeli.


The Scoop: Mille Lire to Open, Tacodeli Expands, and More

Your weekly helping of Dallas food news.

There’s not always enough time in the day to skim a lengthy, re-worded press release that’s been stamped with “breaking” or “exclusive.” And some stories don’t warrant an entire page of prose. Each week we’ll gather the most important tidbits of Dallas food news and post them here, on SideDish. Because sometimes all you need is the scoop.

Ocean Prime to feature James Beard dinner entrée 
Ocean Prime’s executive chef Brian Hinshaw is preparing “The Ultimate Surf and Turf” at the James Beard House in New York City on December 7. In honor of the event, Hinshaw is serving one of the dishes at Ocean Prime. The special: Ahi tuna Rossini with seared foie gras, caramelized mushrooms, carrots, Brussels sprouts leaves, and a truffle reduction. The dish is available now through November 30.

Photo provided by Ocean Prime.

Tacodeli expands into Plano
The popular Austin-based fast-casual taqueria is expanding into Plano with two new location. According to the release:

“Two leases have been signed in the Plano area: Parkwood Village at Parkwood Boulevard and Highway 121 near Stonebriar Centre and Legacy West (slated for opening 1st quarter 2018) and Preston Road and W. Park Boulevard in the heart of Plano near Whole Foods (slated for opening 2nd quarter 2018).”

Empire Baking Company celebrates 25 years of business
The Dallas bakery is celebrating a quarter of a century of business with a series of specials. During the weekend of October 26, they’ll throw it back to their inaugural year by offering product favorites and pricing circa 1992. Features include jalapeño cheddar bread for $5.95, sourdough for $3.00, and pane paisano for $3.50.

Mille Lire to open in The Centrum this fall
Italian chef, Giuliano Matarese, and business partner Brian Ellard are opening an Italian restaurant this fall. Mille Lire, located in The Centrum at 3102 Oak Lawn, Suite 116., will feature a rotating menu of “neoclassic” dishes. According to the release:

Mille Lire’s name is derived from Italy’s former currency, the Lira, used until the early 2000’s when the Euro was introduced. The restaurant will be Chef Giuliano’s nod to “la dolce vita” or “the sweet life” of his childhood, but with new, inspired ingredients.

Guests to Mille Lire will enjoy “neoclassic” dishes that maintain the integrity of authentic Italian cuisine with global influences. The evolving menu will rotate seasonally and incorporate Italian-sourced ingredients like olive oils and cheeses, as well as local produce, meats and more. Also sent directly from Italy are a Neapolitan pizza oven and a pasta-making machine which will allow Chef Giuliano to infuse flavors directly into the 100 percent house made pastas. Craft cocktails and a carefully curated assortment of wines from various regions will also be available.

Eatzi’s Market & Bakery expands
The European-style market that specializes in grab-and-go meals opens the doors to its newest location in Preston Royal Village Shopping Center on Thursday, October 19. The new location features the same meats, sushi, custom sandwiches and salads, pastries, and desserts as its sister locations, and will be open daily from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.