Hot Spot Tarazza

THE BEST REASON TO VISIT TARAZZA THIS month may be because the restaurant-bar is everything that Sipango, across the street, is not. Where Sipango is all brass and plastic, Tarazza is subtle, cool, and refreshingly quiet.

The dining room evokes a sleek Ta-hitian bungalow, with rattan wingback chairs and muted lighting. Ceiling fans turn lazy circles. A trio of deep leather couches connects the comfortable dining room to the bar.

Call it Gauguin luxe.

The menu features fish, beef, and even quail prepared in an eccentric Pacific Rim-cum-Mediterranean style. If the weather is suitable, you can enjoy dinner or dessert on the patio with a glass of wine or a selection from Tarazza’s ample port and cognac list.

The breeze high above Travis Street is just the right answer to July’s heat-and the view of crowded Sipango below makes you glad you Ye where you are. 4514 Travis St., Dallas.

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