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2 of Dallas' hottest chefs partner up for Italian restaurant nirvana

2 of Dallas' hottest chefs partner up for Italian restaurant nirvana

Carbone's
Highland Park Village gets red-sauce Italian à la Carbone’s. Photo courtesy of Carbone's

Two of Dallas' most popular chefs have formed a partnership and will open two restaurants in Highland Park Village. The chefs: Nick Badovinus (Neighborhood Services, Montlake Cut, Off-Site Kitchen, Town Hearth) and Julian Barsotti (Sprezza, Nonna, Carbone's). The concepts are two Italian food restaurants, side by side, allowing diners to savor two different styles and settings.

Fachini is an Italian restaurant from Julian Barsotti, a best chef nominee in our 2017 Tastemaker Awards, that will do "old school, upscale Italian-American dining" and red-sauce classics. Fachini is Barsotti's paternal grandmother's maiden name. Barsotti says he's been waiting for the perfect space.

"Highland Park Village's unique history and prime location lends itself to what I see for Fachini: a romanticized-retro version of the classic, upscale red-sauce Italian-American joint," he says in a release. Confusing, since most red-sauce Italian-American joints are not upscale, but perhaps he'll give it an up$cale twirl.

The food will be "generous, technically precise renditions" of classic dishes. As generous as Buca di Beppa? They're very generous. The menu will include antipasti, salads, macaroni, seafood, veal, steaks, and dessert. Dishes include table-side Caesar, 100-layer lasagna bolognese, whole Maine lobster fra diavolo, and prime-bone-in beef tenderloin à la pepe. Do you suppose there will really be 100 layers on that lasagna?

Perfect Union Pizza Co. is the latest concept from Nick Badovinus, and the release has much positive blah-blah about its bold, straightforward, and honest flavors; its light and sunny atmosphere flowing from the inside of the space to the patio; and the raw woods and warm whites found on the West Coast that inspired the decor.

There is also a quote about the name: "We really wanted the name of the restaurant to reflect how passionate we are about the partnership between us and Highland Park Village, and these restaurants in particular," Badovinus says.

All of that sounds super-duper, but the important thing here is the pizza: Badovinus' creation of Fireside Pies single-handedly changed pizza in Dallas. Much anticipation about this pizza.

In addition to pizza, the menu will include oysters and rotisserie chicken. Pizza and chicken is also the duo that's being featured in the brand-new concept from Fox Restaurant Concepts, so buzz-buzz there. Perfect Union will also have crudos, chopped salads, "spaghettis," a robust assortment of wines, effervescent cocktails, and beers on tap.

The release quotes leasing director Stephen Summers saying that the opportunity to collaborate with two of the most successful chefs in Dallas is incredibly exciting for Highland Park Village, but says nothing about where exactly the restaurants are going.

But Nancy Nichols at D says they'll take over the two-story spot that was once Village Kitchen, Toko V, and Village Marquee, with Perfect Union on street level, in the space occupied by KT Burger, and Fachini going into the old 5 Creeks Tavern, which closed in July 2016.

Perfect Union Pizza Co. is slated to open in late summer. Fachini opens in the fall.