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New Italian-inspired restaurant Il Bracco opens in Dallas' Preston Center

Italian-inspired restaurant Il Bracco opens in Dallas' Preston Center

Il Bracco
That's Italian (inspired). Photo courtesy of il Bracco

A new restaurant from Houston veterans has debuted in Dallas: Il Bracco, an Italian-inspired neighborhood restaurant and bar opened at 8416 Preston Center Plaza, inside the The Plaza at Preston Center, on May 28.

Il Bracco is from Robert Quick and Matt Gottlieb. Quick worked for Thomas Keller at Ad Hoc and Bouchon before joining Hillstone as a kitchen manager. Gottlieb was a general manager with Hillstone Restaurant Group, including eight years in the Dallas market running Hillstone, R+D Kitchen, and Houston's.

"Il Bracco offers a fresh take on classic Italian dishes with everything made from scratch including breads, pastas, and sauces," Quick says in a release. "Fresh fish is delivered daily, and all proteins are butchered on-site."

Food
The menu includes: house-made focaccia with ricotta, garlic, and thyme; crispy artichokes; and meatballs with a blend of beef, lamb, and pork topped with tomato gravy.

Salads include burrata salad and chicken salad with golden beets, pancetta, marcona almonds, and goat cheese.

Sandwiches include fried chicken sandwich with an Italian twist, with sundried tomato, provolone, arugula, and fennel; and the classic Italian combo with charcuterie, mozzarella, and hot pepper relish.

Pastas are made in-house and include gemelli with spicy vodka sauce, and Marsala trumpets with trompetti, trumpet mushrooms, garlic, and marsala.

Entrees include Mediterranean sea bass with mint gremolata and snap beans; thick-cut porchetta topped with herb salad; chicken piccata with kale salad; tenderloin; and eggplant parm.

Drinks
The wine list includes Italian varietals and New World wines. Cocktails include the Bracco with New Amsterdam, Aperol, and grapefruit; and Asti 76 with Tito's Lemon, Moscato D’Asti, and cucumber.

Design
Designed by Dallas-based architects, Zero3 Design, the 3,200 square foot restaurant seats 74 in the dining room, 18 at a full-service bar, and 46 on the patio. The interior design pulls from different time periods and uses luxury neutrals, such as wood, brass, terrazzo, and leather.