Coffee shop with authentic Italian eleganza opens in Dallas' Bishop Arts
An acclaimed coffee cafe has debuted in Dallas' Bishop Arts: Palmieri Café, known for its authentic Italian approach to coffee, has opened at 307 N. Bishop Ave., in a former beauty spa, where it quietly premiered on December 10.
Palmieri was founded by owner Corrado Palmieri, a native of Italy who opened the first location at the Dallas Farmers Market in 2016. But Bishop Arts has been an area of interest for a long time: As an MBA student at SMU, he remembers going to events such as Bastille Day, and thinking that the neighborhood was the closest to Europe that he could find in Dallas.
When the time came to open a second location, Bishop Arts was his No. 1 neighborhood choice.
He'll join what is now a crowded coffee scene in the area, but he's optimistic that he'll bring his own twist.
"My hope is that there is business for everybody, for myself and my competitors," Palmieri says. "I'll differentiate myself, and one way is that we do authentic Italian espresso, which is far less common."
The menu at Bishop Arts will be nearly identical to the original, with coffee, espreso drinks, gelato, and pastries, including their signature pastry, the pasticciotto, a shell of short-crust pastry stuffed with a warm custard originally from Galatina, Corrado’s hometown in Puglia.
He's also introducing two new ice cream flavors that will be exclusive to Bishop Arts: dark chocolate gelato and strawberry sorbet.
The shop boasts a sleek, dark facade utilizing Palmieri's trademark color scheme of black with red lettering, carried through to the interior which welcomes with a gleaming case of pastries and croissants. There's a backyard patio, not yet open to the public, and they're still waiting on a shipment of custom-made mosaic tile from Italy, which is so very Italian.
"It will add another touch of Italy to the design and atmosphere I want for the shop," he says. "Authenticity is one of the values of Palmieri Cafe and everything has been thought with that in my mind and heart, including making everything naturally, without preservatives or chemicals, and making everything — pastries, gelato, and coffee — from scratch."