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Sassetta will reopen in Dallas, proving it’s a good time for Italian restaurants in D-FW

We count at least eight high-profile Italian joints opening in 2022 in North Texas.

Pizza, pasta and wine restaurant Sassetta, which closed in the Dallas Design District during the coronavirus pandemic, will be resurrected in a new Dallas neighborhood in early 2022.

A new menu item at Sassetta in downtown Dallas will be goat cheese and butternut squash ravioli with pickled raisins, hazelnuts and sage. The restaurant is expected to open in March 2022.
A new menu item at Sassetta in downtown Dallas will be goat cheese and butternut squash ravioli with pickled raisins, hazelnuts and sage. The restaurant is expected to open in March 2022.

Headington Cos. plans to reopen Sassetta in downtown Dallas, in place of the former Americano restaurant at the Joule Hotel. (Americano was also a Headington place; it, too, closed during the pandemic.)

Chef Jason Zygmont will create the menu of pastas, house-cured meats, thin-crust pizzas and seafood entrees at the new Sassetta. Some of the popular menu items from the original Sassetta will resurface, like a spaghetti dish with rock shrimp, pistachio and Fresno chili.

Zygmont previously worked as a sous chef at Per Se, a Thomas Keller restaurant in New York City, and as chef de partie at Noma, a restaurant in Denmark that has received three Michelin stars.

His agnolotti won him the job in Dallas. Pasta hopefuls can expect that dish to make the new menu at Sassetta.

Sassetta’s pizzas, identified by their puffy, blistered crust, will also likely be a draw.

The former Americano has been redecorated to look like the Tuscan city of Sassetta.

Sassetta will arrive at a pivotal moment for Italian food in Dallas. Nonna and Lucia stole the show in Dallas for years before newer additions like The Charles and Fachini arrived. Then came Italian supermarket Eataly and its upscale restaurant, Terra. Lower Greenville spot Sister, a sibling to The Charles, has been a stunning addition, too.

Suffice it to say, Dallas has plenty of great Italian food — even since Sprezza closed on New Year’s Eve 2021.

In 2022, we’ll see even more pasta and pizza restaurants in Dallas. Let’s count ‘em:

Carbone will open where Sassetta was. That’s right, we have enough Italian food in Dallas now that one shuttered Italian restaurant is being replaced with another Italian restaurant.

As long as you’re not counting carbs, this is good news for all of us.

Sassetta will be at 1530 Main St., Dallas. It’s expected to open in early 2022.

For more food news, follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

Sarah Blaskovich, senior food reporter. Sarah writes about restaurants, bars and culture in Dallas. Follow @sblaskovich and ask her what to do, where to eat or where to drink in your area.

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