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New Italian Street Food Restaurant Opens in North Texas’ Most Ambitious Food Hall

Italian Job Brings Scratch-Made Pastas and True Chef Power

BY // 10.30.19

A new Italian street food restaurant with scratch-made pasta is coming to mega food hall Legacy Hall in Plano. The Italian Job will open this Friday, November 1 on the first floor, right next to Beijing Brothers.

The very first location, coming from executive chef Clifford Barratt, will serve eight variations of fresh pasta dishes. With a focus on bringing old-world tradition to the modern, the fast-casual market will make pasta daily with high quality ingredients. Pasta options include Spaghetti, Casarecce and Tagliatelle, as well as a healthier Zucchini noodle option.

“There is an energy about The Italian Job that can best be described as ‘veloce,’ meaning quick,” Barratt says. “Our chefs strive to deliver high-quality, fresh pasta at a grab-and-go pace perfect for a Food Hall atmosphere. We are thrilled to test this concept at Legacy Hall.”

Born and trained in South Africa, Barratt has spent a decade cooking for award-winning spots including restaurant, store and market, Old Town Italy in Pretoria, South Africa. Before this, Barratt has opened three Italian food hall concepts in Indiana including a coffee shop and patisserie, a Neopolitan pizza stall and an homage to the Italian meatball.

The Italian Job
Melanzane alla Parmigiana is an eggplant bake at the new Italian Job. Courtesy of The Italian Job

With nine dishes on the menu at the new Italian Job, all are offered for under $10. These include Renzo’s Pasta, made with casarrecce, Mamma’s Red Sauce, bacon, bell peppers, chili and cream, and Cacio e Pepe with spaghetti, pecorino, parmesan and black pepper.

Two options are made with the tagliatelle pasta — Pasta Alla Scorglio (shrimp, rosa tomatoes, lemon, basil, chili and olive oil) and Tagliatelle Bolognese. There’s also an eggplant parmesan called Melanzane alla Parmigiana and The Meatball Bowl, which is a shared plate with focaccia bread and choice between Mamma’s Red Sauce or Dijon sauce.

Besides fountain soda, the restaurant has a sea salt green tea on the menu. Kids meals include a spaghetti with sauce, with an option to add meatballs.

The Italian Job will be open Sundays to Wednesdays from 9 am to 11 pm and Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 am to 1 am.

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