Dallas will get a taste of la dolce vita this fall thanks to esteemed chef Giuliano Matarese and business partner Brian Ellard. The duo is getting ready to unveil Mille Lire, an Italian restaurant “rooted in the tradition and authenticity of Italy with an air of modernity.” Named after the country’s former currency, Mille Lire will take shape in The Centrum at 3102 Oak Lawn, Suite 116.
The restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch, serving authentic, “neoclassic” Italian dishes with global influences. The seasonally focused menu will incorporate specially imported ingredients from Italy such as olive oils and cheeses, as well as locally sourced produce and meats. All pastas will be made in-house, and the restaurant has brought in a pasta-making machine and Neapolitan pizza oven directly from the culinary capital to ensure authentic eats.
On the weekend, Mille Lire will offer something entirely new to Dallas – Italian brunch, complete with a prosecco bar. During happy hour, the restaurant will serve Mille Lire Italian Aperitivo, a selection of small bites and craft cocktails.
As one could guess from the restaurant’s nostalgic name, it’s Chef Giuliano’s way of paying tribute to la dolce vita – that particularly sweet, Italian way of life – of his childhood in Italy. The acclaimed chef honed his culinary skills in his grandmother’s restaurant in Napoli. From there, his career has taken him to red-hot restaurants in New York and beyond, including luxury resorts, Michelin Star restaurants such as Convivio and Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, where he worked under mentor and chef Dante Boccuzzi. Matarese has also made waves in the world of celebrity chefs, appearing on cooking shows Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.
His latest venture will bring a breath of fresh, pizza-scented air to Dallas. The traditional menu will be offset with unexpected ingredients, and the restaurant’s old-world decor will have some interesting, modern touches. A floor-to-ceiling moss wall and custom wine cellar will be the focal point of the dining room. Nearby, a sun-flooded indoor “patio” with floor-to-ceiling windows and a skylight will feature a live olive tree.
Stay tuned for the opening date…