Carbone, a much-ballyhooed New York import with locations in Miami, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong, has chosen Dallas for its new Vino concept. Just across the courtyard from the mother ship, the stunning, high-ceilinged dining room evokes old-world Italy, while the bow-tie-clad servers, sound track, and lavish Italian American fare channel swanky mid-century New York. Three hits from the Carbone menu are offered, but the rest of Vino’s dishes deserve their own following. Manhattan clams teamed Italian sausage with briny shellfish in a spicy, tomato-infused broth that we mopped up with grilled bread. Equally delicious were the gnocchetti alla sorrentina—pillowy gnocchi in a light tomato sauce with basil and tiny mozzarella balls—and a moist grilled swordfish with tender gigante beans and a green-olive-and-pickled-green-tomato relish. Pro tip: unlike Carbone, Vino seats walk-ins.
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Italian fare and wines from Carbone.