We’ve all been asked this hypothetical question: If you could only eat one type of food while stranded on a desert island or for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Well, hands-down my choice would be Italian. Whether it’s great pasta, pizza or other mainstays like Chicken or Eggplant Parmigiana, it’s hard to go wrong with this type of cuisine.
Tucked in the SE corner of a new shopping center at FM 423 and Lebanon Road, Del Pietro’s checks all the boxes for being a great Italian restaurant. A family-owned and operated upscale Italian restaurant with over 16 years’ experience, they’re “bringing the true flavors of Italy to your neighborhood” and offering authentic, Italian cuisine.
For one, Del Pietro’s makes its own pasta in-house. For those who have never had house-made pasta, the taste is incredible and might make you rethink buying a boxed variety ever again.
On my first visit here, I arrived right after they opened, just after 11AM on a Friday morning and was in the mood to try one of their lunch specials. After debating on whether I should go with the lasagna, I instead opted for the baked rigatoni, which came with a salad or soup for the low price of just $10.
I chose the house salad with house dressing, as recommended by my waitress. Not long after sitting down, a basket of piping-hot, fresh bread arrived.
Another mark of an authentic Italian restaurant is that they serve great coffee, and more specifically, espresso. And since I hadn’t enjoyed a morning coffee yet, I ordered an espresso with cream and sugar. After a few short minutes, my salad and my espresso arrived and they both wet my taste buds nicely for the main course.
The salad came on a small, square plate and featured an ample amount of fresh, green lettuce, sliced red onion, a cucumber slice and bright, red tomato. The House dressing that had come highly recommended was a nice, deep, dark red.
I go hot and cold on salads, eating them frequently for a while and then not eating them at all. But this salad, with the fresh veggies and the homemade, tangy dressing, was delicious.
As for my espresso, it was strong and flavorful, just like I enjoy it. Espresso might come in a small cup, but it always delivers a daily double of incredible flavor and a nice jolt of energy.
When my entrée arrived, and I was instantly impressed. My baked rigatoni was served on a large rectangular-shaped plate and several things stood out immediately.
Firstly, this was a bright, vibrant and colorful dish with plenty of marinara sauce, ricotta cheese and house-made rigatoni, which was covered with provolone. And the fact this rigatoni was baked only heightened the incredible flavors.
Second, despite being a lunch-sized dish, the portion was hearty, sufficient and I knew I would be satisfied.
Not even halfway through my entrée, I was already pondering my next visit. Do I go with the lasagna next time? What about the spaghetti, fettuccine or chicken parm?
Del Pietro’s features all sorts of other house-made pasta like capellini, rotini and other standards like Sicilian Chicken. They also offer paninis as part of their lunch menu, with offerings including grilled chicken, eggplant, BLT, caprese, and prosciutto.
As if that isn’t enough, this tasty spot also offers wood-fired pizzas, which are 12 inches and made Neapolitan style. Among their pizza options are margherita, four cheese, meat lovers and supreme.
For dinner, Del Pietro’s serves a full menu, which includes appetizers like flaming cheese, stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari, fried mozzarella, crostini, and bruschetta.
Also on the dinner menu is a full slate of chicken, seafood and steak entrees. Among the seafood highlights are the Mussels Fra Diavolo, Norwegian Salmon, Branzini and Shrimp Scampi.
If, somehow, you still have room for dessert, choose one of their gelatos or a standard Italian dessert like tiramisu, a Napoleon, cannoli or Italian Cream Cake.
Del Pietro’s just opened in September of 2017, but this small Italian spot in West Frisco has already staked its claim as one of the best Italian spots in Frisco. But of course, you’ll be the ultimate judge of that, won’t you?