Fachini, Dallas, 5/17/18

exterior
exterior

Fachini is a large second floor place in an upscale shopping village. I would advise using the valet parker near the entrance as parking in the u shaped lot is a nightmare.  There didn’t seem to be a charge for this service.  As you enter you find yourself in a good sized well lit bar area with the dining room across the long hallway.  On the way in you pass by the wood fired oven and grill where the chef had the fire stoked to a red flame.  The room is finished to resemble places of times past with a tin ceiling, tile floor, lowered lighting and formally dressed male waitstaff.  White table clothes and napkins are set at each of the widely spaced large tables or booth seats.  Large photos cover one wall and part of one wall is a glassed in wine area.  The guests are a range of ages and fairly casual.  Service is efficient, friendly and helpful and there is a significant noise level to deal with.  

interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
menu cover
menu cover
menu
menu
table set up
table set up
Frankie admired the floor tile
Frankie admired the floor tile
bar area
bar area

 

As we looked over the menu we were given a selection of housemade snacks – garlic brioche, ricotta cheese, giardinera and copa ham.  All were good.  The brioche was warm, oven crisped and seasoned with chervil and garlic.  The giardinera was a nice mix of things, not too vinegary with just a touch of spice. The ricotta, dotted with olive oil, was creamy and delicious.

welcome snacks
welcome snacks
garlic foccacia
garlic brioche
giardiniera
giardinera
ricotta
ricotta
copa ham
copa ham
Frankie liked them all
Frankie liked them all

 

 

Many of the dishes are made to split and our nice waiter was happy to help with this.  We split the Scampi which was sautéed in a light sauce.  The shrimp were cooked perfectly and nicely seasoned.  It was good but not great.

Scampi
Scampi
closer
closer
wine
wine
Frankie sniffed the candle
Frankie sniffed the candle

 

The Cesare salad is tossed tableside.   The cart has the torn mix of lettuces, dressing, croutons and optional anchovies. The dressing is made in the kitchen and no garlic rubbing of the bowl takes place but it is well assembled and just enough of a show.  It also tasted good.  The anchovies were very mild and there was a good amount of dressing but not overwhelming to the lettuce.  Croutons added a finishing crunch and then a generous amount of fresh grated Parmesan is added to this well done take on a classic.

Table side salad preparations
Table side salad preparations
Frankie watched the action
Frankie watched the action
ready to dish up
ready to dish up
Cesare salad
Cesare salad
closer
closer
Frankie checked her whiskers
Frankie checked her whiskers

 

We also split a 100 Layer Lasagna alla Sunday.   It comes with a spoonful of wonderful fresh ricotta on top and then our waiter was kind enough to add freshly grated Parmesan.  The fresh, thin layers of pasta  were mixed with a bright tomato sauce and then it is finished under the broiler. This gave it a nice bit of crisp on the edge.  It was very savory with tons of flavor.  The huge portion was multidimensional and I would easily order it again.

100 Layer Lasagna alla Sunday
100 Layer Lasagna alla Sunday
closer
closer
with grated cheese
with grated cheese
closer
closer
Frankie pointed out the handsoap
Frankie pointed out the handsoap

 

The Veal Chop Marsala was cooked a perfect medium rare, as requested. It was tender and really full of flavor. It was served with a well reduced sauce that also contained tasty mushrooms . The moist meat had an excellent grilled taste.

Veal Chop Marsala
Veal Chop Marsala
closer
closer
cut
cut
Collin, our helpful waiter, and Frankie
Collin, our helpful waiter, and Frankie

 

For dessert our nice waiter Colin suggested the Cheesecake as he thought it was unexpectedly light.   It was ultra creamy and dense with a topping of whipped cream and bits of lemon sauce on the plate. It was not dry and caked like most cheesecakes and so fit the bill well to end this tasty meal.

cheesecake
cheesecake
from the top
from the top
closer
closer
Frankie wanted in
Frankie wanted in
cooking fire
cooking fire
cool tile floor
cool tile floor
Gloria Fachini 's photo, Barsotti's paternal grandmother
Gloria Fachini ‘s photo, Barsotti’s paternal grandmother
family photos
family photos
Owner Julian Barsotti and Frankie
Owner Julian Barsotti and Frankie

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