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North Italia Opens at Legacy West in Plano

All photos by Cori Baker.

North Italia is the latest addition to the dining scene at Legacy West in Plano. A self-proclaimed “love letter to Italy,” North Italia specializes in classic Italian cuisine with a twist of sleek modern flair. The restaurant is an airy and bright space with huge windows and the tables, booths and bar in open view without any dividing walls. The kitchen is walled with glass, providing an open view to diners.

The Chef’s Board from North Italia

From the appetizer menu, the Chef’s Board is a classic choice complete with artisan cheeses, prosciutto di parma and blanched marcona almonds. The roasted peppers, marinated eggplant and grilled aparagus add wholesome vibrance to the assortment, and the grilled bread gives an especially crunchy twist to this classic appetizer.

Grilled Cauliflower from North Italia

The Grilled Cauliflower is a more unconventional appetizer, but also one of the best. The cauliflower may look blackened beyond edibility, it really makes up a smoky yet smooth flavor. Topped with a fried egg and toasted breadcrumbs, and laced with pancetta cream and a hint of lemon, this appetizer is a winner that could stand as a light meal on its own.

Roasted Salmon from North Italia

From the main courses, the Roasted Salmon is lightly breaded and tender, served with broccolina and white bean ragu and a spicy touch of horseradish gremolata.

The Bacon & Egg Pizza from North Italia

The Bacon & Egg Pizza seamlessly melds breakfast and lunch together with a classic Italian flourish. The crust is crunchy thin, and you’ll find no pools of grease on the cheese. It is decked out with rosemary and bay leaves, and loaded with asparagus, roasted potato and garlic confit. A sunny-side up egg is fried right into the middle of the pizza.

The Squid Ink Mafaldine from North Italia

An adventurous-looking (and definitely Instgrammable) main course is the Squid Ink Mafaldine. The pasta is infused with squid ink, making it black without affecting the flavor. The white shrimp and calamari tossed in with the calabrian chili make for a beautiful visual contrast and mellow flavor.

The Tiramisu from North Italia

For dessert, North Italia make the tiramisu its own with a rich mascarpone mousse and kahlua-soaked ladyfingers for a flavor that’s equal-part coffee and rum. The dainty chocolate covered Rice Krispies on top of the cocoa dusted mess of sweetness give just enough chocolate fix and crunch to satisfy.

The Hazelnut Torta from North Italia

However, if you want a fix for a serious chocolate craving with a nut thrown in, look no further than the Hazelnut Torte. This chocolate torte is the ultimate in decadence, served in a pool of Nutella cream pocked with hazelnut toffee, and topped with a soft scoop of salted caramel gelato.

NORTH ITALIA

Hours:

  • Lunch: Mon-Fri
    11am-4pm
  • Dinner: Sun-Thur
    4pm-10pm
  • Dinner: Fri-Sat
    4pm-11pm
  • Brunch: Sat-Sun
    10am-4pm
  • Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs
    3pm-6pm

Where: 7501 Windrose Ave., Ste. D190, Plano 75024

Phone: 214-291-6996

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