Iconic Dallas hotel, The Joule, recently opened a stylish new Italian restaurant, and it’s a welcome addition to the downtown food scene. We got a peek at the menu before Americano officially opened its doors and loved the experience from beginning to end. Any place that has a Negroni on tap, impressive charcuterie board, and homemade pizza is a good place in our books.
We were seated on the patio, and it immediately felt reminiscent of our recent trip to New York. We loved the 6 o’clock people watching in the heart of downtown, and although the scenery was different than the bustling streets of NYC, the huge open windows created a lively ambiance.
As we like to do at most new places, we put the decision-making in the very capable hands of our waiter. He suggested we start out with one of the cocktails on tap – the Neroli Negroni (I’m having a Negroni moment right now), and the Bianco Spritz (bright and refreshing).
We were promptly impressed with the charcuterie board of house-cured meats and cheeses served on a beautiful piece of 100-year-old Italian wood. The intro continued with lightly fried artichokes and pillowy arincini stuffed with teleggio and porcini mushrooms. Things were off to a delicious start.
Next up was the pizza, and as you can imagine, we had a hard time choosing considering we love all the ‘za. Per our waiter’s suggestion, we tried the pumpkin blossom pizza with ricotta, mozarella and lemon aioli. The crust was light and crispy and bubbled up around the edges, creating a perfect base for the simple and seasonal toppings.
Although we skipped the pasta to save room for the large plates, fellow foodies have raved to me about the butternut squash tortellini. The Steak Fiorentina, a 32 oz. Porterhouse on a bed of white bean ragu, was an impressive menu item (both price tag and presentation), yet not a personal favorite. The meat was cooked and seasoned well, but the white bean ragu left a little something to be desired.
Our waiter hardly hesitated when we asked what we should end the meal with, and brought out the pana cotta. It definitely ended the night on a sweet note.
It’s safe to say we now have a new restaurant in our rotation, and you should, too.
xo – lexi
Americano graciously paid for our meal, but as always, all opinions are our own.