If you walk into the kitchen of Alfonso’s Italian Restaurant, you’ll see flipping, stirring, grilling, broiling and baking. But there’s one thing you won’t see — zapping. “Even to this day, you won’t find a microwave in our kitchen,” says founder and owner Peter Colombo. He says his father, the restaurant’s namesake, was a food fanatic who wouldn’t have approved of microwaves in restaurants. Each meal is made to order, and if you order the chicken parmesan at Alfonso’s, you’ll eat the same meal you would have eaten 30 years ago when the restaurant was established in Casa Linda Plaza before moving to its current location at 718 N. Buckner. Through the ups and downs of the economy, many restaurants have been forced to “cut corners” with their food, but not at Alfonso’s. “We never change the product, even with the rising costs. I use the same cheese I used 30 years ago,” Colombo says. “Consistency. That’s the key.”
Alfonso’s Italian Restaurant, 718 N. Buckner, alfonsosItalianrestaurant.com, 214.327.7777
Ambiance: dressy casual
Hours: Mon-thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat. 11 a.m.-10p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Did you know? Alfonso’s also serves seafood dishes, such as fresh broiled Salmon and fresh baked Halibut.
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During the great ice storm of 2010, the owner was out delivering food. That’s the type of place this is. The deep-dish pan pizzas and calzones are tops.
The giant artichoke and prosciutto salad, tortellini Bolognese and chicken parmesan dishes are yum-mee and ridiculously affordable. The staff will treat you like family. Is that a good thing? You decide.
10233 East Northwest Highway
The Skillman location is a gathering place for Lake Highlands families. The reasons: comfortable and family-friendly environment, competent and amicable servers and quality, piping-hot pizzas.