Zio Cecio
Zio Cecio

Zio Cecio

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ziocecio.com/
  • Phone: 2143511100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Farris
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Reserve our air conditioned/heated patio or the main dinning room for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Hannah Thompson 2145665569

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West of Inwood RD
  • Public Transit: There is a Dallas dart system stop right across the street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking.
A word from Zio Cecio
Zio Cecio is an Italian affair with a Sardinian twist; dine on a selection of antipasti platters, or featured pastas and risottos prepared with fresh seasonal vegetables. Or enjoy wood-fire pizzas and signature entrees featuring organic beef, lamb pork, chicken and fresh seafood accompanied by festive wines and specialty cocktails.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Zio Cecio reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
61% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (5)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (3)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Very Non Memorable Birthday Dinner
    Italia4ever
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Way too expensive for the quality of food, a big let down for my birthday. We paid $340 (0ver $400 with tip) for 4 people and my 6 year old had just a plate of pasta. I am a Italian native, born and raised so I am very particular when it comes to italian and did my homework on Italian restaurants in Dallas (I thought), but the menu although had some good choices was not anything but above average overall. I had a meat and cheese antipasto and they brought me a Sardinian goat cheese one small minimal bite and some Spanish machego cheese, salami was store bought, under par in my opionon. Veal and Lamb chop $34 and $42 respectively were poor quality meat with a lot of fat. Tiramisu and crème brulee were a joke and no birthday dessert for me???
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian in Dallas
    SkipperVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to Zio Cecio three times now and it has been excellent each time. The different pastas we have eaten have been superb. Eggplant parmigiana was the best according to my wife. Good Italian wine list also. Service was very attentive . Definitely my favorite Italian in Dallas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money.
    DMG2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Too loud, could not communicate with my party. Way too much salt on everything. Our reservations were at 6:15 on Saturday night.. my friend ordered cheesecake, they were out of it.. how are you out of anything at 6;15 on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly authentic taste of Italy
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great jewel of a restaurant with excellent food, wine and service. My family and I dine several times a month at Zio Cecio and find the quality and consistency never disappoints. If you love the high energy ambiance and culinary quality of Neighborhood Services on Lovers Ln but want a truly Italian experience, drive down 1/2 mile. Zio Cecio will not disappoint. Chef Francesco and his dedicated staff make Zio Cecio one of our all time favorites.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great dinner!
    Shannon
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Zio Cecio is an outstanding Italian restaurant. The only thing that might possibly outshine the cuisine is the owner and his staff. They are incredible, very knowledgeable, extremely attentive and great fun. The food is always excellent, especially the fish. Wine list is extensive and well-priced. I could eat at this place every night and never get bored!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GreggVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have been here several times and the food and service are always very good. Until next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but need some improvement
    loulou
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Was glad to try this new spot following an old favorite Italian neighborhood spot. Food was very good but service was a bit slow and in attentive. Wine was in the same glass as water. They would do well to offer thinner rimmed wine glasses. Will definitely go back and give them another try! Everyone was very nice and friendly. I think we just caught them with a new waitress.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goddess1
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Everything we had was very good. The fish for two was beautifully prepared and served - and delicious. Pasta Carbonara was the best I've ever tasted. Mussels were notable. It is a small restaurant with nice ambiance and a cute enclosed outside area. I highly recommend this for excellent native Sardinian cuisine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Good Food. Bad Service.
    LikeFood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was good. Service was very bad. Unfortunately, our waiters breath was so bad it actually ruined our meal. Service throughout the meal was ad hac and often very inattentive. Wine was served in the incorrect stemware (fine white wine served in table water stemware). The decor of the restaurant, while I guess trying to strike a comfortable vibe, does not match the sophistication of the food. While I would describe the food as fine dining, from the moment one walks into Zio Cecio it is clear that the overall experience is not going to be fine dining but more of a trattoria.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TerribleVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very poor service. So hot inside!!!! Doors open and not enough air cond!
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We arrived and immediately the manager was concerned about sitting us even though we had a reservation. We waited an hour. There was a new bartender working who had no idea how to make any drinks and when we were finally seated it took over 30 minutes for any food to arrive to our table.
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  • Horrible experience
    NeverAgain
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had reservations for four and were seated immediately. Waiter was pretty quick to come to the table and we ordered a bottle of wine and two appetizers. After 30 minutes, we had to call the Maitre'D over and ask about the wine. Nothing! New waiter appeared. After 20 more minutes and me getting up and walking over to the bar to talk to the waiter, we got our wine after 1 hour. Appetizers came in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Entrees came 5 minutes after that. Food was nothing more than what I could have made and I'm no foodie. When the new waiter came to offer the desert menu, I told him no thank you and that we were going to cut our losses and leave. All of the sudden, 2 deserts and 4 lemoncello's came out. Too little too late.
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  • Great food and service
    LynnVVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Outdoor patio is quieter than inside the restaurant and has a retractable roof so you can truly dine al fresco during the right weather. 4 of us had dinner, all ordered something different and shared bites so I can attest that everything was amazing. Portions are just the right size, not so big that you feel overwhelmed. Great wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • babsVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    was disappointed in everything all 4 of us ordered. it wasn't bad, it just wasn't great, especially for the high price.
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  • Delightful surprise!
    HeadhunterVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What a wonderful surprise! A truly superb Italian spot in an unpretentious little building. The mussels were as delectable as anywhere-if not better. The redsnapper encrusted in salt was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Certainly will go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Zio Cecio reviews archive.
  • Great Meal
    Steeldude
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I wanted to take my wife out for her birthday. I wanted something nice with good food, but not super formal. Zio Cecio was a perfect fit. This was our third time eating here and it continues to be outstanding. This place is clearly a neighborhood favorite, as the waitstaff, chef knew several of the folks by name. The food was amazing. The service was very good, but could have been a bit more attentive. Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zio Cecio
    Shannon
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a fantastic restaurant. The waitstaff is incredible and very personable and the food is outstanding. They have a reasonable corkage fee if you prefer to bring your own wine but they also have an excellent wine list. The owner comes around to all the tables to visit and really cares about how you feel about his restaurant. We have been there twice and will continue to return!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Done Right
    Scott
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful dinner for my daughters 18th birthday. Food and service was excellent. The staff went out of there way to make my daughter feel very special. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time was a charm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent menu variety, well executed wiih first class service. Met all expectations. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally found a good Italian Resto
    jimmgtsci
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We have been looking for a good Italian restaurant that doesn't just smother everything in red sauce and this one meets the bill. There were several unusual items on the menu (we had the salt crusted red snapper) that one will find in the Adriatic but very few places in town. They also have the staples (risotto/pasta/pizza) but done in a more sophisticated manner than others. While the menu was a bit pricey, and the wine lists also seemed a little aggressively priced, overall we felt it was worth it. We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dallas Restaurant Hands Down
    JohnCarla
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My Family are big time foodies and have eaten all over the world and have certainly eaten at all of Dallas's "best". Since finding Zio's, we have eaten there every weekend. Can not get enough. If you want real Italian food in an atmosphere that's like home with friends, go to Zio's. Chef Francesco is passionate and a master at his craft which is apparent bite after bite. Francesco and team takes it above and beyond service, it's like you have known them for years on first visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    JDRBMXVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Love this neighborhood gem. Always busy but doesn't feel overcrowded. Food is awesome and the service is better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed. Tuna tartar
    Mike
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Very disappointed. Tuna tartar was sliced so thin you couldn't taste it over the olive. Halibut and linquini bolognese were both mediocre. Order a second glass of wine that never came. Will not return and will not recommend to friends.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic
    Eatingoutcouple
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very nice experience walking into Zio on Saturday night. You could tell the chef took pride in this restaurant because he was walking around and visiting with patrons. Our server was awesome but I forgot his name. Portions are a little smaller than you would expect but I actually preferred it. Salad was good but not great, but the mussels were awesome! We had seafood ravioli and they were filled to perfection and the sauce was so good! The wine was fantastic and not super expensive. We had a slice of tiramisu and the server brought out a complimentary glass of desert wine. Nice touch. This place isn't over the top but I would consider it a nice place to dine on a date night. Also looked fun for a small group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyed the food, the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    enjoyed the food, the service was not great. I think there was a food critic or were personal friends of the chef near us- they received ALL of the wait staff's attention and we were left with empty drinks on several occasions. Food delivery was slow and lacking - one of our dishes didn't even make it to the table with the rest of the main dishes - granted they provided a pizza until the main dish was available, but it was par for the course. We had to ask several times for refills on water and we waited 15 minutes for our check after we requested it. During that time, the wait staff spent all of their time at the favored table of 4. disappointed;we had such a great experience before - then again we were with friends of the chef.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DallasDav
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We expected quality food. The veal chop was Overcooked, the beef was so-so and the pizza Was great. We didn't come for pizza! Our waitress Didn't communicate well and was difficult to explan modifications to her
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  • love this place
    benb1234
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My favorite place for Italian in Dallas. Francesco is the best.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was very average. Although we had reservations they were running 30 minutes late. Service was spotty at best. They looked completely understaffed. Waiter was hard to find and mostly disinterested. Food was cold. I wouldn't bother with this place. Too many other good Italian places out there.
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  • Always good at Zio!
    Real4427VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love, love, love the red snapper encrusted in salt. Chocolate mousse was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will return for sure
    dallas
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    It was great, I will return for sure soon next time am in town.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally overpriced for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Totally overpriced for food that was only so-so. Wouldn't go back
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  • Strong as ever...
    LivermanVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Zio Cecio reprises Arcodoro/Pomodoro in an intimate, almost rustic setting. But Chef Francesco's always fresh, innovative offerings continue to surprise. The ingredients are consistently fresh and never overcooked or bland. We loved it, once more.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, but not good neither.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Not bad, but not good neither. With the price, I would not go back.
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  • good food, but not so good prices
    Foodies
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    The waiter was a really nice guy, who explained all dishes very well and was always around to serve us well. The food was pretty good, even though the portions were quite small for the price, but I would go there again for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine
    diner
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    I am very picky about Italian food and found this retaurant to be ok. The salad and pasta was over dressed/sauced but did taste very good. To be fair we did go on the 3rd day of an ice storm which likely contributed to my 'good' review rather than a higher rating. I will try it again on a normal day.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • interesting place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Many of the reviews i read on here talked about poor service. We did not have any complaints there. The dining room was packed but we never felt ignored. Food was really good - carpaccio, lasagna and veal were all excellent. Even better was the fresh ricotta with honey and pepper for dessert. Worth coming back just for that. Only real complaint was ambiance. Laminated menus, noise level and tv in bar did not seem to fit the almost 200 dollar dinner my wife and I had. Food really is good though and many items unique to Dallas dining scene, just don't expect romantic night out
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's not to like?
    SczsaVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    This was our first visit to Zio Cecio. The service was attentive but not overbearing. We shared a delicious beef carpaccio with parmasean and capers which was perfectly dressed. Along with a great bottle of Italian white wine recommended by our waiter it was a great start. My SO had the homemade fettuccine with bolognese sauce. Perfect. I had the special: roast suckling pig with roasted potatoes. OMG: this was some of the best roasted meat I have ever had. the potatoes were good but paled in compaison to the pork. my only nit: the Tiramisu was only ok. All in all, we loved this meal and will most certainly be back.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat
    Berlin
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Off the beaten path but once inside all things are delicious. Fresh pasta, nice wine list, excellent staff very attentive to our group of four. Specials for our dining pleasure allowed us to share and even be adventurous. Roasted pork shank perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented. Pizza on thin crust best in years. Simple pasta dish with cured meats just Devine, asked chef to add a touch of heat mmmm...... Desert shared by all with coffee. Tawny Port finished the evening. Well done.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our latest visit left us feeling,
    luvfood5VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Our latest visit left us feeling, it would be our last for awhile. What seemed to start as a good place to go when it opened, has gradually seemed to have lost what it had offered. An entirely mediocre dining experience, at a price that offered no value.
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  • week night dinner
    karen
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Always enjoy, but this time was more special due to the outstanding service. We wanted to try a new wine and were introduced to a bottle from a family vinyard. Wow, a really nice find.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.