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Zio Cecio

4.6
349 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(214) 351-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Francesco Farris
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Private party facilities
Reserve our air conditioned/heated patio or the main dinning room for private events.
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Private party contact
Hannah Thompson: (214) 566-5569
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West of Inwood RD
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking.
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Public transit
There is a Dallas dart system stop right across the street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 349 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Each time we've dine there there have been parties with ill behaved children. I don't blame the children, but the parents who disregard how their lack of parent managing disrupts the evening for all the other guest. Management should have enough concern for all the guest to try and ensure everyone can enjoy the evening. The next time we experience this issue, we will be leaving and won't come back, it just isn't worth the stress.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great staff. Great food. Great wine selection. Our go-to place.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I'm not sure why, but Dallas seems to have a shortage of really good, high-end Italian restaurants. Zio Cecio aims to fix that, and Chef Francesco really is one of the best in Dallas. We opted for the Crab & Lobster Bucatini special, and the Quadratini Alla Mentuccia (Ravioli), both of which were AMAZING. Even the house salad with artichokes was great. Finally the Torta di Limone Alla Grappa (lemon sponge cake with a kick!) was a perfect end to the meal. Service was exactly on point, which was good, since we weren't really in a hurry, and our server accommodated us.

Will definitely be back. There is a veal chop with my name on it!

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Nice venue
Unfortunately the meal orders were messed up
And after delay and even upon redelivery service by waiter was horrible
We had to grab his attention constantly
His efforts to rebound from undercooked food along with wrong orders was non existent

I think waiter is hurting your business
Also disappointing no offers for a drink or dessert after I waited with my food replacement order for my guest which was my client waiting for food food re-delivery
Heck the Maitre d had to clear our table after eating meal as we couldn’t find waiter

So very sad as I did address with waiter and he didn’t even say anything

My bill was 163 dollars
That meal should come with service at least for two people

I heard great things about restaurant and was so dissatisfied

Thanks

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Wedding anniversary!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Jeff Morris did a fantastic job! Very knowledgeable

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always good food & service.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I took my friend to Zio Cecio to celebrate her birthday. Overall, the experience was great! You valet park your vehicle (free aside from tips) and walk in. The staff was friendly and receptive. We had a reservation, though we didn't need it.

We both ordered drinks and bread as an appetizer while we waited. The server's recommendations were great! I had the Neri Alle Vongole and my friend had the Quadratini Alla Mentuccia. We both would definitely order that again! Everything tasted fresh, vibrant and authentic.

For desert we ordered creme brulee and it was far better than any we've had in a while.

Aside from the food, we weren't ever rushed to leave. The server continued to bring us water as we relaxed, finished our drinks and talked.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was good. Service could have been better. Server could have been more knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was excellent, had the pork chop and seafood ravioli. Calamari was different than most places, had pieces of fish mixed in and was a good. Definitely a repeat place.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Love the local neighborhood feel and the pastas are terrific too. I think Zio has the best carpaccio in DALLAS.

Try to get one of the more experienced servers. The new staff needs to learn the menu and they don’t communicate the specials well.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food but overall way too high a price for the small portions. Food is excellent. They should give you $34 worth of the seafood pasta. Only 5 ravioli with crab meat for $19.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This is a special gem! If you like authentic Sardinia food, then become a regular here. The owner/chef is warm, kind and very caring over his guests. The high quality of food will leave you in a state of happiness. You can see the care that has been put into the details and the training of the employees. Everyone was so nice!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This is the third time I have been to the restaurant. It will be the last. The first time, the food was generally good. The second time, the food was mediocre. This time, the food just wasn't very good, and the server could have cared less, even though he highly recommended one of the dishes we had. As an appetizer, we had the pizza with the prosciutto. The crust itself was doughy and undercooked, and cold, poor quality prosciutto was layered on top. The fettuccine bolognese was a better choice, but the pasta itself was overcooked. The waiter highly recommended the lasagna with meat sauce, but it turned out to be nothing more than a cheap blob of cheese, with no layering of pasta and void of any real meat sauce. When asked by the waiter, we told him of our opinion, but he seemed uninterested in our feedback at that point. Perhaps he was too focused on trying to steer other guests to an expensive bottle of wine as he did with us. I don't expect that much from Italian restaurants in Dallas, but Zio Cecio can't even meet the standard of mediocrity any longer.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Date night with my wife for Valentine’s Day.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great place to have a date night or an evening with great friends and good food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Absolutely fantastic food - so much of what we ate and drank reminded us of our honeymoon in Tuscany. The atmosphere was overall calm, sophisticated, but had wonderful music and excellent table staff. We will absolutely be returning for our wedding anniversary and whenever we crave authentic Italian (not Americanized) cuisine in the future!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a magical Valentines dinner thanks to Francesco Farris and his team of professional, warm and efficient wait staff.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The owner has worked hard to build this neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentine's Day and our first trip to ZC.
It will not be our last.
The food was amazing
The wine was amazing
Service was good.
Only ever so slight issue was the chairs. Hard flat wood. Cushion would be great.
Wonderful evening
Thank you

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Absolutely delicious. My waiter was really nice and attentive. 10/10 recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Family visit

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This place was flawless, not only In service and ambience, but the food was as authentic as you can get!! Phenomenal!! Will definitely be returning.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Love this place. Intimate setting and great food. Their Cabonara is fantastic. Everyone loved their meal.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Italian food is our "go to" and we prepare it commonly at home. We were disappointed with the special dish of the night - a pasta with shrimp. It was served in a tomato sauce that was fine but nothing amazing. And came with 5 or 6 shrimp. The cost was $31. Seriously overpriced especially given that most pastas on their menu were somewhere between $13.50 and $19.50. This dish did not warrant the price. The pizza was underwhelming too. Far too much cheese.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Your friendly, neighborhood Italian restaurant with very well executed food.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

AMAZING! I felt so at home here, first time! Will definitely be back. Loved everything about this place!!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a terrific dinner. Everyone enjoyed their entree. The owner is very personable.
Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Zio Cecio is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Their fish has always been amazing and their carpaccio. When we do take the kids, they devour the pizza. Quiet and romantic yet family friendly earlier in the eve;)

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The octopus starter, squid ink clam pasta were delicious.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Zio Cecio is our favorite Italian restaurant in Dallas. The friendly and welcoming yet sophisticated service is rare amongst restaurants these days. What is more, the food is always delicious, fresh, and creative.

For appetizers, the focaccia bread and the calamari are the best in town. Our favorite entrees include the lasagna, the branzino, and any of the pasta dishes. For dessert, the limoncello cake is a must-have. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the fine selection of Italian wines.

We highly recommend Zio Cecio for your next Italian night out.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Enjoyable experience overall. One of Dallas' better Italian spots in a fun, vibrant setting. The $35.00 corkage fee to bring your own wine is the highest I've ever paid. Wine list itself seems overpriced with very few inexpensive selections.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent! Food and service both superb, as always! We enjoy sitting on the patio --reminds us of eating at our favorite little place outside in Venice.

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1.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Too expensive and way too noisy.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Great service.

Ordered the mussels, carbonara, and bolognase. Mussels were great. Carbonara was quite salty. Bolognase was good.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Zeo Cecio is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. The food is always good and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Family friendly and wonderful staff. The food is amazing every time.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Perfect date night spot. Awesome food, awesome service!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We had an excellent time at Zio Cecio. The food was delicious, especially the Neri Alle Vongole (Squid ink infused spaghetti with fresh clams), which my husband ordered. I had the gnocchi, which was also very good, but luckily my husband was willing to share with me. The service was wonderful and we were not rushed, but able to spend time enjoying a lovely evening with our friends.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

always great service from valet , Maitre D, servers. No rushing. very nice evening catching up with friends.

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