Spezzo Italian, a new fast-casual Italian restaurant, recently opened in Plano’s Preston Towne Crossing shopping center at Park and Preston. I paid a visit to this speedy Italian hot-spot and was thoroughly impressed. From the modern yet rustic decor to the full bar, Spezzo Italian left a favorable impression.
Here is what to expect: 🌃 🍷 🐙 🍝 🍕 🍨
The exterior prominently faces Park Blvd. with an inviting corner location.
The restaurant features a modern rustic design with an open concept complete with accents of natural wood, earth tones and stained concrete bar tops.
Spezzo Italian features a full bar with beers on tap, spirits and the ideal wines to accompany any Italian favorite. Upon entering guests are directed toward the brightly lit menu on the the hind wall, conveniently located near the register and bar. Once guests have hand selected the perfect dish to conquer their Italian desires they then place their order at the register along with any beverage requests. The process is “speedy”. Once ordered the staff will prepare and deliver the entrees directly to your table. For our trip the party started with a side Caesar Salad and Calamari followed by the entrees, Fettuccini Alredo and the Spezzo No. 5 Pizza.
The Calamari was some of the best I’ve had, especially considering the brisk service. The manager, Christy, unsurprisingly said this is a guest favorite. This appetizer is served with two dipping sauces, classic Marinara and a Spicy Garlic Aioli. I am a fan of most aiolo but with the addition of spices and garlic, I dove in and didn’t look back! Golden brown, fresh and crisp, we will be ordering this popular starter or “primo” dish again on our next visit!
Spezzo’s Fettuccini Alfredo, an Italian classic, was rich & buttery, everything this Italian staple should be. The fresh portobello mushrooms added an extra element of freshness to the creamy pasta. Spezzo’s spin on this tried-and-true dish comes welcomed.
🎉 Fun Wikipedia tid-bit,
Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta dish made from fettuccine tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter. As the cheese melts, it emulsifies the liquids to form a smooth and rich coating on the pasta. The term is a synonym for pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese (Italian: pasta al burro e parmigiano), one of the oldest and simplest ways to prepare pasta. The dish was named after Alfredo Di Lelio, a restaurateur who opened and operated restaurants in Rome, Italy, throughout the early to mid 20th century.
Spezzo’s “No 5. Pizza” can be found under the “Something New” section of the restaurants modern menu. This pie is topped with spinach, roasted garlic, sausage and fresh mushrooms. After the cashier saw I was struggling to narrow my selection down she interjected and pointed this out as her personal go-to; I willingly obliged.
Upon the No. 5’s arrival to the table I was already sold, the aromas of the roasted garlic and sausage were enough to make anyone a fan. The crust was slim but sufficient, somewhere between thin and hand-tossed. The edges, perfectly crisped and browned, were up to par with a crust-lovers choice.
The 11″ pizza was large enough for two people to share. Biting into the pizza was as expected, satisfying. The marriage of the semi-salty sausage and the fresh greens was divine, the meat and green ratio was spot on. I did however desire more sauce and cheese throughout, I feel there was much wasted space on the outer perimeter of the pie and the topping-heavy pizza could have used a more solid base.
To round off the meal we ordered a single or “singolo” gelato, from the array of options we went with my personal favorite, Tiramisu (with the pleasurable addition of Vanilla Bean). It was to my surprise the Tiramisu Vanilla Bean gelato actually contains petite pieces of tiramisu! Delizioso!
Spezzo Italitan is ideal if you’re looking for a quick bite. No more waiting for a table, keeping up with a buzzer or struggling to listen for your name and party total. Just hasty, neighborly, savory, Italian.
“Rustic. Italian. Pronto.”
hungry Swift, Dallas.