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61 Osteria opens soon in Fort Worth, signaling a height of Italian food in North Texas

It’s a great time to love pasta in Dallas-Fort Worth.

An Italian restaurant cooking “Texas ingredients with an Italian twist,” 61 Osteria, is expected to open in Fort Worth on Jan. 31, 2023, according to a press release.

61 Osteria lands at a tony time for Italian food in North Texas. In the past year, at least six high-profile Italian restaurants have opened, including out-of-town talker Carbone, Frisco restaurant Lombardi Cucina Italiana, and chef Tim Love’s Fort Worth no-phones spot Caterina’s. Pizzana made a splash in late 2022 on Dallas’ Knox Street, and Osteria il Muro in Denton is drawing fans from across the region.

61 Osteria is an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Fort Worth located in a high-rise...
61 Osteria is an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Fort Worth located in a high-rise built in 1961. (Kathy Tran)

In 2023, beyond 61 Osteria, keep an eye out for Via Triozzi, a restaurant on Dallas’ Greenville Avenue, and Barsotti’s Fine Food and Liqueurs, the rebranded Carbone’s on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas.

Italian food! So hot right now.

61 Osteria comes from chef Blaine Staniford and restaurateur Dain “Adam” Jones, who both operate Grace and Little Red Wasp in Fort Worth.

The osteria menu includes rosemary focaccia, a prosciutto di parma tasting, arancini (fried rice and cheese balls), meatballs and, of course, a list of housemade pastas: bucatini cacio e pepe, smoked spaghetti carbonara and tagliatelle bolognese. Entrees will include swordfish, short rib with polenta and veal chop marsala.

When 61 Osteria opens in Fort Worth, it joins high-profile Italian spots like Carbone in...
When 61 Osteria opens in Fort Worth, it joins high-profile Italian spots like Carbone in Dallas, Caterina's in Fort Worth and Osteria il Muro in Denton. Pictured here are some of the bites at 61 Osteria.(Kathy Tran)

Interestingly, the wine list comes with a map of Italy, which sounds like a helpful, approachable way to educate drinkers about the wines they’ve selected.

Restaurateur Dain "Adam" Jones (left) and chef Blaine Staniford created 61 Osteria in Fort...
Restaurateur Dain "Adam" Jones (left) and chef Blaine Staniford created 61 Osteria in Fort Worth. (Kathy Tran)

For dessert, diners can opt for Texas olive oil cake, chocolate torta or tiramisu for two. Or, they can pick three to five Italian cheeses to finish.

The restaurant is opening at a 21-story building called First on 7th that is modeled after the Lever House in New York City, according to design materials from Ibañez Shaw Architecture. The 1961-era building housed the First National Bank of Fort Worth.

Jones calls 61 Osteria “a very special project in the works for many years.”

61 Osteria will be at 500 West 7th St., Fort Worth. Dinner only, starting Jan. 31, 2023, with lunch and brunch to come.

For more food news, follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

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