The Design District is one of my favorite spots in Dallas. With artsy interior design stores, a great walking trail and the growing number of restaurants, it’s a fun spot just located across the highway from the American Airlines Center. (A great pre-game spot before you head to any games or concerts at the AAC.) One of the latest additions to this neighborhood is Sassetta, a contemporary Italian restaurant and bar with lots of seasonal, handcrafted items.

They’re open daily for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. and have a large shared courtyard/patio with Wheelhouse just steps away. Breakfast and lunch are coming soon. The restaurant’s menu is described as “Italian by the way of California.” Salads, pastas and pizzas, along with several other Italian dishes, make up the menu. Enjoy handmade pastas, cheese and meats made in house and creative seasonal dishes. Pro tip: The restaurant is a bit swanky so dress a little nice. I felt under dressed going in! The atmosphere is a mix of upscale and casual (so you’ll see some higher end prices on the menu, too.) The servers provided exceptional hospitality and great menu recommendations.

Here’s a sneak peek at my menu sampling from when I visited Sassetta.

When it comes to drinks, Sassetta’s ready to showoff their bellinis, Italian wines, draft beers and creative handcrafted cocktails. And why not! 🙂


Tip: Seating by the bar is available on a first come, first serve basis.


Some of the dinner plates are portioned small (I guess like how it is in Europe), so you may want to order an appetizer. Pictured above to the left is the tender charred octopus with a salsa verde and mixed with aoili. (Score!) To the right, you have the Creamy Butter Whipped Ricotta: crunchy strips of sourdough bread that you can dip in the buttery Ricotta. Mmmm I can taste it again now.


Shrimp Spaghetti – a solid choice going back to the basics. Lots of flavor but the portion is smaller than us Texans are used to.


Clams Al Forno – Here’s a seafood dish worth checking out. The chunky pieces of clams are the real winners here.


Tortellini Pasta – Here’s a chance to experience the homemade pasta; an excellent choice in my opinion. I loved the Tortellini…it’s soft and cheesy and placed in a tasty broth.


Burnt Honey Pizza – My favorite dish of the evening! Here’s a cheesy and sweet pie with honey drizzled on top, sitting on a thin crust. It’s a great option if you have a sweet tooth and love pizza too (like me!)


Sassetta is located at 1617 Hi Line Dr., Dallas, TX. See the full menu online at

(Disclaimer: A portion of my sampling was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)