Apollonia's Italian Kitchen
Kevin Marple

While a trip to Lo Stivale isn’t always convenient, visitors to the Dallas/Fort Worth area now have the next best thing: APOLLONIA'S ITALIAN KITCHEN, an Italian eatery inspired by the old-school culinary traditions of both Abruzzo and Sicily. Apollonia’s specializes in the kinds of classic, hearty recipes your nonna used to make — dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, homemade gnocchi with pesto sauce and crispy eggplant parmigiano made with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella. The family-run restaurant is also known for its pizzas, a selection of thin-crust pies ranging from a capicola-, pancetta- and sausage-topped Carne Amore to the Pollo Quattro Formaggio — a white pizza sporting a mix of mushrooms, as well as spinach, chicken and ricotta cheese. Thirsty? Customers rave about Apollonia’s housemade limoncello and its selection of hand-picked Italian wines. Owners Bruce Marco; his sister, Rosalia; and her husband, Giancomo, are often on hand to greet customers, and ­black-and-white ancestral photos adorning the walls add to the familial elements. Outside of Italy, it’s hard to get more authentic. www.apolloniasitaliankitchen.com