In a city where copious amounts of cheese cover tortilla chips and French fries, loaded with meat and jalepeños, there’s another cheese-covered delicacy: Italchos.
Terilli’s serves this Italian take on nachos that can take the place of any meal. These handmade pizza chips can be topped with whatever toppings you choose from the menu, but what goes beneath those toppings is a sweet pizza sauce that makes this appetizer better than most nachos you’ve had. You can keep your toppings simple with a choice of cheese and basil or go take them up a notch with options like smoked salmon. The ricotta, however, was a disappointment, blending in with the sauce, rather than adding that extra richness whenever you bite into it.
Since it has just recently reopened since the fire in the spring 2010, we thought it might be a good idea to order every course. After a bowl of creamed jalepeño soup, which I once feared and now love, I took one bite of shrimp and two bites of angel hair from my capellini di Angelo, where I really wasn’t missing much. It was fine, but I’ll make sure to go with something else on the menu.
In between these two courses was the lowest point, though. I had just stopped myself from finishing the soup, one that kicked its spice in at the back of my throat with each spoonful. I’m rarely excited when someone places a simple dinner salad in front of me, and when I made myself take a bite of this oil-slopped lettuce, I remembered why. To call it dull would be too lenient. For a restaurant that seemed to deliver above my expectations, it was nearly an insult to have the mediocrity of this salad on the table. That’s ok though, do you really look forward to the salad course of a meal? Me neither.
After my pasta, we had tiramisu, which wasn’t the top recommendation of our sincerely enthusiastic waitress, but it was better than your average restaurant’s attempt.
If you’re not crazy about a heavy meal, take a glass a wine with an order of Italchos up to the rooftop with your friends. The view of Greenville Avenue is decent (at least better than Lowest Greenville right now) and on a good night, this has the best seats in the restaurant.
Location: 2815 Greenville Ave. in Dallas, 214-827-3993
Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Brunch, Sunday , 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Service: Could be more attentive, but the staff appears happy to work there and sincere about making your dining experience a good one
Ambiance: Indoor, patio and rooftop seating– on a nice night, you probably want to be outside. But with a piano playing on the inside, you can escape from Dallas for the duration of a meal.
Attire: Business casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar