Most Dallas residents should stay indoors on the weekend of the Texas-OU football game. Wherever one does venture out that weekend, there’s a good chance you’ll be welcomed by a host who is tired of greeting for the hundredth time that evening and a small table with a frazzled waitress.
My experience at Prego Pasta House this particular weekend of 2010 had me avoiding the restaurant for 13 months. After a delayed waitress brought two incorrect bottles of wine, our table had a plate of soggy crab claws before I had seafood linguine that had me questioning my health.
However, after passing the restaurant’s doors so many times on Upper Greenville, we decided we’d stop in again. The beginning was acceptable. A fairly friendly greeter (who appears to be an owner) walked us to a table — the same one as the previous visit — and we had the same waitress walk up to us.
We did get the correct bottle of wine, with the same wait as the crowded evening before. However, the food made the dinner an experience that we will definitely repeat.
The crab claws are supposedly famous, and this time, the butter-soaked claws were of a tender consistency, with a simple lemon-butter sauce. Soon after the plate was empty, there were adequate leftovers on the plate for dipping bread.
The chicken Marsala was delicious, though, the taste was a bit of a surprise. The Marsala wine sauce came off a bit more like stroganoff, extremely heavy in the taste of mushrooms and creamier than some attempts at Marsala. Nonetheless, the slices of mushrooms and small cutlets of chicken tossed in the indecisive sauce was a plate worth ordering again.
The chicken came with an unnecessary side of spaghetti with marinara sauce, though. While the plain marinara was just fine, had they had the spaghetti under the chicken, mushrooms and Marsala sauce, the plate could have been near perfection.
The menu has 10 items under its “desserts” heading, a list that appears impressive. Though my next trip will absolutely involve ordering a cannoli, we went for the seemingly safe tiramisu.
The long slice laid flat on its side with a blob of whipped cream topping its soaked sponge cake. Not a traditional presentation, but the fork dove in just as easily.
The cream, mascarpone and cinnamon creation was one of the best I’ve ever had. The cinnamon complemented its fellow ingredients, avoiding disguising them like so many other tiramisu recipes do.
Like many restaurants, Prego can have an off night, but get through the doors on a good one, and the food is worth your risk.
Prego Pasta House
Location: 4930 Greenville Ave., 75206, 214-363-9204
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 12 to 11 p.m.
Price: $$ (entrees $8.95 to $21.95)
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar