The hit new restaurant of the summer is in a drab shopping center on Davis Boulevard, but another location is coming soon to Fort Worth.
After less than three months, diners are already demanding more Ristorante Mulino.
“Nino” Rata is looking for a second location downtown, he said this week.
His first location in Southlake Woods Plaza replaced another pizza restaurant. It’s already so crowded, weekend tables are available only by reservation.
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In the middle of a hot Sunday afternoon, when the new restaurants at nearby Park Village were nearly empty, Mulino was filled with couples drinking BYOB wine with their risotto alongside families and kids scarfing up pizza.
“My biggest problem is trying to accommodate people,” Rata said.
The former pizza restaurant is crowded and busy, like a New York or New Jersey Italian restaurant plunked down onto a corner at Continental Boulevard.
The menu has changed three times since Mulino opened, Rata said. He’s proudest of dishes such as spaghetti or linguine pescatore (with seafood in a red-wine sauce), slow-cooked salmon in Grey Goose vodka sauce, or chicken rollatini (an organic chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and mushrooms).
At $20, the seafood risotto is the most expensive dish on the menu. Most of the entrees cost $14-$19.
Neapolitan-style pizzas made with Antimo Caputo “00” soft wheat flour come with toppings such as Italian sausage, artichoke hearts or chili oil, with options such as calabrese salami, pancetta, Prosciutto de Parma, ricotta salata or Gorgonzola cheese. They’re $13-$17, plus $1-$3 for extra toppings.
If Mulino weren’t already a must-try as an Italian restaurant, it would be one for its desserts.
Few restaurants still serve homemade tiramisu. There’s cheesecake, gelatos, sorbets and an impressive pizza Nutella with strawberries.
(Rata didn’t say where he was looking downtown. But a second Mulino would fit into space recently abandoned by Avanti. Hope it’s closer to this office.)
Ristorante Mulino is open for lunch and dinner daily, but call for dinner reservations; 1125 Davis Blvd., Southlake, 817-329-2071, mulinotx.com.
Fort Worth gets a Rise
The new restaurants at the Shops at Clearfork are expected to open as early as Sept. 14.
The most awaited restaurant of all is scheduled to open that day. That’s Rise n°3, a soufflé restaurant that’s a Dallas favorite of former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura.
Rise n°3 is one of Clearfork’s showcase restaurants, at 5135 Monahans Ave.; risesouffle.com.
Also apparently close to opening, although it’s not official: Malai Kitchen, a contemporary Thai-Southeast Asian restaurant with clever dishes and craft cocktails, at 5289 Monahans Ave.; malaikitchen.com.
Salads on the way
The Dallas-based Snappy Salads restaurants are so good, people who don’t even like salad go there.
Fort Worth’s second Snappy location will open in early September at 1664 S. University Drive, next to an IHOP south of University Park Village.
Sure, Snappy Salads has 14 entree salads to pick from. But it also serves 1-pound baked potatoes and giant wraps such as a “Stockyards wrap” with tenderloin and mushrooms, grilled chicken-and-cilantro, or a chipotle chicken salad wrap.
Look for it within a couple of weeks at 1664 S. University Drive. Current locations include west Fort Worth in Ridglea Village, and Southlake; snappysalads.com.