Mio Nonno Flower Mound

Foodie Friday: Re-Visiting Mio Nonno

It’s only been six months, but Mio Nonno has already become an institution here in Flower Mound. Whether you go for a business lunch during the week or join them on Friday evenings to enjoy the Lakeside Music Series from their patio, Mio Nonno always provides the perfect atmosphere and is consistent in serving up incredible food.

Noti Krasniqi and Chef Francisco make the perfect team at the Flower Mound location in Lakeside DFW, and their common goal is to introduce locals to the fine dining Italian cuisine you can find in New York City. And Chef Francisco is the perfect choice to create that five-star cuisine as he started as a chef in New York at the age of 17 and worked at restaurants in the city for several years afterward. And he’s cooked for some very notable people over the years including President Reagan, the Rolling Stones and Will Smith. So, if you dine at Mio Nonno, you’re in great company!

All of the food comes from Chef Franciso’s family recipes, but he has created new presentations for those passed down recipes.

One of Noti’s favorite dishes on the menu is their Cacciatore which you can order with chicken or veal and comes served in a delicious tomato sauce and with a side of their fantastic polenta.

When we went for lunch this week, we also enjoyed their Meat & Cheese Board which was full of incredible fresh cheeses and meats, as well as their Pasta Primavera and one of their Chef Specials – their Chilean Sea Bass served with a medley of fresh vegetables.

Mio Nonno has incorporated many more specials into their rotation over the past couple of months, including their Veal Capresa, Bone-in Veal Chops, and Orata (a Mediterranean fish served whole).

Throughout the week, you can also join them for some of their weekly specials including “Wine & Dine Wednesdays” where they serve up luxurious wines at incredible prices and “Ladies Night” on Thursdays where their martinis are $4.

They’re also looking to add an exclusive Sunday Brunch menu starting in the next few weeks. You’ll get to enjoy some delicious brunch dishes as well as some quality mimosas.

Mio Nonno has some big goals they’re working on achieving. And Noti told us that they believe they can achieve them because of the success and support they’ve experienced since opening here in Flower Mound. They are so appreciative of their customers and always want you to feel at home when you’re at Mio Nonno.

Their vision is to “act locally but think globally” and I think that’s an awesome philosophy for all of us to adopt in our businesses. That honestly inspired me for my own real estate business.

We are so grateful to have Mio Nonno here in our community and for all the great meals they’ve served us over the past six months. We wish them all the best success in achieving their goals and hope you all will join us in supporting them!

Go visit them tonight to wind down from the week and enjoy some cocktails and incredible fine Italian cuisine!

*Mio Nonno is located at 2450 Lakeside Pkwy ste100, Flower Mound, TX 75022.

**Check out their full menu here.

Foodie Friday: 2017 So far, Delicious!

By Jay Marks

9 min read

It’s hard to believe we’re already almost halfway through with 2017! Where has the time gone?

We’ve been able to visit lots of fantastic Foodie Friday locations so far this year. Our area has been blessed with so many new restaurants and there are only more on the way!

Check out where we’ve visited so far this year, and if you’ve missed getting to try any of them, make it a priority to visit them as soon as possible!

Trio Craft Coffee

2650 Flower Mound Rd #116, Flower Mound TX 75028

Trio Craft Coffee has had an exciting year! They recently moved locations to the old Starbucks spot at the corner of FM 2499 and FM 3040. Which is perfect because I can’t tell you how many times I still drive over there looking for that Starbucks.

We love Trio’s drink and pastry options, which are all thanks to owners Carlos and Susan Palacio. Carlos is a native of Mexico City and has lived in Columbia, which has given him a unique and refined taste and knowledge for coffee.

Their pastries are delivered fresh from Zenzero Bakery in Coppell as well as some gluten-free options from Pinch of Salt Pastries.

Give this local coffee shop a try if you’ve never visited them before. You’ll love their warm and inviting atmosphere!

Carvao Prime Brazilian Steak House

2401 Lakeside Pkwy, Flower Mound TX 75022

If you have yet to visit Carvao, you are missing out on one of my favorite local restaurants! This is a perfect place to come for a business dinner, a romantic evening out, or just a unique experience with the whole family!

The restaurant opened in the Fall of 2015 thanks to owner, Paulo Novaes, a 15-year resident of Flower Mound. Paulo grew up in Brazil and wanted to open a restaurant where he could serve his unique take on traditional Churrasco-style recipes. And part of what makes them so unique is that they cook all of their nearly 20 cuts of meat on a charcoal grill, giving their food a different taste than other Brazilian restaurants you may have tried.

Carvao has an incredible salad bar which features over 50 hot and cold items including their grilled pineapple, the cheese and cold cut selection, and their lobster bisque.

They also have a great bar where you can enjoy drinks before, during, or after your meal, as well as a beautiful wine room stocked with over 100 labels to pair with your meal.

Gabriela & Sofia’s

903 Parker Square Rd, Flower Mound TX 75028

One of Flower Mound’s newer restaurants, Gabriela & Sofia’s opened their second location in our very own Parker Square earlier this year.

Owner, Gabriel Pompareyna, grew up in Mexico where he grew up learning his family’s recipes which he now share with his customers on a daily basis.

Gabriel kept a few design elements left over from the previous tenant, Taco Brone, like the unique beer tap which fills glasses from the bottom which means no foamy top and more beer for your buck!

We absolutely love their tableside guacamole, their steak fajitas and their churros which are served with a coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Epic Gelato

2400 Lakeside Pkwy Suite 100, Flower Mound TX 75022

Every time we visit Epic Gelato in Lakeside DFW, we learn so much about coffee, pastries and gelato from owner Richard Baldwin. He has dedicated several years of his life to studying with some of the best coffee roasters so that he can serve his customers the best coffee available. And you can absolutely taste the difference!

And we also love that every time we visit, Richard has been creating and innovating new menu options for us to try! Since we originally visited Epic Gelato in 2016, Richard has officially added the “Donato” (a gelato-filled donut) to the menu, as well as Smart Fruit juice smoothies, new pastries like cupcakes and savory scones, and custom-order gelato cakes made with layers of pound cake and your choice of gelato flavors.

We love Richard’s passion for what he does and absolutely encourage you to go try out one of his many incredible menu options!

Tommy Tamale

1689 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine TX 76051

This is a place I had been dying to try for years after spending a lot of time doing business in and around Grapevine. So I was thrilled to finally get the chance to stop in for lunch at Tommy Tamale a few months ago!

Tommy Tamale offers all things Tex-Mex to their customers – from a diverse line of salsas in their market, to their gourmet tamales, to burritos and quesadillas. We know tamales can be kind of an acquired taste, but if you’re going to try one for the first time, try it at Tommy Tamale. Yelp named them one of the Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017, so if you don’t believe us, believe Yelp!

The entire staff is so friendly and welcoming – you’ll instantly feel like part of the Tommy Tamale family! And you’ll probably meet Tommy while you’re there – he’s often seen walking around the restaurant greeting all of his customers and making them feel at home.

You can purchase their tamales ready-to-eat in the cafe or you can purchase them at the market and take them home to serve. Either way, you won’t regret paying this place a visit!

Cavalli Pizza

233 W Church St, Lewisville TX 75057

Old Town Lewisville has seen quite the rejuvenation this year with several restaurants already opening and more on the way! We visited their new Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant, Cavalli Pizza, to try out their delicious menu made with only the freshest and most authentic ingredients. (Their pizzas are so authentic, they actually import the flour from their pizza dough from Italy!)

The Lewisville location is Cavalli’s third here in DFW, and while the menu is mostly the same across all 3 locations, there are some menu items unique to the Lewisville one. All of the cocktails have been crafted with Lewisville-area residents in mind by their house sommelier and the owner.

Some of our favorite menu items include the Lewisville Salad, their Arancini, and The Dallas pizza. But you absolutely cannot leave Cavalli without having their Lemon Tiramisu made with layers of mascarpone, lemon curd, lady fingers and limoncello.

407 BBQ

1213 FM 407, Argyle TX 76226

We never say “no” to trying out a new BBQ joint, even if it means we have to drive a little ways to get there!

407 BBQ started out as a small stand on the side of the road in Argyle at 407 and I-35W and just recently opened up a restaurant location where customers can now either take their food to-go or eat it there fresh from the kitchen.

Their food is incredible, but because of all the care and attention it gets, this is a “first-come first-serve” kind of place. Once they’re out of something for the day, they’re out! So it’s always best to get there earlier in the day if possible.

Their ribs are some of the best I’ve ever had. Their brisket and turkey were so tender and flavorful. And each of their traditional Texas BBQ sides were delicious as well. And while you definitely don’t need the BBQ sauce to enjoy any of their food, you should probably have some of it because it has a perfect balance of spicy and sweet flavors.

Shoal Creek Tavern

1701 Shoal Creek Dr, Highland Village TX 75077

We’ve been fans of Jim Verfurth since his Village Grill days. Verf’s is one of our favorite local spots to send clients for a celebratory meal and we were thrilled to hear that Jim was opening another restaurant in the Shops at Highland Village!

Shoal Creek Tavern offers an authentic tavern-style environment with the large bar area, cozy and rustic seating, and a large outdoor patio that has a unique beer tap fountain.

The menu has been expertly crafted by Chef Florencio and the Bar Manager, Cory. Some of our favorites from our visit included the Pretty in Pink cocktail, the Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp, the Rack of Lamb, and their Bread Pudding served with fried bananas foster.

Mio Nonno

2450 Lakeside Pkwy Ste 100, Flower Mound TX 75022

Highly anticipated, Mio Nonno, opened in March in Lakeside DFW and has been wowing customers with their five-star worthy menu ever since.

Owners Noti Krasniqi and Chef Ati Mala pride themselves on being able to introduce locals to some Italian dishes they may never have heard of before.

We ate so much while we were there and it was all so delicious that it’s really hard to choose favorites, but we’d definitely recommend you try the crispy-fried polenta, steamed mussels, gnocchi, Eggplant Parmesan, Lobster Ravioli, and the Ciopino (a seafood medley soup served in a light seafood broth). See? I told you it would be hard for us to narrow down to some favorites…

Foodie Friday: Newcomer Mio Nonno in Lakeside DFW

Remember last week when I mentioned how happy we’ve been here at Foodie Friday with all the new local restaurants that have opened in the past month? We’re happy to report that we had another incredible experience at a new restaurant this week. So, thank you Mio Nonno in Lakeside DFW!

Mio Nonno’s menu is inspired by central and southern Italian cuisine and was expertly crafted by Chef Ati Mala who co-owns both the Flower Mound and Allen locations with his childhood best friend, Noti Krasniqi. Before opening their restaurants here in Texas, Chef Ati and Noti co-owned a Mediterranean restaurant called Andrra in the Hamptons where they served high-end cuisine largely inspired by the abundance of seafood available in that area.

Both Noti and Chef Ati pride themselves on being able to introduce Flower Mound area residents to Italian dishes they may never have experienced before – and certainly not the way they prepare them! They take inspiration from some of the top Italian restaurants in New York and deliver it to their customers here in Texas for an incredible value.

Let’s stop wasting time and get to talking about some of their delicious food, shall we?

Now, I usually don’t spend the time to talk about a bread basket at an Italian restaurant since it comes so standard, but Mio Nonno’s bread was so out of this world that it deserves an honorable mention. It is so fluffy and has an incredible flavor that’s highlighted by the smidge of sea salt sprinkled on top. And it’s incredible dipped in their oil & vinegar or the leftover sauce of any of the dishes on their menu.

From Mio Nonno’s Antipasti menu Noti brought us their crispy-fried polenta served in a gorgonzola cream; their Gamberi Arrabiata which are sauteed shrimp in a white wine lemon sauce (this is a great dish to dip the bread in); their steamed mussels served in a seafood tomato broth; and their fresh-made potato gnocchi served up in a cheese sauce made up of fontina, gorgonzola, pecorini and reggiano cheeses.

Noti mentioned that one of their most popular dishes from their Allen location is actually their Eggplant Parmesan. And it became popular after they decided to introduce it to customers at no cost. When customers found out it was eggplant they were eating (and loving), they were shocked! But with it’s perfectly fried exterior and the delicious capellini pasta it’s served over, it’s not hard to see why this quickly became a customer favorite! All of Mio Nonno’s string pasta is made fresh by a local Dallas pasta-maker and you can taste the quality and freshness in each of the dishes it’s used in.

In addition to the Eggplant Parmesan we also sampled their Prosciutto & Arugula pizza made in their wood-fired oven; their Russia pasta made with rigatoni, grilled chicken and a spicy vodka sauce; their Chicken Caccioatore; and their Lobster Ravioli.

We also had the opportunity to try the dish that Chef Ati and Noti are probably the most proud of and that is inspired by some of those top New York Italian restaurants.

Their Ciopino (which they say you can’t get the way they make it at any other restaurant in DFW) is essentially a seafood medley soup served in a light seafood broth (called fume). All of the various seafood (which includes fresh salmon, shrimp, calamari, clams, scallops and mussels) are perfectly cooked and the broth has an incredible flavor. Definitely recommend!

We’re here to tell you that these guys came to PLAY here in Flower Mound. If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, you are going to love restaurant. We’re confident they’re going to do very well here – they’ve already received lots of love! It’s the perfect atmosphere whether you need a spot for a fun lunch out, a business dinner, or for a romantic meal. Even if you just want to sit at their bar and enjoy a drink while watching the game, Mio Nonno has a space for you!

We’d absolutely recommend you find a way to get over to Mio Nonno this weekend if you haven’t already and be introduced to some Italian dishes you may have never even heard of before. We promise you won’t regret your visit!

*Mio Nonno in Flower Mound is located at 2450 Lakeside Parkway Ste 100, Flower Mound TX.

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