25 Best New Restaurants in Fort Worth (cont.)

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The Vine Greek Taverna
 2708 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.334.0888
Born on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, owner John Ieronymides took to the kitchen after retirement last year in an attempt to recreate the comfort cuisine he grew up with. The former engineer flew his Cypriot mother in from overseas to train him and his staff (including his wife and children) on just how mousaka, spanakopita, dolmades and gyro should taste. Ieronymides is meticulous about authenticity, meaning you’ll be asked if you want lettuce with your Greek salad.

 

Campisi’s
6150 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76116
817.916.4561, Campisis.us

Longtime customers refer to the original Mockingbird Lane location as “the Egyptian”
(for the old lounge sign that exists out front) and swear by the landmark pizzeria’s oval-shaped pies. The iconic pizza kitchen, which claims to have served Dallas its first slice of pizza in 1946, finally opened its first Tarrant County outlet this spring. The long lines have dissipated a bit since, but local pizza lovers are keeping the place full, visiting for cocktails, calamari and signature pies like the All the Way, with sausage, salami, mushrooms, green peppers and green onions.
MAX’s Wine Dive • 2421 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.870.1100, Maxswinedive.com
Diners might have missed the opening of this Houston-based gourmet comfort food chain inside the So7 development while the West 7th Street Bridge was closed for construction.
The dim-lit dive touts a mullet-inspired, business-in-the-front/party-in-the-back atmosphere complete with a mantra of “Fried chicken and champagne? Why the hell not?” Beneath all of the rock ‘n’ roll, patrons will find upscale Southern dishes like pot roast over sweet potato puree, Texas quail stuffed with foie gras dirty rice, Gulf shrimp and grits and fried chicken served over collard greens and mashed potatoes.
Il Cane Rosso
815 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Ilcanerosso.com

Although the Fort Worth outlet of Il Cane Rosso isn’t open just yet
(owner Jay Jerrier hopes to be up and running in the former Ryan’s Fine Grocer location before Christmas), the Dallas-based pizzeria earns a spot on this list based on the pies we’ve enjoyed from their mobile pizza oven, found every Thursday and Friday at Times Ten Cellars.

Cane Rosso (“red dog” in Italian) uses imported ovens to create bona fide Neapolitan pizza, adhering to strict guidelines provided by a Naples-based watchdog group. Pizzas are blazed for 75 seconds at 900 degrees, leading to a charred crust and bubbling cheeses.

Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen • 5724 Locke Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.570.9555
Lovely mother-daughter duo Irma Gamez and Crystal Padilla
expanded their successful tamale catering business into a full-blown restaurant last year, serving a small menu of scratch-made enchilada plates, tropical ceviche, salads, tacos and grande tamales along with breakfast plates on Saturdays, including stacked huevos rancheros. Dishes feature culinary influences from Cuba, Mexico, Spain and Puerto Rico, and specials, like the handmade pork-stuffed empanadas, rotate daily. Check the restaurant calendar for tamale-making classes, too.
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