Saviano's arrival in downtown Fort Worth may have been a bit delayed -- the New York-style Italian restaurant, which has a location in Euless, was hoping to open in time for Super Bowl XLV -- but after lunch on opening day, we'd say it was worth the wait.
The interior of the restaurant -- which took over the space formerly occupied by Sammy's and Zippy's -- is still a bit spare, but our inaugural lunch there was spot on.
The spaghettini and meatballs ($7.95) was terrific -- and very filling. The zesty tomato sauce, which had just the right sprinkle of parsley and herbs, covered tender pasta and two hearty meatballs. A decent-sized salad accompanied the meal, and so did some delicious garlic rolls.
We also tried a couple of slices of pepperoni pizza and a salad for $6.95, and Saviano's thin New York-style pizza holds up against many of the homestyle Italian restaurants in DFW.
Earlier this year, we tried the Saviano's in Euless, and found that while it certainly doesn't re-invent the wheel when it comes Italian cuisine, most of their dishes are better than they have to be and provide a good value, especially at lunch.
We can see Saviano's easily becoming a go-to spot for downtown residents, workers and weekend crowds.