If you haven't visited Grapevine recently, it's well worth your time. The city has been undergoing some dramatic transformations. As we leave the teens of the 21st century behind, here are some of the (newly) iconic spaces that have sprung up over the past 15 years.
Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Sidecar Tavern
A Grapevine staple for nearly 12 years, Ferrari’s Villa is family-owned and -operated and the only four-plus-star upscale, authentic Italian restaurant located in the Dallas Fort Worth area. “We are hands-on in everything. The owners are there to meet and greet our guests,” says owner Jane Secchi. “Upon entering Ferrari’s Italian Villa, you are immediately welcomed and feel at home while you listen to the sounds of Italian music and enjoy our wood-burning ovens.” The restaurant offers steaks and homemade pastas made daily.
Ferrari’s has seven private rooms that can accommodate eight to 100 people. “Our rooms are decorated differently, and each has its own sense of style not to mention our lovely outdoor garden patios where we have had the pleasure in performing small weddings, anniversaries or simply used for cocktails and receptions. We also have occasional buyouts where guests get to enjoy the entire restaurant catered to their group alone,” says Secchi. The restaurant is 9,000 square feet and can accom- modate 300 for a sit-down dinner or 400 for a cocktail reception.
The more casual side of the restaurant is Sidecar Tavern. The 1,200-square-foot space can accommodate 80 people for a sit-down dinner or 150 for a reception. “Sidecar Tavern also has a large backyard and gardens with its own bar and cooking area that can accommodate an additional 200 people for cocktails while they enjoy their favorite sports on our TVs or for a 30-person sit-down dinner,” says Secchi. The menu at Sidecar is more casual, serving dishes such as Romana-style pizzas, sandwiches and pastas along with craft beers and wines.
Dino’s Steak and Clawhouse
Established in 2009, the upscale Dino’s Steak and Clawhouse occupies a vintage bank building that dates back to the early 1900s in historic downtown Grapevine. “We still have the original vault room that is used for small private dinners. The room holds up to 12 guests,” says Jessica Pizzonia, Dino’s manager.
The restaurant features Prime-certified Angus beef from a Midwest farm. All of its seafood is delivered fresh daily and is in-house cleaned and prepared. “We use the freshest ingredients to accompany all of our dishes to execute a fabulous culinary experience,” says Pizzonia. “And all of our entrees come accompanied with a starch and a vegetable, unlike most steak houses.” In addition, its wine list features over 150 wines from around the country and the world. “We continue to grow our list monthly to offer each of our guests something that will appeal to their palate and enhance their dining experience,” says Pizzonia.
An upstairs dining room can seat 100 guests comfortably or the entire restaurant can accommodate up to 170 people. The interior features custom wood and has the feel of an authentic New York or Chicago steak house.
Dino's offers large private dining and pre-select menus for all parties over 16 guests. “We have hosted many large corporations from around the globe as well as locally,” notes Pizzonia.
Corky’s Gaming Bistro
When it comes to group dining, Corky’s is not just a restaurant, it’s an action-packed team-building hub, brimming with activities that are geared toward groups of all sizes.
“Corky’s is a social gathering place with excellent food, great fun and an ideal spot for corporate and group events,” says Neil Hupfauer, Corky’s cofounder and president.
Opened in August 2018, the 13,675-square-foot venue is a destination in and of itself. Want to see if your team can crack the puzzle of an escape room? Corky’s has four to choose from with four different experiences: Breakout of the high-security prison, Alcatraz; avoid being kidnapped by a diabolical nurse; escape the alternate jungle realm of a seemingly inno- cent board game; or be transported back in time to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper. You can also relive your high school days at the arcade with games such as Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat or Pac Man. Or impress your colleagues with your steady hand and eye coordination with a little ax throwing. All these activities are paired with a full bar and a menu of American food with a decidedly Hispanic influence.
“We offer a full-service bar, including tap and can wines, mixed drinks, and a broad selection of craft, canned and draft beers,” says Hupfauer.
Group packages for 16 or more individuals are available, or the entire venue can be reserved for parties of 80-140.