Italian restaurant Partenope Ristorante will open in the downtown area of Richardson’s Core District in mid-2023. The restaurant will be at 110 S. Greenville Ave. near the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Greenville Avenue.

According to a city press release, the Partenope Ristorante location will be the first new full-service, sit-down restaurant slated for the downtown area since the city’s redevelopment planning efforts and major infrastructure investments in the Core District.

“As evidenced by this new restaurant announcement, the Core’s downtown area is growing, transforming and well-positioned to serve as the eclectic, vibrant, walkable heart of our community,” Richardson City Manager Don Magner said in a statement. “Years of strategic visioning by stakeholders and thoughtful reinvestment by the city are really beginning to pay off in a big way. We’re excited about this area’s enhanced vitality and what it means for our community as people increasingly come here to live, work, shop, dine and play.”

According to city officials, the restaurant is owned by husband and wife Dino and Megan Santonicola, who opened their first Partenope in downtown Dallas in 2019. Partenope serves Southern Italian cuisine and earned the Vera Pizza Napoletana certification, which signifies that its pizza meets the Neapolitan-style standard.

“When I moved to Dallas from Seattle in 2011, I immediately settled right here in Richardson,” Santonicola said in a statement. “We are truly excited to be opening Partenope here, bringing the comforting cuisine and warm hospitality of Naples to our home community.”

The new Richardson location will also feature a patio, providing flexible seating options and more connectivity to the enhanced streetscape, according to city officials. 214-563-6222.