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Delicious freshly-baked cakes are now available at Alfonso's Italian Restaurant in Olde Lake Highlands. Customer Karen Zahulek knows a good thing when she sees one--and tastes one!

CRAB CAKES ARE BACK! Expanded Bar, New “Ladies Night” Specials on Thursdays Becoming a Popular Option

Owner Pete Colombo wants his veteran customers to know his restaurant’s famous crab cakes are back.

“I took them off the menu for a while, but people kept asking for them,” he said recently.

After 35 successful years in Lake Highlands, Alfonso’s has an updated menu, crisp atmosphere and new staff to keep up with the times.

Established in 1982 in Casa Linda Plaza, serving pizza and pasta dishes in a rustic old style Italian setting, the restaurant was named after owner Peter Colombo’s father.  Pete tries to keep his ingredients as fresh as possible, following in the footsteps of his dear ol’ dad and his love of enjoying only the freshest food available.

With just six seats at the bar in Alfonso's for the past two and a half decades, it was hard for neighbors to mingle there. Now the expanded bar seats 16 people, with another 20 seats at the tables in the bar area, 30 more than in the previous 25 years. Regular customers are enjoying a drink and a dinner at the new bar and Colombo couldn't be happier about it.

Known for his generosity to local schools--such as DISD's Hexter Elementary a Block away--Pete Colombo is an icon in the neighborhood. Many neighborhood teens get their first job working for him, as a hostess, bus boy, or server.

The addition of a new “Ladies Night” on Thursday at the bar, with entrees half-price for the women who dine there, has kept the restaurant hopping, adding to the excitement in the established neighborhood.

Crab Cakes and Chocolate Cake

In addition to the return of the popular Crab Cakes, giant freshly-baked cakes are also displayed on the bar to entice patrons to stay for dessert.

Pete hopes his place will be serving up the best in Italian dishes for the next 35 years. His neighbors, and new customers, hope so too.


Alfonso’s is located at 718 N Buckner Boulevard, #222 in Lake Highlands, Dallas, 75218.

Open Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. for lunch and Sunday at 11:30, the restaurant closes on weeknights at 9:30, 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Contact the restaurant at: 214-327-7777 or see:


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