Ferré

Last night we went to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s gala concert (very enjoyable and featuring the exquisite concert violinist Hilary Hahn, who, by the way, calls herself “basically vegetarian” in her online profile) and tried a restaurant that’s so perfectly situated to Bass Hall that it seems too good to be true. But it is, in fact, very good. Ferré (note that the menu online is not the one currently featured at the restaurant), an upscale, modern Italian restaurant, faces Bass Hall; we went to dinner before the concert so all we had to do was walk across the street after dinner (if you’ve ever rushed through dinner before an engagement you’ll appreciate how much that convenience can help the evening to be a relaxing one). Lucky for us, the restaurant offers all bottles of wine for half-off on Tuesdays.Among the meatless options (ranging from about $14 to $17) was a house-made pappardelle (wide, flat pasta ribbons) flecked with herbs and served with a pureed mushroom sauce, chopped fresh tomatoes, and bits of fresh goat cheese. While it was very good, the pasta was more al dente than I expected (or maybe just not as tender as you’d think for fresh, house-made pasta, which is something Ferré features). There was also a green garlic-stuffed ravioli with dried tomatoes that I’ll probably try next time, plus some great-looking pizzas (at least one option was meatless and probably others could be made to order). We split a Caprese salad to start (it had orange tomatoes, red onions, fresh mozzarella, and plenty of basil and was very good), and the starters menu also featured at least one other salad and a crostini that are safe for vegetarians. This is a great spot for a pre- or post-performance meal; while it’s not a meatless mecca, there’s certainly enough to choose from, and a mixed crowd of diners—such as ours—will be very happy there.