Danilo Di Nardo, VP of Lombardi Family Concepts, introduces Maison Chinoise as an upscale yet accessible neighborhood restaurant, emphasizing its moderate pricing compared to other Dallas dining establishments, according to a Local Profile article which reports,
“”We want this to be upscale, but approachable,” Danilo Di Nardo tells me. “This is a neighborhood restaurant.” Out front, sure, there are Ferraris and Rolls, but I cast my eye over the menu. The prices are nowhere near the eye-watering ones at so many new arrivals on the Dallas dining scene. Like Di Nardo says, approachable.
Decked out in a light green suit and crisp white shirt, Di Nardo is Lombardi Family Concepts’ vice president of operations. It’s a day before the opening of Maison Chinoise, the latest concept from famed Dallas restaurateur Alberto Lombardi, founder and owner of the company that bears his name. Collin County residents are more than familiar with the Lombardi restaurants Kai, Toulouse Cafe & Bar and Lombardi Cucina Italiana, among others.”
Alberto Lombardi maintains his tradition of selecting skilled chefs who stay true to the cuisine’s regional roots. For Maison Chinoise, he brought in Executive Chef Ivan Yuen and collaborated with Corporate Chef Massimo Esposito, according to an Eater Dallas article which says,
“At the helm of each of Lombardi’s concepts are carefully selected chefs, chose by Alberto, with the knowledge that the team at each restaurant is curating a menu true to the regions from which it takes inspiration. His latest, Maison Chinoise, which specializes in contemporary Chinese cuisine on Knox-Henderson, is no different.
Lombardi recruited Ivan Yuen as the restaurant’s executive chef for Maison Chinoise. He curated the menu with the company’s corporate chef, Massimo Esposito.”
Maison Chinoise seeks to offer a fresh perspective on traditional Chinese cuisine, presenting dishes with artistic flatware and a modern twist, according to Executive Chef Ivan Yuen.