Toscana Italian Steakhouse

Since its opening last summer, much of the local chatter surrounding The Barfield Hotel has emanated from its underground speakeasy—and rightly so—but don’t overlook the boutique hotel’s fine dining at Toscana Italian Steakhouse.

Executive Chef Joseph Guzman developed the upscale restaurant’s menu. A West Texas native, Guzman worked with Toscana for the past two years to season this authentically Texas steakhouse with savory Italian flair. Heavy on premium Panhandle beef and locally grown vegetables, Toscana’s menu also includes scratch-made pastas and sauces made in house.

We loved the prime beef tenderloin on a garlic mash with baked veggies, topped with a flavorful black pepper gorgonzola crust. Other popular dishes include the caprese salad, charcuterie-style Skillet al Formaggio, and for dessert, the melt-in-your-mouth zeppoles. Think of them as tiny Italian doughnuts, available with a variety of dipping sauces.

Currently the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch for hotel guests as well as walk-in patrons. Guzman says Toscana plans to host a number of special events every month, with holiday prix fixe menus for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and beyond.

600 S. Polk St.