Owner Phil Romano is opening a new covered rooftop lounge with a view of the Dallas skyline at his Trinity Groves restaurant, Saint Rocco's, Tuesday, October 4, 2016. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Owner Phil Romano is opening a new covered rooftop lounge with a view of the Dallas skyline at his Trinity Groves restaurant, Saint Rocco's, Tuesday, October 4, 2016. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

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Next time you go to Trinity Groves, the restaurant park at the bottom of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, look up. Italian restaurant Saint Rocco's now has a third-story patio with pretty perfect views of the Dallas skyline.

Dallas entrepreneur Phil Romano debuts restaurant of his lifetime, Saint Rocco's

The restaurant (on the first floor) has been open almost exactly a year. It comes from Phil Romano, one of Dallas' best-known entrepreneurs and the creative conceptor behind Romano's Macaroni Grill, Eatzi's, Fuddrucker's and many more. Romano says Saint Rocco's is a personal project, meant to mirror the Italian suppers he grew up eating. Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner gave it two stars in late 2015.

While Saint Rocco's restaurant feels like old-time New York, with big tables where Romano says his Italian friends can 'sit and argue,' the new upstairs lounge is airy and organized, like you're sitting in a garden in Europe. 

At the third-story bar, chef Jay Valley has assembled a snack menu that includes paninis with thick, house-made potato chips; a charcuterie board; and desserts like nutella mousse parfait and strawberry shortcake made with a moist olive-oil-basil cake. 

The bar serves beer, wine and cocktails, plus a special menu of adult milkshakes in chocolate or black-cherry vanilla.

To access the second-floor banquet room or third-floor covered lounge, walk to the back of the restaurant and take the elevator or the stairs.

To access the second-floor banquet room or third-floor covered lounge, walk to the back of the restaurant and take the elevator or the stairs.

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At first, the lounge will be open Fridays and Saturdays beginning Oct. 7 -- just in time for Texas-OU weekend.

The lounge, while open-air, also has air-conditioning and misters when needed.

Hiding on the second floor is a new, private dining room that can be rented out for banquets, business meetings and wedding receptions. 

Flip through photos of the new rooftop patio and banquet room:

Saint Rocco's is located at 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas. Details here.

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