Owner & Founder
Alberto Lombardi was born and raised in Forli, a small town in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. In 1973, after traveling the world and working in Italy, Belgium, Germany and on cruise ships, he put down roots in Dallas, Texas, where he opened his first restaurant, Lombardi's.
The original Lombardi's restaurant was an homage to the northern Italian cuisine he grew up with in Forli. Comfortable and charming in its approach, the bistro on McKinney Avenue left a mark on Dallas, where the restaurant was one of the first in an area now known for its culinary scene.
Since then, Lombardi has become a nationally-renowned restaurateur having opened numerous successful dining concepts in locations not just across Texas, but the United States. Ranging from Italian trattorias to Asian-Fusion restaurants, his personalized restaurants offer more than just a delicious meal; they provide a special place where customers feel at home. This year, 2021, marks Lombardi's 44 years as a restaurant owner and he welcomes you to KĀI Asian Bistro and Lounge!