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Mothers & Sons Trattoria


107 W Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-8247
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Photo of Palazoloup Palazoloup
Feb 4, 2023 4

Great location and service was first class. Wine list is mostly Italian with some good values. We had a group of 4 and two of us loved our meals and 2 were disappointed. The cavatelli with rapini and fennel was way over spiced and extremely salty. The tagliatelle ragu was ok, but needed spice and cheese. Bruschetta appetizer was very tasty and different. It was very busy and you need a reservation.

Photo of Montana Lee Montana Lee
Oct 21, 2022 3

Great atmosphere, decor, and service. The food is so so. Fritto misto wasn’t that hot and crispy. My paccheri cacio r pepe wasn’t that hot (it was probably done first out of all my table’s dishes) and was drowning in cheese. Way too much cheese/cream. Same thing for the polenta. The squid ink chitarra and butternut squash gnocchi, as well as the panna cotta, were good though. Overall a fun place for a night out, but I wouldn’t return just for the food.

Photo of Jennifer Hicks Jennifer Hicks
Oct 11, 2022 5

I had the baked potato gnocchi in a fall squash fondue sauce which was amazing. The desserts were tasty as well. Our server was a young lady at the bar and she was so kind and friendly, she also made recommendations for me since I have a food allergy. The owner and chef were also super accommodating and very nice. Make sure to make reservations as they are busy.

Photo of Eamonn Shanahan Eamonn Shanahan
Sep 2, 2022 5

A Pasta course was never meant to be the only course. It's too filling. This is the only Italian restaurant locally that makes its own pasta in-house, and where the portion sizes are just right. Outstanding overall...and not that expensive. Pietro was our server. We will definitely ask for him again as he is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Photo of David Thomson David Thomson
Sep 1, 2022 5

I have been bringing my family here for the last 4 years and we consistently have the best meals and service. The atmosphere is fun and alive! Highly recommend the black squid pasta. If you can get Aidan as your server, she is the best- Absolutely best restaurant in Durham and Raleigh- worth the wait. Came back for graduation- brought my family in from Pittsburgh. We had an extraordinary visit once again. Aidan is no longer there but Bahar (spelling?) did a great job. Truly one of favorite experiences in Durham. Thank you for making memories for 4+ years. Well- Aidan is BACK- so, we returned and she treated us so well- Zach is returning for grad school- so we have another year to visit this amazing spot- thank you for the memories- latest picture attached- Aidan could remove her mask! BEST experience- BEST food-

Photo of Alex Fowler Alex Fowler
Aug 8, 2022 3

The food was very good Saturday night. However, the service unfortunately left a bad taste in my mouth. While taking our initial appetizer orders, the server asked if we were ready to order our entrees. I have done that before if I was in a rush, but the suggestion seemed like she just wanted to turn the table. If I'm spending $130+ I do not want to feel like I'm rushed. She also assisted our neighboring table with the same pushy attitude. As the neighboring guests ordered bruschetta, she asked about entrees as well. They indicated they were not ready. Then she said, "I just want to warn you that if you don't order now, it may take a long time to get your food because we are very busy." Yeah, of course you are busy. It's a weekend at one of the most popular restaurants in Durham. The last thing you want to feel on a nice date is the feeling of being rushed. It really dampened the experience, which had the potential to be top-notch.

Photo of Pamela Forero Lozano Pamela Forero Lozano
May 20, 2022 5

The pasta dishes are really amazing. Nothing could beat the fresh flavors of each dish. It really feels that every dish was made with love. We had the Tagliatelle Al Ragu, Cacio E Pepe, and the octopus antipasti. All of them were really good, the octopus was delicious! I must say, another unexpected highlight was the delicious dessert! (Picture). It was a great experience, especially because the staff was super friendly.

Photo of Abby Abby
Apr 4, 2022 5

Food and service were both fantastic (our sever's name was Noah). Pastas were cooked well and the flavors were great. The octopus appetizer was good as well. The best Italian food I've had at this price point!