This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Durham! I could eat here every week. The squid ink pasta is hands down one of the most flavorful dishes I have ever experienced. The service and atmosphere are both outstanding! It's best to have a reservation as they are usually pretty crowded. When I go I usually request Katie!! She's amazing and she ALWAYS suggests the BEST dishes to try!! I ❤ this place and I'm so glad it's here in the Bull City!!!!! :)
May 14, 2019
Mothers & Sons Trattoria has achieved something very special. I often think Italian food achieved perfection through simplicity. Don't mess with it. Somehow the chefs here have added a modern touch to their dishes, but still maintain the classic and simple elegance of what Italian food is. Seriously some of the best food I've ever had. The staff were professional, helpful, and the service was quick. Highly recommend.
May 26, 2019
Fantastic. Service is stellar. Food is delicious. Atmosphere is very nice as well. Very good mixed drinks. One of my favorite spots and I would recommend to anyone.
Mar 29, 2019
Both of our dining experiences here were beyond memorable. The menu allows you to choose something safe and comforting at the same time offering options are are new and daring. The service both times was amazing, the wait staff is extremely informative and always made spot on recommendations.
This is not your usual Italian food. Erase all your expectations about Italian food and go make a reservation.
If the food wasn't good enough, the atmosphere is intimate and warm. The dining room is one large room with subdued classic lighting. Looking around, you can appreciate all the fine details in the decor that took a lot of thought and care. Our last visit was with friends, and the atmosphere, the food, and the service made it quite a memorable evening.
Jun 1, 2019
I really wanted to like this place, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. The ambience is great- I love the cozy, intimate feel, but the noise level was incredibly loud. The menu was a bit difficult to navigate, but I think that was exacerbated by a perhaps overly helpful server. We didn’t have much time to read through the menu on our own and discuss our choices without being hounded at every server visit to order “10-12 small plates for the table to share” for a party of 6. I appreciate the family style concept, but it felt like the approach was more about upselling and getting us to order “enough” food. The food was fresh and had some really great flavors, but I come from an Italian family and even with an appreciation for scratch made Italian back home in New England, nothing we ordered really wowed me. At the end of the night, we were stunned when the bill came and we spent about 40/pp and left feeling fairly unsatisfied. We also had mentioned we were celebrating a birthday and I was surprised there was no acknowledgment for the person we were celebrating. There are so many great restaurants in downtown Durham and I felt for what we spent, we would have had a much less stressful and enjoyable experience somewhere else.
Jul 8, 2019
This restaurant is the final word in modern Italian cuisine. Always delicious choices, always awesome specials, always fantastic cocktails, have never had a bad experience at this place. Recommended, 5 stars! (Pro tip, get a reservation well in advance - otherwise you are out of luck getting a table same day).
Jun 23, 2019
I left so happily stuffed and excited to come again!! Every course was delicious and the staff there were super helpful. I love the atmosphere of this place. Highly suggest!