Best Italian restaurant in NC for sure. Housemade pastas and sauces, fantastic cocktails, patés are amazing. If you love Italian food, please go here.
Oct 5, 2023
This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel. We were unable to walk in to get a table so we sat at the bar. The bartender Peter was so knowledgeable on the menu and gave great honest recommendations. The food was fine but nothing to write home about. Maybe we ordered the wrong dishes. Next time we are in Durham, we may give it another try.
Oct 1, 2023
My wife found this place on a recent "girls" day out, after seeing Wicked @DPAC. I got to thoroughly enjoy her leftovers WOW. She and I attended a pasta (and ragu) making demo/cooking class. That was informative and excellent. It included an educational wine tasting, a sampling of a few other house specialties as appetizers, as well as another full helping of the fresh made demo pasta and ragu. I highly recommend don't balk because of the price. You will leave full, probably with leftovers and a swag bag that did not disappoint.. Each of us got one, and It included a pint of ragu, a pound of pasta and a bottle of wine.. A great experience. Preplan your parking and avoid DPAC shows and Durham Bulls games, especially. On the same day.. sorry, not a foodie, so didn't think get a before pic...
Jun 4, 2023
Traveling on business, I sat at the bar dining alone, the bartender was quite pleasant and friendly and made a few recommendations for appetizers and entrees. If you're an eggplant fan, and I am, you should take advantage of probably the best eggplant parmesan available. That's a great main dish and the red sauce, gravy is also quite good. The disappointment during this trip was the appetizer which was mozzarella wrapped in kale. It lacked any sort of flavor or substance as a standalone and the pickled radish on top would have been a nice compliment however it's sat on a bed of what appeared to be marinated onion in the combination of the three together was quite off-putting. Outside of that when in Durham, and in the mood for incredible eggplant, this is a must visit.
May 7, 2023
We literally stumbled upon this hidden gem in Durham downtown..and we were truly delighted.. certainly very very authentic Italian food.. that was so delicious !! Very friendly staff and they had good gluten-free options!
Mar 11, 2023
We took our family of 6 plus a 14-month old for a 5:30 Valentine's Day reservation:)
The chef had prepared a special Valentines menu. Our group was large enough that we ordered at least one of every entree, beef, fish and pork, and each was delicious. The paired wines were perfectly matched to each meal.
Our group enjoyed the meal and our time together. We were not rushed and enjoyed the atmosphere...not too loud, not too quiet.
Mar 4, 2023
Excellent and flavorful food at a competitive price. Dinner was very affordable for the quality of the ingredients. We will be coming back to try again. The only thing that wasn't very impressive but still acceptable was the service. They missed basic things, like immediately suggesting ideas for new people eating, refilling drinks when you see an empty glass, and asking when you're ready to order. It may have just been an off day for the waiter, but overall, it was a wonderful place to have an Italian dinner.
Feb 4, 2023
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.