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Pizzeria Toro in Durham to reopen

Open and just as good as ever. Nothing's changed, not even the excellent staff. It's great to have them back.

New to Raleigh & Need Food Options

You can get that great bread from New Jersey in ciabatta and baguettes as well as fabulous hot and sweet Italian sausages, San Marzano tomatoes, unfilled cannoli shells and tubs of filling at Roma Italian Market in Morrisville.

Since we discovered the bread, we don't buy any other.

May 02, 2014
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Best South Durham Resto News Ever

We tried the other day and tacos were good in fact, the shredded pork tacos were the star. Unfortunately we couldn't resist an order of chili reillenos which were not dipped in egg batter and fried but were somehow smothered in sauce, were not hot so the cheese wasn't melted and were quite soggy. Very disappointing.

You have been warned.

Oct 30, 2013
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Asheville appetizer tour

I understand the joy of wandering around to different restaurants but you could accomplish the same thing by just staying at Curate. Each of their small plates is extraordinary. Each is different. And if you're lucky and tell them it's your anniversary they might make a special dessert for you like they did for my husband's birthday. Happy anniversary.

Oct 25, 2013
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[ONE] in Chapel Hill - throws down the culinary gauntlet !

Best dinner we've had in North Carolina was early this month at Curate in Asheville. Chef Katie Button has very similar experience and also cooked at El Bulli. I have no doubt One will be a thrilling experience. Looking to a visit as soon as possible.

Sep 23, 2013
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PINE NUTS--DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL

I bought some good looking pine nuts at Fresh Market on Friday but when I got them home I noticed they say China on the little package. We try not to eat foods imported from China if we can help it so I am going to return them.

I am very surprised Fresh Market sources their pine nuts from China.

Sep 23, 2013
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Asheville, one dinner:Admiral or Seven sows?

Had dinner at Curate Sunday. It is not traditional like Jaleo. It is one extraordinary plate after another. Not all typically Spanish. Skewered lamb with moroccan seasonings was so outstanding we ordered it twice. Pequillo peppers fried and topped with shaved bonito were unbelievable. It was a meal to remember. If you don't go to Curate, you're really missing something special. Sit at the bar. Watch the chefs do their thing. Have some freshly made Sangria. Share the patatas bravas with the people sitting next to you. I promise you a very special evening.

Sep 10, 2013
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Asheville -- Restaurant Recommendation for Dinner

We were at Curate Sunday night and it was totally thrilling. We have been to Table and found the food terrific but the room is so dark, you can't see what you're eating. Zambra is also quite good but I don't think there's anything that compares to Curate in Asheville, maybe in all of North Carolina. It is truly that special.

Sep 10, 2013
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Italian Sausage

Just saw post about Lafayette Village that mentioned Antonio's is now closed. Too bad. It was the best we'd found anywhere around.

May 25, 2013
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Italian Sausage

We miss Conti's, too. I got some good Italian sausage at Antonio's in Lafayette Village, on Falls of Neuse near 540. I tried both sweet and hot from Antonio's and prefer the sweet.

Capri Flavors in Morrisville is wonderful Italian market but I don't remember seeing any sausage there.

May 25, 2013
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Place with good/great food open mid-afternoons? Preferably Chapel Hill/Carrboro

L'uva Enoteca is one of our favorite places. I believe they're open all day until they close in the evening. If you're there when they offer dinner menu, and I don't know when that starts, they have half orders of pasta that might be just the right size for Lulu. I am also a pushover for any of the fish dishes there.

Mar 21, 2013
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Anyone been to "eat" on HHI? or "nosh" in Blufton?

Definitely go. We haven't been in a year or two since we don't get to HH very often but I remember having very good meal there. Our waiter was very familiar with the menu and advised us well. Room is very nice. We usually eat mostly seafood and salads. I looked at current menu and see lots of things I'd order in a heartbeat. Go and enjoy.

Mar 10, 2013
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Wilmington - Casual Lunch Place Near Downtown

We've always liked Catch alot. In fact, we used to drive down from Chapel Hill for a great seafood lunch. Keith Rhodes is a vastly talented chef and we'd choose either Catch or his new Vietnamese place which has a great sounding menu.

Feb 16, 2013
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Grand Asia Market, Raleigh

There are some wonderful dumplings in the freezer case made in New York. Can't remember name right now but they come in pork with cabbage, shrimp and pork with leeks and small round pork dumplings very much like soup dumplings. Large bags have about 40 dumplings in each. I pan fry pork and cabbage and shrimp and pork with with leeks, soup dumplings I steam or boil in stock. They also have some shrimp dumplings that come in smaller packages. Brand I buy is made from shrimp, another brand seems to have that fake fish listed before shrimp on package. I tried some frozen baked pork buns and would advise you stay away from them. On weekends, you can get dim sum at the restaurant there. Everything we've tasted is pretty good.
Fresh vegetables are very good but much is pre-packaged and are too much of one thing for us. Mushrooms are very good, ginger is freshest we've found.

Feb 10, 2013
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Hayashi Ya in Brier Creek

Well, we were near Briar Creek the other day and gave it a try. Sadly, we were both right. Place is not very good. Sushi had small portion of rice, which is good, sashimi was nicely cut but strangely had little taste. Tempura was swimming in grease. I think maybe Greg Cox just can't be trusted with Japanese food.

Feb 10, 2013
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Hayashi Ya in Brier Creek

Glad you asked. I've been wondering, too. Menu certainly doesn't give me much hope. Could it have been a typo?

Jan 30, 2013
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Suggestions for Restaurant Week in the Triangle?

We were quite pleased. Room is smaller than I thought it would be, and was full. Service was attentive. Restaurant Week menu let us choose any large plate and a salad for $10 at lunch. A good deal for Restaurant Week here which doesn't seem to offer many. We chose Korean Seafood Noodle and Walnut Prawns. Salads to start were excellent with a light miso and I think raspberry vinegar dressing. Walnut Prawns were great presentation with, I think, 6 large prawns deep fried on a bed of cabbage and topped with honied walnuts. Dish was crisp and a little dry, but I think it was supposed to be that way. My opinion was Seafood Noodle dish was the star of the show. Large scallops, lots of shrimp, mushrooms, scallions, maybe carrots, too, tossed with udon noodles in a spicy Korean sauce. Reminded me of something I had at An but I don't remember what it was called. We loved everything. Desert menu looked good, but we were pretty happy by then. Enjoyed it all so much, I'm planning to go back with husband so he can give it a try.

I'm happy I went. Will certainly go back again. Stay away from first table in the dining room on a cold day. Even though it's a long way from the door, it was very drafty every time someone came in or left.

Jan 23, 2013
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Suggestions for Restaurant Week in the Triangle?

I've been meaning to try Element in Chapel Hill, from the former owner of An. This is the perfect excuse. Going for lunch today. Will report back.

Jan 22, 2013
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3-Cups (Chapel Hill, NC) closing

I'm sorry to see them go, too. I thought their wine selection was inspired - everything we tried was great.

Jan 22, 2013
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Pizzeria Toro in Durham is open!

Thanks to your report we tried lunch at Pizzeria Toro today and couldn't have enjoyed it more. Pizza is different from any other we've had, and it may just be the best. The sprinkling of salt and olive oil on the crust when the pizza comes out of the wood fired oven really brings out the flavor of the pizza. We didn't try the kale but the baby lettuce salad was superb. Greens were handled with care and perfectly dressed. Pizza is so light, we probably could have eaten two which we'll try and do next time. Choices are hard because everything sounds luscious. Service was attentive and everyone on staff wanted us to enjoy the meal. We certainly did.

Nov 27, 2012
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Lox in Raleigh / South Wake

It's a little far and a little pricey, but A Southern Season hand slices their lox and smoked salmon. I find the Smoked Scottish Salmon particularly good and I'm happy with a 1/4 of that instead of a bigger package of the inferior stuff. Plus they're always glad to let you try whatever they have so you can choose what tastes best to you.

Nov 20, 2012
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Raleigh Triangle - Your Favorite Salsa

I agree. Salsa and fresh chips from On the Border were wonderful. We really miss the one in Durham. In fact, we haven't found a good rice and beans kind of Mexican restaurant to replace it and don't think we haven't tried. Somehow the Durham cantina was better than either the one in Cary or North Raleigh.

Salsa at Tonali can be terrific but you just never know which one he's going to make. And it's definitely not a gooey enchillada, rice and beans kind of place.

Nov 20, 2012
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Need a decent restaurant, wheelchair accessible, easy parking IN CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO

When I broke my leg and was in a wheelchair, I found 411 West most comfortable for lunch. There is a handicapped space ub tge kit right next door to the restaurant. The wide doors are easy in and out. Haven't been there in a while but liked the food, especially fish specials and fresh pasta. In fact, I like it better for lunch than for dinner.

Oct 14, 2012
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Pizza Quest - DC Area. Pacci's or Pizza CS or Pizzeeria Da Marco?

Back from trip and wanted to report. Went to Pizza DeMarco on the way up. Place was pretty empty but it was raining. Got lunch pizza (Margarita) & salad for $10.95. Pizza was only fair - too much sauce made it quite soggy. Not much flavor. Ordered one each, but pizza is larger than usual Neopolitan so we would have been fine with splitting one.

Coming home, we stopped at Pizzeria Orso near Tyson's Corners. Margarita again. Dough had great flavor. Good sauce and cheese. If crust had been done just a little more on the bottom, it would have ranked right up there with the best we've had. Order of meatballs was even better than the pizza. Service was first rate. If we lived in the area, we'd be regulars.

Thanks for advice. Next time we'll try and get to CS.

Pizza Quest - DC Area. Pacci's or Pizza CS or Pizzeeria Da Marco?

You all are lucky to have so many great choices. In the Raleigh area, we have exactly one. Thanks for info. Close to highway made it an easy choice. DeMarco here we come. Thanks.

Pizza Quest - DC Area. Pacci's or Pizza CS or Pizzeeria Da Marco?

Driving from NC to York, PA tomorrow. We'd like to get a good Neopolitan pizza off I-95 for lunch. I looked at Pizzeria DaMarco in Bethesda, Pizza CS in Rockville and Pacci's Pizzeria in Silver Spring. Which one should we stop at? Or is there someplace else you know about that I haven't found?

Thanks for help.

L'Uva, Durham

We still love L'uva. We'd go there for the bread alone but fortunately we don't have to. Usually order at least one of the fish specials and pasta bolognaise if it's on the menu. Salads are original and perfectly dressed. We've been for lunch and Sunday brunch a couple of weeks ago. We were delighted to see many of our lunchtime favorites on the brunch menu and the antipasto laid out on the bar looked delicious. We've probably been at least a dozen times and never left unhappy although I remember a Bresaola appetizer that was less than thrilling. We like the room and service has always been attentive and professional.

Aug 27, 2012
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Maru (Cary)

We tried Maru for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I, too, was impressed. Sushi was carefully made, fish was fresh and well cut, and there was wasabi on the sushi in the classic Japanese fashion. Salad that came with sushi lunch was much better than usual. Service was attentive. We will be back soon.

Jul 22, 2012
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Good NY Style Bagels (Raleigh/Durham)

I like NY Bagels on Falls of Neuse, too. One in Cary is supposed to be owned by same people but I don't think they're as good in Cary - also more expensive, go figure.

As for lox, they do hand cut it at Southern Season or at least they used to before change of ownership. It is absurdly expensive but the best I've found around here. Harris Teeter has prepackaged Admiral's Norwegian Salmon that's much better than their acme trimmings. It was recently on sale for half price. They also carry whitefish salad that's quite good on a bagel..

Jul 19, 2012
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Kids are Gone--How to Prioritize Triangle Eating Opportunities?

We've been out of town so perhaps you can use info for later on in the summer.

We don't like driving at night so we go out mostly for lunch. Current favorite places are L'uva in Durham at American Tobacco, Komo-Komo, a small very casual Korean/French bistro owned by a former Duke Washington Inn chef/CIA graduate, in Cary. We have been to Lantern and although it's always good, it's never made us want to come back the next day. Love Bella Mia and its pizzas but service is way too slow for a place that makes pizzas. Table is good and specials are usually interesting. Tonali is very good, miles and miles above any Mexican restaurant around and we always enjoy our meal. Even though it's close enough that we go for dinner, it doesn't seem to call out to us like our first choices do.

Revolution was one of our favorites since I think Jim Anile is a genius with fish. When they closed for lunch and opened L'uva, we took our appetites there. Starting with the best bread in the state, I can vouch for any of the fish dishes, pasta, risotto and extraordinary lasagna Bolognese. Menu changes often and I always have a hard time choosing between dishes that all sound as praiseworthy as the squid ink pasta I had last time we were there. We still like Revolution for dinner.

Jun 30, 2012
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