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Best Pizza in Raleigh

No better pizza around than Bella Mia in Cary. From the minute we walked in, we were converted. Just my opinion but the new true Italian pizzas made with Italian flour, San Marzanos or other good tomatoes and truly fresh cheese are a quantum leap forward in pizza making. In fact, when we travel, we now look for good pizza and we've happily found it. Pizzaria Blanco in Phoenix, Punch in Minneapolis/St Paul and Bella Mia here are our top three choices in the US. Service is excellent, the room is beautiful and the $9 lunch Margarita special which comes with a carefully dressed salad is one of the best deals I know. Great beer selection, too. If you haven't been to Bella Mia, Raleigh Guy, I don't know what you're waiting for.

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Bella Mia
2025 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513

Jun 28, 2011
Parsley in Southeast

Best Italian preferably near RDU

You might be able to get real NY Pizza in Morehead, but real Neopolitan coal fired pizza at Bella Mia will change your world. It'll make you feel good all the way to Mexico.

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Bella Mia
2025 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513

Feb 22, 2011
Parsley in Southeast

Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

Gee, we ate at Espana and thought it was wonderful. But we had Tapas and Salads, no large dishes or paella. In fact, we're planning on going back on our next trip. Also enjoyed Lulu's for lunch which was recommended by Chef at Merge. We have been delighted with our choices in Fernandina Beach. Our only disappointment so far was 29 South which we found ordinary. Majik, I guess we just have different tastes.

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Espana Restaurant
22 S 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Feb 19, 2011
Parsley in Florida

Mario Batali fresh Ravioli. What a discovery!

Until now, I thought ravioli was something I'd go out for. Then I tried Mario Batali 4-cheese Ravioli and was knocked out. Boom. Instant gratification. Love at first bite. Found them in the fresh food case at BJs, near the cheese. Less than $10 for a big package that divides in two. Each section makes generous dinner for four in less than 10 minutes, as fast as you can heat some sauce and make a salad.

There are also raviolis filled with veal that I didn't try. And a couple of Mario's pasta sauces in jars. I think I saw Vodka and another one. Since we make our own sauce, I wasn't tempted. But based on our experience with the pasta and reviews I saw when I was researching what else was in the line, I'm sure they're delicious.

Nov 18, 2010
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Is there anything decent in Amelia Island??

We just got back from Amelia Island and had one of the best meals of our lives at Merge. Thanks to posts here on Chowhound, we found it. Everything we had, from soup of the day to special calamari appetizer to the simply best salad anywhere to a listing of entrees that make choosing just one very difficult was extraordinary. This is one restaurant where I'd welcome a tasting menu. Service and ambiance as equally as good. Prices are the same as other dinner places in Fernandina Beach so it is a puzzle why everyone doesn't just go to Merge and be delighted. We'll certainly be back. I hope it's not too late for your girls' weekend.

Nov 08, 2010
Parsley in Florida

If I worked in Cary, I'd eat here at least twice a week.

Coal fired pizza with fresh cheese, sauce and a little basil. I'm easy. Comes with a great little salad at lunch time for $9.00. That's probably the best deal in the Triangle. I know it's the best tasting. I also love the meatball appetizer. Calzones look wonderful. And everyone in the place looks like they're having a good time. That's what a really good restaurant does for us all.

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Bella Mia
2025 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513

Oct 20, 2010
Parsley in Southeast

Please Help Plan our MSP Foodie Weekend!

We were in MSP recently and were blown away by two resturants: Bar La Grassa which has the most amazing pastas we ever eaten in small portions with prices to match, and Punch Pizza. The original one in St. Paul was the best although we didn't need the table service and higher prices. The one outside downtown Minneapolis came in second with it's good energy and last but not least was the new one in St. Paul with the terrific ice cream place across the street. Pizzas were the best we've had and the chopped salad was terrific. Two pizzas and chopped salad, less than $20. I wish we had one or more in NC. We miss them both and we've only been home a week.

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Punch Pizza
3226 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Oct 02, 2010
Parsley in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where can I find raw brisket in Raleigh?

I've gotten brisket at Lowes Foods when I couldn't find it at HT. If you're near Cary, I'm sure The Meat House has brisket. And I like their quality.

Sep 29, 2010
Parsley in Southeast

Thomcord Grapes. Whee can I find them?

Chapel Hill, NC. Help appreciated.

Sep 29, 2010
Parsley in Southeast

Thomcord Grapes. Whee can I find them?

We tried Thomcords on our trip to Wisconsin. Cross between Thompson and Concord and they blew me away. Someone told me to try Trader Joes, but they're out and not expecting any more in. Anyone know where I can find a couple of bunches of my new favorite grapes? Thanks.

Sep 29, 2010
Parsley in Southeast

Asheville Downtown: Sun-Mon-Tues Specials?

We were in Asheville Sunday night and had wonderful dinner at Table. Walking in, we were made to feel very welcome on a rainy night. Room is beautiful. We ordered a bunch of appetizers, as we usually do, to make a tasting menu and loved everything. Here it is Tuesday and I can still remember the butternut soup with crisp pork (I think) quinelles, the fresh tuna with spiced cabbage, the shrimp hushpuppies, savory apple tart, and something else vegetably that sounded strange but wound up to be wonderful. Speck ham was a little too dry, but the poached egg on top enriched the flavor. They make their own bread and it is crusty with great texture. The little french olives on the bread plate are wonderful to snack on. Noise level was much better than many of the new restaurants. Our only problem with Table is the lighting, or lack of it, doesn't give you a chance to see how good the food looks. If they would brighten it up a little, it would be perfect for us. And the wall of windows should make it perfect in dayllight. We'll certainly go back the next time we're in Asheville.

Sep 28, 2010
Parsley in Southeast

Where to eat in Buffalo?

Mothers, Mothers, Mothers. We've had incredible meals there, sometimes just ordering a table full of appetizers and a salad. Ribs are incredible. Meatloaf is incredible. Mussels are incredible. I have yet to try a special that wasn't. We've given gift certificates to friends from as far away as Rochester and they were delighted. We now live in North Carolina and miss Mother's most of all.

Gaulart & Maliclet

Has anyone eaten here? Lunch, dinner. Looking for good French bistro in Triangle area . Thanks.
Parsley

May 19, 2008
Parsley in General South Archive

Surprisingly good tacos @ La Hacienda in Durham

We were also fans of On The Border salsa and chips - definitely the best around - and were sorry to see them vanish with no advance warning and just a little sign on the door. Now need go to Mexican locally. I hope we can do better than LaHacienda although we never ordered soft tacos. The salsa and chips are early warning to us. We did like Tacos de Mexico in Apex but not enough to make the drive regularly.

Mar 08, 2008
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Chapel Hill to Jacksonville, then West across FL. Where should we stop?

Thanks to fellow Hounds, we had great trip and lots of good food. Also found some real Hound places I'd like to pass along.

Lunch in Savannah first day was fabulous. Used GPS to find Toucan Cafe which is well off the beaten path and behind another building so it's not easy to find. But food was wonderful - we had samon cakes and moroccan salmon which was lunch special. Service was quick and professional, room was bright and cheery and we were off I-95, well fed and back on I-95 within about an hour. A good stop.

Overnight in Jacksonville and in the morning, we headed West. Got lucky in Apalachicola when we found Avenue Sea was open for Sunday brunch. It was wonderfull and we would have and should have returned for dinner later on in the week except the drive was much longer than we anticipated. It is a serious restaurant that merits time and attention. It is very, very good. After day spent exploring Apalachicola, we stopped at The Owl Cafe for early dinner before heading to Destin. Oysters and crab cakes were both great.

In Destin area, we loved New Orleans food at Royal B, had soup and appetizers which left room for desert. Onion Soup made with roux was quite interesting and very tasty. BBQ shrimp were different from Emerils but equally delish. Also enjoyed scallops and Oysters Vieux Carre, and Chocolate Cake. Recommend them all. Bistro Bijoux was also good for dinner in Sandestin. Again had appetizers for dinner and enjoyed them immensely. Someone we met suggested we not miss Dewey Destin for the freshest seafood. It is a shack on a dirt street just before the bridge going west in Destin. Our concierge talked us out of it and sent us to Capt. Dave's on the Gulf. When will we ever learn? Go for the dive. Which we did as we made our way to Ponte Vedra Beach. Lulu's Waterfront Grille is a much nicer dive on the water. Oysters were fresh and burger was done rare as ordered. Only glitch was being charged $4.50 for two iced teas which we didn't order and didn't receive. I honestly believe this was not a mistake because when we questioned waiter about it, he immediately pointed out he hadn't charged us for the one beer we had. So my advice is enjoy the food and the setting but check your tab.

Thanks again, everyone, for helpful advice. It was great trip that introduced us to part of FL we hadn't seen before. We loved Sandestin and watching the sun rise and set over the water every day. We'll be back and hopefully hit all the places we missed.

Mar 08, 2008
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Chapel Hill to Jacksonville, then West across FL. Where should we stop?

Thanks to all posts, especially Mikah and all the links. We are on our way and will report when we get back. We are planning Chapel Hill to Ponte Vedra Beach to Apalachicola to Sandestin and depending on what we find, either return via Atlanta or maybe back to Apalachicola and then wandering back with a stop for lunch at Liam's in Thomasville, GA.

Feb 16, 2008
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Chapel Hill to Jacksonville, then West across FL. Where should we stop?

Thanks for great responses. I had something tucked away in my let's go there someday file on Apalachicola. Thanks for reminding me, Mikeh. We'll be there and maybe add a day to the trip so we can have dinner at The Gibson Inn. We're now good to go in Jacksonville thanks to Frankel. However I'm still stumped for somewhere to stop for lunch between here and Jax. I though the days of grilling Gruyere and Onion sandwiches on the engine were over. I still hope we can do better.

We are planning to come back through Atlanta. The food bar at Emeril's is always a treat.

Feb 09, 2008
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Has anyone tried China Town in Cary/Morrisville?

I tried it and it was awful. Save your time and money. There is nothing to recommend it. What a shame.

Feb 04, 2008
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Chapel Hill to Jacksonville, then West across FL. Where should we stop?

We're going to Florida panhandle and need great places to stop for lunch and dinner. Any recommendations? We might be able to make Savannah for lunch if we leave early enough. Then overnight in/around Jacksonville. Dinner and breakfast suggestions? Then a stop for lunch somewhere in North Florida. Final destination will be around Destin/Sandestin.

Looking for good food and nice places (in that order). No BBQ joints. Thanks for suggestions.

Feb 04, 2008
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Savannah

Where would a stock broker take a most valued client out to lunch? Could you recommend a real nifty place for burgers? Thanks.

Parsley

Jan 26, 2008
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If you had to recommend 1 restaurant in Raleigh what would it be?

I'd think about Jibarra. Very sophisticated Mexican, nice room, not as noisy as 518 West and great food. We're from California and feel right at home there. Always good,always interesting.

Aug 05, 2007
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Best item on the menu at 518 West Raleigh

We always try and get the specials. Fish special has always been amazing. If nothing on specials menu tickles your fancy, crab with paperdelle and even simple spaghetti with meat balls are quite wonderful.

Aug 05, 2007
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Tarboro, NC. Is On the Square still there?

Planned to eat at On The Square but when I went to website to check hours, it was down. So I don't have address or phone number. Maybe On the Square isn't on the square any more. Is it? And is (was) it worth going to?

Aug 05, 2007
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New to Greensboro - looking for good, down-to-earth restaurants!

If you're new to GBO, you've probably not found Giacamo's yet. Wonderful italian deli with sausages and mozzarella made from scratch. There are two stores - one I think is on Spring Garden and the other south of 40, south of the big shopping center. As you can tell, I'm not from GBO but we do go there for sausages and pizza dough. Anyway both have tables where you can get a hot or cold sandwich. Giacamos calls itself a pork store like they do in NY. I think it's a North Carolina treasure.

Jul 30, 2007
Parsley in Southeast

Visiting Charleston, SC

We'll be in Charleston, SC on a Monday when some restaurants are closed. We're looking for nice places for lunch and dinner. Local fare, French, Italian. Places where business people take their clients. Thanks for your suggestions.

Jul 05, 2007
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Good eats in Buffalo: Mother's

Next time you're in Buffalo go to Mother's. It has the trifecta; great food, a nice room and good service. Can't say enough nice things about it. But be warned, the portions are very large. A pleasant surprise, indeed.
I am puzzled as to which board this gets posted on. Is there a board for upstate NY?

Six Penn Kitchen in Pittsburgh

Will be in Pittsburgh for two nights. I have read about Six Penn and it seems like it's got the things
I like, interesting menu, neighborhood bistro, not too pricey or stuffy. Am I right? Any other places? Any cusine. Many thanks.

Apr 17, 2007
Parsley in Pennsylvania

Indian food in Toronto

I have 3 or 4 days in Toronto next week. I'm told that Toronto has very good Indian restaurants. Some options, please. All price ranges. Neighborhood untourist restaurants would be most welcome, but one break-the-bank dinner might be fun, too. Any other good places to eat? Italian, Japanese, Canadian, whatever? Many thanks for your help. I am very much looking forward to my first visit to Toronto. One other thing. Are there any interesting neighborhoods like Greenwich Village in New York. I used to live there a long time ago and still miss it. Thanks again.

Pittsburg, Buffalo, Toronto

[[ Note: This thread has been moved from the South board to Tri-State for Buffalo suggestions. If you have Toronto or Pittsburgh suggestions, please look to the Ontario or Pennsylvannia boards --The Chowhound Team ]]

We're on the road to Toronto with stops in Pittsburg and Buffalo. Looking for some good places to eat, but not to break the bank. Thanks for your help.

Real New York Deli near Wilmington, NC?

There's a place called New York Corner Deli in Topsail Beach. Anyone ever eat there?

Mar 11, 2007
Parsley in Southeast