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What are some of the best Italian Restaurants in the Triangle area?

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Looking for authentic Italian in the triangle, any restaurants worth going to?

Has anyone ever been to Carmine's in Manhattan?
Family Style, good food ambience....

sure miss NY

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  1. Do you mean Carmine's the big cheap place on the West Side with the bad food? I wouldn't even eat there ugh. Now the old Umberto's Clam House & old Grotta Azurra in Little Italy were great.
    Look for a previous post for 'red sauce' places, that will suit you just fine. It was sunny & warm today, maybe 68F, you could sit , like at La Russa's Deli at Meadowmont & have a sub & coffee outside. & the waiters will be nice to you
    & you miss new york....

    1. Unfortuntely the paucity of responses to this question says about all that can be said about the state of Italian cuisine around here.

      1. In Cary, there is a very good italian buffet (weekdays/lunchtime). It's called Mama Mia. The owner is from Italy. One can sample many pasta dishes and salads at once.

        The food is very tasty and reasonably priced.The staff is quite friendly.

        1. I continue to like Bella Napoli in Cary, acknowledging its many deficiencies (crappy bread, crappy desserts, expensive and limited appetizers).

          1. We like Bella Monica on Duraleigh in Raleigh. Owned and run by an Italian family. Great bread, good food, prices not high, but you'll need a reservation toward the end of the week and the weekend, since its a small place.