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Aug 3, 2009 02:58 PM

Favorite Italian in the Triangle?

Hey all, I've been here in the triangle for a little over a year, and I'm still trying to find any Italian restaurants that can equal what I was used to up in NYC. Il Palio has been great, but is a bit pricey for me. 411 West has disappointed me too many times to go back. Anyone have other suggestions? I am not really looking for fusion styles, but more traditional. Thanks!

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  1. try Daniels in Apex-- closest I've found to what I'm used to in NY

    1. Panciutto in Hillsborough has a good reputation but is pricey like Il Palio.

      We've had some good results with Panzanella in Carrboro.
      Previous threads and our time here suggest you aren't going to find a lot of NYC quality Italian around here.

      1. Agree with the panzanella suggestion, and Piedmont on a good night. But it's true ... you're not going to find anything like what you'd find in NYC.

        1. Il Palio is currently running a three course menu for $35. Lots of people like to disagree with me on this, but I'm a fan of the current chef. All of my meals there have been for dinner, except for one lunch spent enjoying a really good burger, and have ranged from very good to excellent. In Raleigh, I will stop at Vivace if I'm in the area but don't consider it a destination.

          1. No, there is simply nothing in this area that resembles the trattorias you'll find in Brooklyn and Queens. Most places representing themselves as such as pizzerias who serve a few plates of pasta and the sadly ubiquitous tiramisu.
            Although I have liked Il Palio in the past, I find that it changes personality with every chef change, and there have been quite a few. I haven't been since Brian Stapleton (IIRC) left so I can't comment on the current quality. However, it is upper end, much more like Midtown than the outer boroughs.
            Believe it or not, Casa Carbone on Glenwood does a very creditable recreation of a 1960's Italian-American red sauce joint. That may or may not be up your alley, but for what it's trying to be, it's pretty decent. Casalinga on Capital can also be pretty decent but I've heard from a few people lately that they're not what they used to be, either.
            Sorry to have to share the news, but we just don't have Italian restaurants like you're missing here. You'll just have to save up the cravings for trips back North.

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            1. re: rockycat

              I recently gave Casalinga a try and was pleasantly surprised. Despite the strip mall location, it has a nice neighborhood feel. I wasn't blow away by our meal, but I thought it pretty good, certainly better than average. I had a seafood pasta dish and my wife went with a veal dish. A lot of the their entrees came with a salad, which made them a pretty good deal.