authentic italian food in Raleigh
I think the truest Italian food you will find in Raleigh is at Casalinga and Casa Carbone in Raleigh. Other restaurants, like Vivace, are of course very tasty, but I think a more Americanized version of Italian cuisine.
Casalinga will be closest to you... it is on Capital Boulevard on the other side of the street from the Lowe's/Target/Petsmart/ChicFilA: (919) 873-1334 / 4538 Capital Blvd
Casa Carbone: http://www.casacarbone.com/ is on Glenwood Avenue in a very small shopping center on the other side of the street from Pleasant Valley Promenade shopping center where the Ross/ Chipolte/Starbucks is
A caveat on Casa Carbone. It is authentic only if authentic to you means a 1950's American-Italian menu. Mind you, they do that very well and I have no complaints with the restaurant for what it is. Not everyone would consider their food authentic, though.
Beltline, what is your idea of authentic? I.e., just what is it that you are hoping to find?
Rockycat, I agree with you and accordingly modify my post with your addendum. I guess what I really meant was that it isn't "frou-frou"/"shi shi" Italian inspired cuisine, but more a red-sauce kinda place that serves consistently good food.
I haven't been to Casalinga in about 2 years, but always enjoyed it very much. In fact, they used to have a singer (Sinatra-esque) a few nights during the week. Always had a rockin' fine time there and glad it is back on my radar screen, as I had kinda forgotten about it.
Finally, I had also forgotten about Cafe Tiramisu, also in North Raleigh off of Falls of Neuse. Excellent, excellent restaurant. The owner/chef, Paul, is Italian (interestingly by way of Cuba), and their fare is wonderful --- northern Italian I believe, so not too much in the way of red sauce and lots of cheese. Osso Bucco and Saltimbocca to knock your socks off.
6196 Falls of Neuse Rd Ste 120, Raleigh, NC 27609