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  1. This is actually a good thing. I loved Piedmont when Drew was running the kitchen, but when he left so did some of the staff and the feeling at the place was not the same. I will miss it tremendously and Andy, Drew, and Abbey diserve lots of credit for getting things rolling in downtown Durham. When at the top of its game Piedmont was the best restaurant for the money in Durham .

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      1. re: cervisiam

        I don't know exactly.. it just said other ventures. I need to read up on Marco Shaw but they tout his experience with Farm to Fork. After all this build up (I think almost 2 years) about Eno River Restaurant.. it is going to have to hit the ground running and be something different. I may have overlooked, but I wasn't sure if that building is going to be the new home of the Eno River Restaurant or not.

    1. I've been eager to try Marco Shaw's food since the NYT article on Eno River Restaurant.

      Still, so long Piedmont v1.0 and thanks for all the charcuterie.

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      1. re: brokegradstudent

        I hadn't been in a while, but I did enjoy it a lot the first year after it opened. Shame that it is leaving. I can't really think of another *serious* Italian restaurant in the Durham/CH area (although I do love Panzanella).

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        Panzanella
        101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

        1. re: LulusMom

          I had only been once and enjoyed it, but didn't think it was an Italian restaurant.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            Right now the entrees (according to the web version) are tagliatelle, risotto, tuna, ravioli, Italian sausage, Italian fisherman's stew, pork chop and chicken.

          2. re: LulusMom

            I enjoyed Piedmont for the first year or so, but after that we found the menu uninspired and the execution uneven.

            LulusMom-
            You say there's no other *serious* Italian in the area. Isn't there a high-end Italian place in that boutique hotel in CH?

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              Good point. I've only been to that place for brunch and I thought it was horrible; I guess that either blocked it out of my mind or just made me think it wasn't very Italian.

              1. re: LulusMom

                Yeah I don't think I've heard much about Il Palio since Chef Rose took over. I don't know anything about Piazza Italia and while 411 West does Italian I wouldn't consider it serious. I mean there is Bocci and Pulcinella...

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                Pulcinella Restaurant
                4711 Hope Valley Rd, Durham, NC 27707

                411 West
                Chapel Hill, NC, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

                Italia Cafe
                139 S Clayton St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  I know a lot of people love 411 West, but to me it is basically California Pizza Kitchen - very middle of the road food.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    Thats how I feel about most of that company's output.

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                      I totally agree about 411 West. Bland.

                      The tasting menu at Il Palio was pretty special when Anile was there but I haven't been in a long time. It always seemed there was a tension between the part that wanted to be a great restaurant (tasting menu) and the place catering to the hotel crowd (brunch, some of the a la carte dinner items). Carolina Crossroads seems to have a similar tension.

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                      411 West
                      Chapel Hill, NC, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

                      Carolina Crossroads
                      211Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

                      1. re: brokegradstudent

                        The other restaurants are typical italian like Vivace, Casa Linga, Bella Monica and such. We don't have, to my knowledge, a definitive italian place like a Scarpetta or Convivio or something Batali and Bastianich would bring about.

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                        Bella Monica Restaurant
                        3121 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612