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Dec 22, 2010 09:58 AM

Papparazzi in N. Raleigh

Has anyone tried it? It's located in N Raleigh in Lafayette Village at Falls & Honeycutt. I noticed that Greg Cox mentioned it as being open and, since I still forlornly search for a good casual Italian restaurant, I checked out the menu.

I honestly don't know if I can forgive them (or any other restaurant) for serving "evoo" (sic). Use of that phrase should be punishable by thirty lashes with a wet noodle. However, I also saw that, despite the fact that guanciale and pancetta appear elsewhere on the menu, bucatini al'Amatriciana is described as made with bacon. Bracciole di maiale is described as a pork chop, and a sugo di cinghiale is called beef short ribs.

So, despite those lapses that seem like warning flags to me, has anyone tried it and what's your take on the food? The prices seem in line for the area, more or less. Please tell me my Italian restaurant has arrived.

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  1. I have not but do you like Nina's? I enjoyed my trip there, however it's not casual. What about Stella Mare? I have not been there either but it is close to my house.

    Stella Mare Ristorante & Pizzeria
    7713 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

    Nina's Ristorante
    8801 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

    1. Papparazzi is one of the 'higher end' chains. There are some in the Northeast, the one near me is on Long Island. I know there are some in NJ. Despite this fact, the food is actually pretty good. With all the amazing Italian restaurants here in NY my family does enjoy Papparazzi's food. My favorite dish is the cavatappi afumicati (sp?), spiral pasta with bits of smoked mozzarella. My father really enjoys the basic veal cutlet, simply breaded and fried. The pizzas are pretty good, really nice Caesar salad too. Hope this helps