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Rory Oct 29, 2011 08:20 PM

This used to be my old go-to neighborhood favourite; then the food went downhill and I found greener pastures.
Anyway was there tonight & they are back up there. A new chef and more seafood featured on the menu. I had the white bean, rosemary and collard soup and it was excellent. The beans were soft and plump -cooked from scratch & the collards gave the soup a wonderful green tang. These were cooked at the last minute, as they weren't bitter. Kudos. Then I shared the bucatini Fra Diavolo. What can I say; the bucatini was al dente and the shrimp, mussels & fish cooked perfectly. The sauce was wonderful I wouldn't say spicy but then my idea of spicy is Indian spicy.
We finished up with dessert; ricotta pound cake. One of the best desserts I've had, it was light moist and had a marvelous hard sauce and served with candied walnuts, dates, apricots. Bliss. The only thing to avoid is the ghastly table white, while the Chilean red was very enjoyable. All and all a great meal. Glad to see them back.

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Panzanella
101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

  1. romansperson Oct 30, 2011 07:23 AM

    Interesting report - we were there just a couple weeks ago and while my pizza was certainly enjoyable (the tomatoes on it were excellent), my husband was very disappointed in his shrimp dish. He said the shrimp were not fresh and he even left the last few on his plate - something I've *never* seen him do before with shrimp. He ended up polishing off the rest of my pizza instead.

    As a result, they discounted our bill, which was very nice of them (and neither asked for nor expected), but I fear I will not be able to persuade him to go back. This bums me out as I am a shareholder in Weaver Street Market and like to support them in any way I can.

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    Weaver Street Market
    228 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

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      Rory Oct 30, 2011 01:04 PM

      Weird, RP, my waiter is new but the maitre d knew us. And she brought out the food. I do know seafood & last night's was fresh & cooked not rubbery, mushy etc...maybe try them for lunch?

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        wintersummer Oct 31, 2011 02:45 PM

        Rory - Can't believe this! We were at Panzanella on Saturday night. You and I were at Vimala's on the same night (maybe even two nights) several months back.

        We enjoyed our meal at Panzanella. I had the chicken and mashed potato dish (Panzanella has a better name for it!) and my husband had the Orange County Chopped Salad. No desserts, no wine, just a simple supper. I remember the wait person telling us about the bean and collard soup - sounded great.

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        Panzanella
        101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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          Rory Nov 2, 2011 12:27 AM

          Wintersummer; oh my gosh this is too much. I remember it was 2 times too at Vimala. Where were you sitting? I was against the wall & have red hair. We need to wave or make the magical signal. Glad you had a good meal too. If you ever want to make that soup I have the recipe. That soup was first class!

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            wintersummer Nov 2, 2011 01:36 PM

            Rory - We were against the window wall, at the 3rd table from the front. Rather than a special wave, we might just have to meet up! We seem to have the same taste in food!

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              Tom from Raleigh Nov 3, 2011 07:46 AM

              I really like Panzanella. Their pizzas are great and have interesting toppings. On a good day, their outdoor space is one of the best al fresco spots in the Triangle.

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              Panzanella
              101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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                LulusMom Nov 3, 2011 09:56 AM

                I'm a fan too. Love the pizzas, the service is always friendly, the calamari (and the salsa fresca that comes with it) are great most of the time. And the bread coming from Weaver Street Market is wonderful.

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                Weaver Street Market
                228 S Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

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                  Rory Nov 3, 2011 02:25 PM

                  Wintersummer; I think you were either in front or in back of us. I agree it's a karmic food thing;-) So what do you think of Kitchen?
                  Tom & LM: If I haven't said this before they sell their pizza dough at Weaver St. Their new menu is pasta & fish heavy, really ideal for me.

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                    LulusMom Nov 3, 2011 04:22 PM

                    Just went for dinner at Panzanella tonight. Didn't get much of a chance to look at the new menu, but was intrigued by what little I saw. Our guest got the pork special and loved it. Lulu and I went with pizza and calamari, as usual. Both great.

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                    Panzanella
                    101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

    2. LulusMom Nov 13, 2011 04:58 PM

      Another evening at Panzanella, and this time two different new things tried. My husband got the winter pizza which is pears, blue cheese and pancetta, if i remember correctly. He was very happy with it. I got the duck, fennel and mushroom ragu, which is normally supposed to go over the gnocchi, over the parpadelle instead. It was heaven on a plate. Husband said he'd have a hard time choosing between the two the next time he went. I noticed that there are very few pasta dishes on the new menu, and missed that a bit, but I was so thrilled with my meal that I didn't care.

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      Panzanella
      101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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