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reasonably priced anniversary meal (Cary/Apex/Raleigh)

countgrog Oct 8, 2012 12:44 PM

Our anniversary is this Sunday Oct 14 and looking for a place for a nice meal but not expensive (my wife lost her job in August so we are on a tighter budget) We live in Fuquay so trying to stay in the Cary-Apex-downtown Raleigh areas. No chains, Hoping for some place new have already been to 18 SEaboard, J Betski's, Maximillians, Gravy, Sitti, the Pit, etc.

  1. waitress Oct 13, 2012 06:16 AM

    Enrigo in Cary isn't very romantic, but you can sit outside and the food is delicious.

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      countgrog Oct 15, 2012 12:36 PM

      we ended up at The Pit but almost went to Bella Mia, had we not had Italian several times last week, hiope to go there soon

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      bbqme Oct 8, 2012 08:55 PM

      How about Bella Mia in Cary? It's a pretty restaurant, not expensive, and best execution of pizza in the Triangle. You won't feel like you've compromised on anything.

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        burgeoningfoodie Oct 16, 2012 08:41 AM

        on a side note.. how does bella mia stand against toro?

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          bbqme Oct 18, 2012 08:11 AM

          I tried to eat at Bella Mia once. Got there at 5:30 PM and there was already a 1.5 hour wait so we ate at An nearby instead. Haven't tried to go back since. So I can't do a comparison. I will say that I like Toro so much that I'll try Bella Mia only if I already happen to be in the area.

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            burgeoningfoodie Oct 18, 2012 11:47 AM

            Now I'm confused.. you recommend bella mia and say it is the best execution of pizza in triangle, but then you said you tried to go once and never actually ate there and haven't tried since.

            Your first post sounded like you've been there before. If it weren't for the price, I'd got to An long before I'd go to Bella Mia at least for an anniversary.

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie
              TerryG Oct 19, 2012 01:40 PM

              Bella Mia had a good crust, but was very skimpy on toppings the one time we went.

      2. brsmith2 Oct 8, 2012 05:42 PM

        in Raleigh: Have you been to Poole's Diner? Or maybe Mandolin or Battistella's. Perhaps the newly opened Bida Manda?? Or Centro for upscale Mexican, or Zely & Ritz.

        1. humanfactors Oct 8, 2012 01:56 PM

          If you like sushi Sono in downtown Raleigh is excellent. I didn't even use soy or wasabi because the rolls were so great.

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            supernc Oct 8, 2012 01:48 PM

            My wife just had her birthday and her wish is to go to Vic's (again). Great place in downtown Raleigh.

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