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Carrboro Staple Panzanella to Close

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burgeoningfoodie Oct 24, 2013 10:46 AM

For those that like(d) Panzanella, the store will be closing due to declining sales. Wonder what that space will be used for in the future.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/2...

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    boaviagem Oct 24, 2013 11:53 AM

    Bummer. I have eaten there many times and always enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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      Tom from Raleigh Oct 24, 2013 12:21 PM

      No! That's our go to pizza place. Bummer. I heard they were broken into a few times this year.

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      bbqme Oct 24, 2013 12:33 PM

      Loved their fresh made pastas.

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        Rory Oct 24, 2013 02:53 PM

        It used to be my local, then they upped their prices to an absurd amount, something like $16 for a bowl of pasta (and nothing exciting) and their firsts as well. Their white house wine was horrible. So I stopped going and everyone else did too. They should have kept lower prices and concentrated on volume. A pity but I'm not surprised....

      2. LulusMom Oct 24, 2013 04:17 PM

        Oh no! This is heartbreaking for our family! They always seem to be busy when we're there.

        1. LulusMom Oct 26, 2013 05:49 AM

          We went to Panzanella last night for dinner. It was delicious and the place was packed. They said they expect it to be very busy for the next two months (I know we'll be trying to go as often as possible). Pretty sad, but everyone is being taken care of - much more than most restaurants would do in this situation. There are other places for great pizza in Durham, but nothing like this in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. Maybe one of those Durham places will see that there is suddenly a void over here.

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            Westy Oct 28, 2013 11:13 AM

            I was told once there is a (rotisserie) chicken place in the same complex - over by the outdoor shop. Ever been?

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              LulusMom Oct 28, 2013 11:42 AM

              Yes, Venable Bistro isn't bad. The first time I tried it I wasn't impressed, but they've upped their game since then. I'm not a big fan of the roast chicken, but the fried chicken (actually a paillard) is really tasty. They change the menu fairly regularly (I would guess seasonally). Here is the latest online version of it: http://venablebistro.com/eat/main-menu/ What I'm going to miss most is Panzanella's wood-burning oven pizza. No one else does crust like they do. At least no one on this side of the Triangle.

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              Rory Nov 20, 2013 07:02 PM

              went to Panzanella tonight and as Lulusmom said it was jammed (until 7)as they've rolled their prices back and serving great food. The beef shank was $18, my excellent salmon piccata $19, pastas $16, they're closing Dec 21 and I recommend going, the food is delicious and reasonably priced.

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              Bearnaised Dec 4, 2013 12:35 PM

              Never been there, I've met a couple of the waiters, it says a lot about the place when they don't even recommend visiting

              good riddance

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