Dining review: Ricci’s Trattoria turns out its favorite pizza, but adds Italian classics

Ricci’s Pizzeria in Holly Springs is now Ricci’s Trattoria in Cary. It still has the pizza it’s known for but has an expanded space with an expanded menu. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/14/2017 CARY Hanging on one wall at Ricci’s Trattoria, just to the right of a large chalkboard menu, is a collection of…

Dining review: Paolo’s on 54 revamps longtime Italian restaurant, but keeps the classics

Chef Paul Zoccola renamed Morrisville restaurant Lubrano’s and has added a modern twist to the menu, in addition to keeping traditional Italian dishes. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/6/2017 MORRISVILLE For more than a decade after chef Paul Zoccola bought out founding partner Benny Lubrano, Zoccola was happy to continue operating the restaurant – Lubrano’s…

Alberello

Alberello offers gastronomic joy ride of Italian food By Greg Cox Review originally published 1/19/17 More often than not, when you pull up in front of Alberello, a counter service eatery/gourmet mini-market that opened last September in the spanking new Veranda complex south of Chapel Hill, you’ll find a small three-wheeled delivery truck parked out…

Lucky’s Delicatessen

Lucky’s Delicatessen helps fill downtown Durham breakfast-and-lunch void By Greg Cox Review originally published 12/15/2016 When Lucky’s Deli opened in June, it brought a welcome new breakfast-and-lunch option to the evening-heavy lineup of restaurants in downtown Durham. Just a few weeks later, Cafe Lucarne did the same for downtown Raleigh with its opening in City Market. Both…

Mothers & Sons Trattoria

Yield to temptation at Mothers & Sons in Durham By Greg Cox Review originally published 10/27/2016 Mothers & Sons Trattoria is Josh DeCarolis’ first restaurant, but the 33-year-old chef had more going for him on opening day than many veteran restaurateurs. For starters, it doesn’t hurt that his partner is James Beard semifinalist Matt Kelly,…

Oak City Meatball Shoppe

Oak City Meatball Shoppe keeps its eye on the ball By Greg Cox Review originally published 1/8/2015 Far too many restaurant menus are guided by what I call the “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” school of thought. In a misguided attempt to appeal to the widest possible audience, they offer an extensive…