Tosca is probably our favorite Italian restaurant in Durham so when I saw a gift certificate for it at restaurant.com, we climbed all over it. Used it for lunch and were delighted with the entire experience.
First came the bread which is chewy and crusty - a vast improvement over the bread we had there before with good olive oil, herbs and cheese. Next antipasto for two and more of that delicious bread. Thin sliced roasted red peppers were fabulous, calamatas, marinated artichokes, first rate sopresata and proscuitto, mortadella, large fresh spears of asiago cheese and (this was a little weird) humus in the middle. Off to a great start. Then a little house salad, followed by main courses of ravioli special (2 large spinach, 2 porcini mushroom) topped with a wonderful sauce made mostly of portobello mushrooms, butter and cream. Across the table, husband had spaghetti and meatballs and he finished every bite. Since it was his birthday, we finished with desert. tartufo which the waiter said came from Italy. What a finale. Zablglione and something else very Italian tasting gelato ball covered with chocolate shell and sprinkled with strawberries.
Whether we eat outside or inside with the sparkling Christmas lights, atmosphere is great and service is always professional. We don't do a long, hedonistic lunch like this very often but when we do, it's perfect when everything is as good as it was at Tosca