The Indy Dish lists eight Italian restaurants in Durham. Bel Gusto d'Italia, two Cinelli's, Pasta Bella, Pop's, Pulcinella's, Sal's and Tosca.
I have eaten at Pop's and consider it a fun place if a bit crowded. The food I've had was good but not great. Is there anything they do really well?
I have also had the grandmother's pizza at the Cinelli's near Whole Food. It's very good and they offer some premium toppings like Gaeta olives that I love. Can anyone comment on their other offerings? How about the other location?
I am inclined to write Bel Gusto off because it's in a hotel. And I have heard poor reports on Tosca. Does anyone care to weigh in in favor of these places?
Pasta Bella claims to make fresh pasta daily. Does anyone know if it's rolled or extruded? Any killer sauces? Is it worth the trip down to 54?
That leaves Sal's and Pulcinella's. Any comments?
And how about places in Raleigh, Cary or Chapel Hill worth travelling to? David A. has mentioned Bella Napoli. Anything else molto delizioso?
In closing let me thank the regular posters from Durham and the triangle. You have taken the conversation to a higher level than just "loved this" or "hated that". It's both entertaining and informative.