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Piedmont, Durham

veganhater | Feb 17, 2010 08:53 AM

After walking by this handsome restaurant after a trip to the farmers market, I've been meaning to try them for dinner. Finally did a few days ago. The menu, which changes daily, consisted of 5-6 big plates, 5-6 small plates, a couple charcuterie (forcemeats actually), cheese and a few side items.

This style menu is usually right up my alley, although on my visit nothing was screaming "order me". The first three items to hit our table were tasty - cheese, a country pate and a disc shaped house-made sausage set over lentils and drizzled with balsamic. We had high hopes for the rest of our meal. The food that followed, however, was badly underseasoned and bland. Arancini with spinach and pine nuts (no salt), Spaghetti with meatballs (underseasoned), gnocchi with pancetta and beef ragout (slightly floury with a funny flavor to the sauce), and butternut squash ravioli (again underseasoned and sauced with what tasted like old orange juice without sugar).

Service was pleasant, the wine list well chosen if a bit too small and the space is neat. I hope we hit them on an off night because there seems to be some potential, but the food on our visit was below average. If I make it back for a second try, I think I'll wait until the farmers market is in full swing.

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