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4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 490-1172
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Updated review

A little over a month ago, I reviewed this restaurant and gave it a poor rating, primarily due to the server. This time the server was great, and the food continues to be above par. One gets a big portion size, cooked very well. Need a little bit better house Chianti.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Jim S
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a local independent Italian place our family tries from time to time. This last experience was the worst so far. Our waiter acted like he didn't want to be there, he rarely checked on us, and he never brought the beverage I requested. The place was only about 1/4 full, so you'd think service would be excellent.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A little over a month ago, I reviewed this restaurant and gave it a poor rating, primarily due to the server. This time the server was great, and the food continues to be above par. One gets a big portion size, cooked very well. Need a little bit better house Chianti.

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Durham, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I eat here a lot, mostly because it's close to home, but I have always had very good food and service. It's good, too for take-out. Portions are very big, pasta/salad/bread comes with it, and it's always tasty. I really like the chicken marsala pasta dish and the eggplant is very good. I have read other reviews, and I have... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The wait staff person was awful. We have been there at least 10 times and this, was by far, the poorest experience that we have had. They have changed the salad to Mescaline which we don't care for, but the poor service was the highlight.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Nice, small restaurant with friendly staff. We go there for the consistently good food and great prices. Nothing too fancy, just a nice time out with good fun and people who treat you very well. Lasagna comes in a huge portion

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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is not fancy, nor cozy. It's a little loud and bustling, yet there was a wait for tables. I think people just crave an independent, family-owned Italian place in the neighborhood. The food is good, but not award-winning. The prices are more reasonable than the big national chains. Our service was excellent. We don't go here often, but... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The waiter was super friendly, the service was very good for our party of 6. Limited wine list but good choices. Good food at a good value - serving portions are quite large. House Italian dressing is thick & tasty. I had an italian salad for an entree that was quite good - all the veggies except lettuce on it... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We always enjoy having dinner here. It is our default family dinner night out, and always delivers. Their lasagna and other traditional pastas are great! Fantastic bread, too! Service is always friendly, as well. The only disappointing thing we've gotten from here was the alfredo sauce - it was a bit bland and watery, but hopefully that was just an... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The people are lovely, the decor is 'neighborhood", the ambiance is exactly what it should be, the food is excellent, the bread is outstanding and the dressing for the (ordinary lettuce) salad is excellent. if you want Italian food anywhere in a 20 mile radius (walking) or 40 mile radius (driving) this is the place. the wine list is small,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Nice Italian resto with an authentic approach to food. Our favorites are the fresh rolls and house dressing!!! Big servings so make sure you come hungry, otherwise, share a plate with someone!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 490-1172

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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