My wife and I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! We spotted it on a trip to the supermarket and decided to try it that weekend. We both had the Gorgonzola Chicken Sandwich ... that is now our favorite sandwich in all of Raleigh. The next time we brought friends. We all had one of the pasta dishes; my Garlic and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) was great ... my mother was from Italy and it's hard to find perfectly cooked pasta, but Serena's chef did it. Everyone else loved theirs as well. Next time we brought other friends. Same reaction ... everyone loved it, and we decided this would become one of our return spots.
Last night we went again, this time with a third couple. Not only was the food as good, our friends from the second visit were there! We had the tiramisu for dessert. Again perfection. I consider myself pretty much of a snob when it comes to tiramisu. It's my favorite dessert, bar none, when it is done right. Most restaurants serve adequate tiramisu; Serena's serves fantastic tiramisu.
Enough about food. we love the atmosphere. it's a reasonably quiet restaurant even when it's full; which makes for easy dinner conservation. Makes you want to linger. The decor is very pleasant. I'm no decorator, but I'd call it comfortable modern chic. The wait staff is very friendly, observant and accommodating. The menu is diverse.