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208 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.776249 -78.636603
Outstanding dinners – Great food and service for 6 experienced on Sat evening. Waiter and owner were very friendly and helpful. Food ( Snapper and veal dishes ordered) were served hot and were excellent. Sure it took a short time to prepare but this isn't 'fast-food', it was a quality dinner and priced very reasonably. We've tried many restaurants in Raleigh and this is a 'keeper'. Keep up the good work, we'll be back. PS - didn't have time to try the deserts,, next time!
Not impressed... – Sorry, but the special of the day seemed to be "this is the last one..." Not sure if the kitchen and the wait staff communicate at all... but as a customer I had the distinct impression that food inventory is poorly managed. Many items on the menu were not available, or were the "last one" including the wine. Is this some new upsell technique ?
Wait staff tried to overcompensate with charm, as does the owner.
On a positive note, it is in a good location with nice outside seating.
2 thumbs Up! – I travel often to Raliegh and have longed for a good Italian restaurant. I have finally found it at DiBella's. From Appetizer to Sambuca, the food was excellent. My PEI mussels with Angel hair pasta - 1st rate. The mussels were cooked to perfection and the pasta - al dente ! The decorating job was good, with a nice faux finish. Although I didn't eat outside, the outdoor patio looks like a great place to enjoy the night. The service was good and the portions were healthy. Two Thumbs Up !
Lacking – I have always liked the area around ArtSpace and was really hoping that a good Italian restaurant would give me and my Italian wife a reason to go there again. Unfortunately, Di Bella disappoints. Our waitress seemed unfamiliar with the menu and was inattentive. The owner of the restaurant introduced himself to me in the bathroom and spent the rest of the time smoking at the bar talking loudly on the phone. Of the six of us only those who ordered tortillla wrap sandwiches enjoyed their meal. My house salad contained browning iceberg lettuce and was a little wilted. The chicken in my penne pasta was dry and chewy and the pasta was overcooked. I guess that was the complaint around the table... everything was overcooked. I won't even start on the kitschy decorating job. Maybe the next restaurant to occupy that space will have some authenticity.
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