306 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751635.912037 -79.059984
Mon. - Sun. 12am - 10pm
THIS PLACE IS TERRIBLE – Vespa tries to offer an "authentic Italian amotmosphere". They fail terribly.On their overpriced entrees they skimp out on the main ingredients (I had the sausage in marinara with virtually no sausage). After having a 4 course meal (appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert plus drinks for a party of 10 ) and paying the tab, which included tip, the lame excuse of a manager told us that he needed our table for another party and we were no longer welcome. On top of that, they cram all parties into a very small space where all other customers and servers bump into the back of your chair and it is impossible to move in the restaurant without hitting someone else. The service was incredibly slow because of the amount of customers they took on. All these jerks are concerned about is making money. After confronting the slimeball about this garbage he said "we have twenty people waiting". It was a Saturday night so of course people were waiting, however this does not justify kicking paying customers out of an establishment. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS!!!!
What tha? – Short and sweet:
This place is a joke! I don't know who could give this place a grade on a scale of 1 to 10 an 8 or 9. What are you thinking!? We were ignored, served drinks that made me nervous, and served food that my dog wouldn't eat. Considering this is the first and probably only time I'll ever be ill enough to write a review, I suggest you take it to hart before wasting your money at this place.
A favorite Italian restaurant in Chapel Hill. – In Short
Under the restaurant's zippy logo, which includes a stylized sketch of Vespa scooter, you'll see the word "cibobuono." That's Italian for good food, and many would agree that's exactly what's being served from the kitchen of Vespa. You'll be greeted by a brass bar, a piano couched in the corner, and a gallery of mirrored walls. The menu is a nice merging of Northern and Southern Italian cuisines.
Molto Bene! – What a great restaurant. My husband and I went for Valentine's Day and had a fantastic meal, from appetizer to dessert. The calamari is perfectly cooked. I had the gnocchi special and it was quite possibly the best I've ever had. My one complaint is that the seating can be kind of crammed depending on where you sit. But the food can't be beat, especially for the price. And there's a parking lot!!
Vespa is amazing – Whether you are on a date, going to a nice dinner with some friends, or taking your parents to dinner, Vespa is the best Italian restuarant to choose. I find myself constantly going back because of the amazing, imaginative, authentic, unique, and robust food, and the wine and Italian beer is good too. While the menu seems small, I have tried over 12 items on the menu and have loved them all! Hands down the best Italian in the area. They'll make believers out of you too.
Excellent Food – Had the occasion to dine on Wednesday and Saturday of the same week. The menu changed within those few days, but each offered more choices than my fellow diners and I could chose easily. The meals were definitely Italian, but not the usual meatballs and spaghetti. The food was excellent. The service, well don't be in a hurry, but isn't that Italian too?
Forget Valentino's...don't be trendy – Vespa is the best.
It can be extremely expensive as it's northern italian so you're basically eating a 5 course meal.
I can't say enough how amazing the food is though.
It's worth every penny.
Unique authentic Italian – The service at Vespa is outstanding, and well deserving of a 20% tip. I have had the veal chop every time I have gone, and it is the best veal I have ever had. People I have been with have had their pasta dishes, which look incredible.
I highly suggest this restaurant over other italian restaurants in the area. The food here is not mass produced like other italian restaurants, rather it is personalized to perfection for the customer.
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