This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:
Vincent Barresi, owner of Vincent’s in North Raleigh, is opening another restaurant - this time with the backing of a New York-based investment group. Cucina di Milano (1106 Grace Park Drive), which Barresi hopes to open by mid-August, will incorporate some ingredients of the recipe that has made Vincent’s a success for more than 20 years.
The menu will, not surprisingly, include the New York style pizzas, pastas and other Italian-American favorites that have become a Vincent’s trademark. But the new restaurant will by no means be a clone of the old one.
Cucina di Milano’s more extensive offering will include an ambitious selection of traditional and contemporary Italian fare, with a generous number of healthy options. Pasta Calabrese, say, which serves up fresh cauliflower, green olives and almonds over linguine. And organic chicken with roasted red peppers and asparagus, served with whole wheat penne.
Vegetarian, gluten-free and organic dishes are clearly marked, in keeping with a growing (and welcome) trend among restaurant menus.
The dining room follows suit with a fresh, breezy Mediterranean feel in pastel shades of sea-green and sky blue. Naturally, this being Morrisville, the restaurant will - like Vincent’s - be family-friendly.
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