This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:
A July opening is targeted for the opening of Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar (420 Fayetteville St.; 919-256-1451; jimmyvsraleigh.com) in downtown Raleigh. Located adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel, the restaurant will offer a menu inspired by the hearty Italian-American fare favored by its namesake, the late NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano.
But the offering won’t be limited to steaks and spaghetti with oversize meatballs. Executive chef Scott Chatterton’s menu will cover a broad spectrum of options, from appetizer pork belly bites to seafood risotto to wood-fired pizzas with quail egg and duck confit among the topping options.
Burger aficionados will be tempted by - and Wolfpack fans will no doubt wax nostalgic over - the Whittenburger, whose topping options include Nueske bacon, fried egg, avocado and aged cheddar.
Jimmy V’s will have a full bar, and because of its connection with the Sheraton, will serve three meals a day.
The restaurant (which is not affiliated with Jimmy V’s Steakhouse in Cary) will further honor its namesake by donating 2.5% of proceeds to the V Foundation, the cancer research organization Valvano helped to found in 1993.
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