Casalinga Ristorante Italiano, an Italian-American restuarant in Mini City shopping center on Capital Boulevard, closed earlier this month.
A note on the restaurant's website announced the Jan. 4 closing. It said: "We at Casalinga would like to thank you a wonderful 18 years. Your support and friendship has meant the world. To us 2013 is the beginning of new opportunities. We wish you health and happiness in the New Year! Thank you again for all your support. Love, Josephine and the Casalinga family."
The restaurant was started in 1995 by Manny LoGuidice, who ran the kitchen, and his sister-in-law, Josephine Cappiello, who ran the front of the house. In 2003, LoGuidice moved back to New York, leaving the restaurant in the hands of Cappiello and her husband, Carlo.
A few years later, the Cappiellos got divorced. LoGuidice returned to help Josephine with Casalinga. Carlo now run Casa San Carlo on Falls of the Neuse Road. (Greg Cox gave 3 stars to Casa San Carlo last year. Go HERE to read the review.)