708 Laura Duncan Road, Apex.
Rating: ** 1/2
Prices: entrees average $11 to $16.
Atmosphere: generic suburban strip mall Italian.
Service: eager to please.
Recommended: calamari, pasta e fagioli, spaghetti and meatballs, gnocchi alla napoletana, pork shank "osso buco."
Open: lunch Monday-Friday, dinner nightly.
Reservations: accepted only for large parties.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; beer and wine; smoke-free; kid-friendly.
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Zero stars: Poor.
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