Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.
Rating: ** 1/2.
Prices: entrees average $11 to $16.
Atmosphere: Italian sidewalk cafe.
Service: enthusiastic and usually attentive.
Recommended: bruschetta, manicotti, eggplant Parmigiano, almond chicken.
Open: lunch Monday-Saturday, dinner nightly.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; beer and wine (extensive by-the-glass selection); smoke-free; kid-friendly.
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Zero stars: Poor.
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