Salvatore “Rino” Fevola, principal partner in Pulcinella’s in Durham, has opened Magone Italian Grill & Pizza in Chapel Hill’s Timberlyne Shopping Center. Fevola named the new restaurant for a branch on his family tree.
But the menu is firmly rooted in the successful formula that has allowed Pulcinella’s to thrive for nearly two decades. Apart from a few tweaks, in fact, the new menu is a clone of the old one.
Pulcinella’s fans will recognize the mix-and-match offering of pastas and sauces that can be be further customized with anything from meatballs to shrimp. Entire sections devoted to Italian-American classics, baked pasta dishes and specialties such as farfalle Pulcinella (with chicken and broccoli in Alfredo sauce) are present and accounted for. Neapolitan style pizzas, stromboli and calzones (Fevola is a native of Naples) round out the offering.
What’s different? “We do seafood specials at Magone,” says Fevola, “and we don’t have veal.” The appetizer offering has expanded a bit to include the likes of fried zucchini fritti and deep-fried cheese ravioli. The look is more contemporary at
Magone, though the vibe is similarly casual at both places.
Magone Italian Grill & Pizza (1129-F Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill; 919-904-7393) is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant doesn’t have a website yet, but you can find the menu on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Magone-Italian-Grill-Pizza-820280674717655/
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