Mouthful Blog

  • Butcher Block American Grill opens in North Raleigh

    Posted by Greg Cox on July 18, 2014

    Carlo Nicolazza, owner/chef of Bella Italia in North Raleigh, has teamed up with his wife Amy to open Butcher Block American Grill in the same shopping center. The new counter service eatery will showcase the cooking skills of the American-born Amy Nicolazza, while her husband continues to focus on the Italian restaurant.

    Barbecued beef brisket and half-pound Angus chuck burgers are early best-sellers on a menu that Amy Nicolazza describes as “American comfort food.” Rotisserie chicken, marinated simply in olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper, is another popular option. Nicolazza is especially proud of her meat loaf, which she says is made with a blend of ground beef, pork and caramelized onions, wrapped in bacon to keep it juicy.

    A steam table displays a tempting assortment of home-cooked sides. Mashed potatoes are the real thing, and fries are cut in house. Anyone having trouble deciding between, say, collard greens and creamed spinach is welcome to a sample taste.


  • A dinner to help a sous chef’s daughter go to college

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on July 16, 2014

    Six Raleigh chefs are hosting a fundraising dinner Sunday to help a young woman be the first in her family to go to college.

    Six Raleigh women chefs are hosting a dinner Sunday night to help a young women be the first in her family to go to college.


  • Garibaldi Trattoria now open in Fuquay-Varina

    Posted by Greg Cox on July 15, 2014

    A veteran restaurateur takes over the former Daniel’s on Main building in Fuquay-Varina.


  • Blind Pig Supper Club returns to Raleigh

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on July 15, 2014

    Blind Pig returns to Raleigh on Aug. 9 for a Rising Sun dinner.

    The Rising Sun event on Aug. 9 will feature 12 courses of Japanese food.


  • TerraVita tickets go on sale Sunday

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on July 15, 2014

    The annual three-day food and drink event in Chapel Hill celebrates its fifth year with dinners, workshops, a grand tasting and the N.C. premiere of the second season of “A Chef’s Life.”


  • Whole hog barbecue dinner at Durham’s Piedmont

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on July 15, 2014

    Chef Ben Adams of Piedmont Restaurant in Durham is hosting a series of upcoming dinners.

    Piedmont restaurant has a series of upcoming dinners featuring whole hog barbecue, cheese, beaujolais and TOPO distillery spirits.


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