5610 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh.
Rating: ** 1/2
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Prices: entrees $11 to $16.
Atmosphere: black and white tile floors and Italian crooners.
Service: cheerfully efficient.
Recommended: fried calamari, pizzetta Marsala, veal piccata, eggplant rollatini.
Open: lunch Friday and Sunday, dinner nightly.
Other: Visa, MasterCard; full bar (excellent list of Italian wines); kid-friendly.
The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in four categories:
**** Among the Triangle's very best.
*** Rewarding experience.
** Generally acceptable.
See Greg Cox's weekly
e-picurean column and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://triangle.com/dining/.