Restaurant News & Reviews

Pasta Bella

Homestead Market, 105 W. N.C. 54, Durham.


Cuisine: Italian.

Rating: ** 1/2

Prices: entrees range from $11 to $16.

Atmosphere: romantic Tuscan charm.

Service: attentive and enthusiastic.

Recommended: gamberi e rucola, calamari, ravioli di spinaci e pignoli, Creole pollo e salsiccia lasagna, grilled sea scallops.

Open: Lunch Wednesday-Friday, dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Reservations: encouraged on weekends.

Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; beer and wine; smoke-free; kid-tolerant.

The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in five categories:

**** Extraordinary.

*** Excellent.

** Good.

* Fair.

Zero stars: Poor

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