MacGregor Village gets new Italian, Indian restaurants

Tribute Pizza Place has opened in Cary’s Macgregor Village shopping center, in the space most recently occupied by Cinelli’s Pizzeria. Like its predecessor, Tribute serves New York style pizzas as well as an assortment of pasta dishes.

That’s where the similarities end. For starters, Tribute’s menu (which is still being finalized, according to general manager Carmen Tarantino) will also feature a selection of tapas designed to pair with liquid refreshments offered by a full bar.

The new restaurant’s most distinctive feature, however, is a concept that’s hinted at in its name. Tribute is designed to serve as a venue for, well, tributes - anything from wedding reception to retirement party to victory celebration for a local sports team. Facilities will be available for presentations on overhead monitors, and for recording the festivities on a thumb drive to take home as a memento of the event.

And if you’re just in the mood for a pizza, Tribute Pizza Place (107-119 Edinburgh South Drive, Cary; 919-461-3799; is open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m.

A few doors down in the same shopping center, in the space many of us still think of as the home of Horwitz’s Deli (though a number of restaurants have since come and gone in that space), a sign has gone up announcing that Cilantro Indian Cafe is coming soon. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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