What it is: Piazza Italia is a fancy sit-down Italian restaurant, but very few people know that inside the restaurant, there are a couple of counters from which to buy fresh pastas and sauces as well as gelatos!
What we like: The pasta is made fresh in the kitchen behind the counter every day, and we've tried all of them, though we love the fettucini and squid-ink linguine the best. (Honest, the kids LOVE the black noodles!) The sauces are made fresh while you wait, and the prices are unbeatable. If you have your kids with you, go ahead, ask for a free sample of some gelato flavor as a reward for them behaving so well, and take advantage of the lovely bathrooms too. The staff is very gracious too.
What we would change: Easier access without having to walk through the restaurant would be nice, especially when you have to wait a little and your kids get noisy. Also, the sauces are made fresh, but I often buy at lunchtime for my dinner, so it would be nice to have ready-made sauces ready to go.
Website and other important information: Piazza Italia is located in downtown Durham in Brightleaf Square.
Address: 905 West Main Street, Suite 18A, Brightleaf Square, Durham, NC 27701