The River Café Trattoria serves wood-burning brick-oven pizza and fresh Italian favorites in a family-friendly atmosphere. Start dinner with a taste of Tuscany antipasti, a culinary welcoming committee of fresh mozzarella, sopressata, artichokes, roasted peppers, fried eggplant, and Sicilian olives ($12). Inside the fiery brick oven, quattro stagionia pizzas bake and bubble around a mouth-watering compilation of prosciutto, artichokes, mushrooms, and black olives ($15.95 for a 14” pie). A classic margherita hits the fresh-basil spot ($12.95 for a 14” pizza), though fork-holding green thumbs may find their herb fix with the gnocchi al pesto ($13). Glasses of fresh juices ($3.50) or canned colas ($1.30) can be poured directly into gullets or mixed together with bring-your-own beverages. A pizza alla Nutella topped with bananas, strawberries, and powdered sugar ($10) finishes the meal if traditional Italian deserts such as tiramisu ($4) don’t get there first.
Que Pasta's chefs have a simple recipe for success?using high-quality Durham flour, they create their own fresh pastas every morning. The ravioli, gnocchi, penne, and tortellini are created in small batches to ensure quality, and they go on to support housemade sauces ranging from sweet brown sherry sauce to spicy cream of leek sauce. They also might hoist a seafood medley, pan-seared chicken, or tender veal.
Those who wish to take the pasta creations home don't even have to attempt to leave any noodles on their plates?Que Pasta actually sells the housemade pastas for people to make at home. These include a selection of seasonal pastas, such as ravioli stuffed with roasted turkey, cranberries, and walnuts, and pumpkin ravioli with tiny candles inside. In addition to a full menu, Que Pasta now serves wine and beer.