Vincenzo Barresi's grandfather was never one to compromise?especially when it came to the cuisine of his beloved hometown, Fiumara. The Italian native took no shortcuts in preparing fine pastas and other specialty dishes. It appears his dedication has rubbed off on his grandson, who shares his grandfather's name as well as his passion for all-natural ingredients.
The younger Vincenzo continues to do his family proud at Cucina di Milano, where he also draws inspiration from classic Milanese recipes. Visitors to the restaurant can browse the daily specials or customize a pasta dish to include their favorite sauce or their name spelled out in spaghetti.
At Vino Ristorante, every dining experience blends on the New-World traditions of Italian-Americans and the Old-World presentations of cuisine native to Northern Italy. Chefs craft traditional and contemporary comfort foods, employing homemade pastas as well as gluten-free and whole-wheat alternatives. Entrees range from freshly grilled meats with a delicate topping of fresh arugula to sauce-laden bowls of spaghetti with homemade meatballs. Bartenders accessorize each meal with glasses of Italian wine or cocktails made with hand-squeezed juices, freshly muddled berries, and ice cubes fashioned by an animatronic Mr. Freeze.
Rustic yellow walls stretch up to the high ceilings in Vino Ristorante’s dining room, lending an Old-World charm to the polished wooden tables and metalwork that evoke a more modern feel. On Saturdays, the restaurant hosts live musical performances as long as diners agree to help keep time by chewing in unison.
At 5 Hot Chillies Indian Cuisine, the Patel family champions both traditional and unconventional Indian dishes, always imbuing plates with vibrant color and intense flavors. Diners take a culinary tour of the subcontinent with stir-fried Indo-Chinese-style dishes and hakka noodle plates, spicy tamil chicken dishes, bombay fried fish, and hyderabad biryani. Ample vegetarian options share table space with sautéed shrimp and marinated chicken, satisfying stomach rumbles with healthy morsels of homemade paneer cheese, savory black-lentil dal, and chickpeas smothered in rich tomato gravy. Fluffy stuffed naan complements dinners enjoyed on the open-air patio, and brunch enthusiasts can come in for midday dosa pancakes.
Bartenders pour and mix more than 30 tequilas as chefs craft elegant Tex-Mex dishes that follow Yucatán traditions. Upscale entrees range from pan-seared duck breast with roasted poblano-mashed potatoes to marinated steak swathed in pasilla and ancho chilies in hefty quesadillas. A sea of crystals cascades down a spiral-shaped chandelier that dangles above the fully stocked bar, where Cazadores and Patrón liquors head up an extensive tequila cache. Bartenders also craft numerous specialty margaritas, enhancing sips with such ingredients as fresh lime mixers and agave nectar. Patrons can feast eyes on multiple flat-screen TVs in the dining area, or venture to an outdoor patio to construct a canopy of tortilla chips that will guard against inclement weather.
Leigh Pomerleau pampers her clients with a variety of customized skincare treatments at Serenity Skin Care. From her signature facial—which uses only small-batch, organic products—to express facials and body scrubs, she refreshes and cleans skin for newly healthy glows. Reflexology treatments help relieve stress while eliminating toxins, and can include hot stones or aromatherapy for additional pampering.
Old North State native Dr. Josiah Chen fosters healthier smiles with restorative and cosmetic dentistry in an office that combines up-to-date technology with an emphasis on patient comfort and education. Dr. Chen's memberships in various dental organizations keep him abreast of all the latest dental developments, and he equips his office with low-radiation digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so patients can view the insides of their own mouths and their future. Live-action videos and 3-D animations visually demonstrate procedures, giving patients a heads-up on procedural goings-on and allowing them to make informed choices when developing a treatment plan. TVs in each room and WiFi in the waiting room further encourage comfort pre or post-procedures.