Stomachs only growl when they’re hungry or preparing to bite the hand that keeps tickling them. Tame the beast within with today’s Groupon for either Italian cuisine at 604 at West Morgan or pizza at The Pizzeria, both located in the West Village in Durham. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine or pizzeria fare for lunch.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine for dinner.<p>
604’s culinarians craft a dinner menu of pastas, seared meats, and Italian-inspired seafood, garnering a Diner’s Choice Award on OpenTable. While basking beside the exposed-brick walls and under the chandeliers of 604’s chic loft, order up the beef carpaccio appetizer to slowly step into dinner like a mime stepping into an invisible mine field ($14). The lobster-cognac sauce takes taste buds on a seafaring cruise through a mélange of aquatic flavors atop a bed of creamy pasta ($24), and a char-grilled New York strip steak ($35) and locally raised Ashley Farm chicken stuffed with a wild-mushroom and mascarpone duxelle ($21) moor tongues to land-based flavors. Midday noshers can find similarly tempting fare on the lunch menu, with most entrees ranging from $11 to $15.
Otherwise, The Pizzeria’s dough-slinging doyens bake up saucy spheres from a menu of pies to enjoy in the same elegant dining environs or, for an additional delivery fee, in the comfort of home kitchens or mess halls. These oven mavens sizzle up a trifecta of pie varietals, which includes the hand-tossed New York–style thin crust ($11–$15), the Sicilian thick crust ($14–$21), and the trademark Grandma pizza pan pizza with a fresh tomato-basil-garlic sauce ($12–$16). A bevy of pizza adornments ($1.25–$2 each), including sausage, onion spinach, and eggplant, create an edible construction more inviting to the tongue than a statue of Mr. Peanut made of popsicles. Alternatively, hot subs ($11–$12) and baked Italian specialties, such as pasta fagioli ($14), sate those who had pizza during their lunches or coffee breaks.
604 at West Village
Towering brick walls reach up to the exposed wooden rafters and modern, spherical chandeliers hang from 604 at West Village's high ceilings. Beneath this rustic, yet refined decor, plates of contemporary Italian dishes travel to tables, loaded with locally sourced produce, wild boar from Broken Arrow Ranch, and housemade pastas. Every day, chefs incorporate new ingredients from the Durham Farmers' Market into their risotto and craft the pasta primavera exclusively from fresh, seasonal vegetables. During warmer months, the restaurant hosts live jazz performances on its outdoor patio, allowing diners to enjoy the music and eat with silverware made from smelted saxophones.
Sharing the location, but offering a more casual dining environment, The Pizzeria serves oven-crisped pies alongside a similar selection of refined entrees with locally sourced ingredients. Although the chefs are equally comfortable with tossing thin-crust, new york style pizzas by hand and sculpting thicker, sicilian-style pizzas, their signature creation is the Grandma pan pizza with garlic- and basil-spiked tomato sauce. Although The Pizzeria's dining room shares the same brick walls as 604 at West Village, it creates a more lounge-like feel by lining them with neon beer signs and vintage posters advertising low-definition TVs.
604 Fernway Ave.
Durham, North Carolina 27701