The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin' arm with today's deal: for $15, you get $35 worth of Italian cuisine at Vespa Ristorante, located in downtown Chapel Hill. This deal is not valid for alcohol purchases.
Serving Italian fare on Franklin Street for 10 years, Vespa Ristorante has parked its zippy menu of fine Italian cuisine in the neighborhood for the long term. Insalata caprese ($8.50) celebrates the triumphant triple-play of fresh-made mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar, loading the bases for an order of homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli in sage-butter sauce ($16). Despite an alarming neck-to-head ratio, steamed little-neck clams ($9), served with garlic, white wine, and lemon butter sauce, affirm that beauty is in the mouth of the bechewer. Tender gnocchi ala gorgonzola ($14.50) cossets potato dumplings in a rich blanket of gorgonzola cream sauce with prosciutto and instills its eaters with a greater capacity for empathy and knock-knock jokes.
Vintage movie posters decorate the vividly painted walls, and dramatic windows set the stage for a beautifully written dialogue exchange. Understated khaki umbrellas and crisp white table linens elevate alfresco dining to an elegant affair. Like popping a mint after eating an entire head of garlic, reservations are suggested but not required.
Good for dine-in only.
- …Lobster Bisque and tapenade was amazing. My Gnocchi was unbelievable - completely astounding - melt-in-your-mouth yumminess. – Scott P., Yelp
- The ambience is beautifully Italian, with Mediterranean colors, classic movie posters, a brilliant copper bar and a gorgeous garden for outside dining. – thesonofclan, Citysearch
- I thought the food...and service were great. We had dinner outside and it was very relaxing and romantic. – bchlvr1263, TripAdvisor
Sky-blue walls frame floor-to-ceiling windows and accents of red brick as friends and couples savor Mediterranean flavors atop white tablecloths. Vespa Ristorante's menus flaunt a combination of culinary creativity and a mastery of Italian cuisine in a cast of unique dishes— such as apricot-stuffed pork loin wrapped in prosciutto and dressed with a fig and port sauce—while still honoring tradition with homemade lasagna and veal scaloppini. The artfully plated entrées pair exquisitely with a selection of Italian, international, and intergalactic wines. Vespa Ristorante also caters to private parties with customizable menus that offer tastes of the restaurant's most popular dishes, desserts, and wines.
Downtown Chapel Hill
306 W Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516Get Directions