Vespa Ristorante

Downtown Chapel Hill

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In a Nutshell

  • Italian & Mediterranean fare
  • Patio seating
  • In-house cooked-to-order pasta

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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 Groupon at Vespa Ristorante, located in downtown Chapel Hill. Choose between the following options:

For more than a decade, Vespa Ristorante's Mediterranean-inspired menu has bestowed freshly crafted pastas and authentic Italian dishes upon the noodle-loving masses of downtown Chapel Hill. Despite asymmetrical shell patterns, steamed clams with garlic, white wine, and lemon-butter sauce ($8.95) pad dinner-ready mouths, and affirm that beauty is in the mouth of the bechewer. Vespa's made-to-order pastas feature a plethora of doughy varieties, including the tender gnocchi ala gorgonzola, which cossets potato dumplings in a rich blanket of gorgonzola cream sauce with prosciutto ($14.50), and instills its eaters with a greater capacity for empathy and knock-knock jokes. Those opting for a lunchtime fix at Vespa can sample the eggplant caviar paired with a medley of olive tapenade, imported feta and extra-virgin olive oil ($6.50). The spice-crusted tilapia dresses a succulent cut of fish in toothsome flavor with a cilantro ginger cream sauce, fresh tomatoes, and green peppers in preparation for its main-course debut ($11.95).

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.


More than 20 Yelpers give Vespa Ristorante an average of 3.5 stars, and Citysearchers give it a 3.5-star average:

  • It would be a good place to bring a date, since it's not your usual loud, crowded college-town dining establishment. – Carline Z., Yelp, 4/30/2010
  • The chefs mix Mediterrean [sic] and Middle Eastern entrees into their menu, making for an even more exciting and pleasant experience. – UNCpj14, Citysearch

Vespa Ristorante

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.

Customer Reviews

Excellent food & service.
Tammy C. · December 29, 2016
Good food and atmosphere....bit pricey
Mike V. · December 21, 2016
I always come back here for the Lamb Shank Risotto! They usually have 50% on entree during Wednesday (no coupon code needed). This Groupon is good if you plan on going there on other days!
Linh H. · December 10, 2016
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    Downtown Chapel Hill

    306 W Franklin St.

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516

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