Chapel Hill, NC
Vegetarian and Gluten-free
If you are looking to a fresh yet classic fine-dining experience then 411 West should be your first stop. This Italian restaurant on the well-known Franklin Street in Chapel Hill is what I would imagine eating in countryside Italy would be like. While the entrees are innovative and reminiscent of the forward Cali cuisine, you cannot help but to imagine them as Italian comfort foods. You will leave 411 feeling satisfied and refreshed.
It would be an understatement to say I enjoy the food at 411 West. I have always been blown away with how they turn bold ingredients like lemon, capers or goat cheese into something delicate enough to not overpower the dish. The range of choices will have any palate satiated. Warm herb rolls with whipped butter are served after your drinks, which they alone can fill you up if you are a bread lover like me. I recommend trying the Bruschetta or Artichoke Dip for an appetizer. A past favorite entree of mine is the Lemon Linguine. It is such a light, aromatic pasta dish with shrimp and scallops in a white wine and clam broth. The flavor of fresh lemon is evident but is the perfect accent for the fresh seafood ingredients. My latest favorite entree I would recommend to everyone is the Seasonal Risotto. At the time I went the risotto had caramelized onion, butternut squash, spinach, goat cheese, walnuts and drizzled with this heavenly roasted beet vinaigrette. The first bite of this festive risotto sold me. The tender butternut squash chunks and bite from the goat cheese makes this risotto heaven for the palate. My friend had the Lasagne Bolognese and describe it as “amazing” and “not too meaty”. All of the entrees are served in attractive dishes for those of us who love plate display.
411 West is best enjoyed with good company whether that be a romantic date, family brunch, or dinner with friends. The service is great. You can bring anyone to this Italian cafe and they will be easily impressed with the range of entree options and the knowledge of wine the servers have acquired. The seating is intimate with beautiful lighting. What I appreciate most about 411 West is the 5 star service and cuisine you receive without feeling you are in a stuffy environment. This Italian Cafe is a must visit for anyone in the triangle.