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“Good food, great service, nice location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vespa

Vespa
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Ranked #58 of 285 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Malette
Description: Looking for elegant and relaxing ambiance with artfully crafted dishes, tasty cocktails, wine, and easy parking? Vespa Ristorante can be your go-to. We're located in the heart of Chapel Hill on Franklin street and can be available for large parties. Come say hello to our owner/head chef and our friendly staff.
Raleigh, North Carolina
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good food, great service, nice location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We had a few appetizers a main course and dessert. The calamari and hummus plate were delicious. I had the "black pasta" with shrimp. It was the right blend of spicy and tomato. My wife and the other couple also enjoyed their dishes. The service was good - our server could have been a little more attentive as we sometimes waited for drinks - and it was not a busy night. The prices were reasonable.

Being right on Franklin Street, it was nice to eat and walk around. I'll be back to Vespa.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank John B
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English first
Asheville, North Carolina
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tasty food, good service and fine tiramisu! ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Our dinner for three was excellent. Three mushroom risotto. Apricot pork. Crab ravioli. Everyone happy. Timing was perfect, dinner was not rushed at all. Tiramisu for dessert was delicious and perfect size for three to share.

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Caeur D Alene
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509 reviews
364 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Parking was easy and even if your a bit far walking here is a joy

The place is well organized. Good now de music.

Our server was friendly, polite and very patient. Smiled honestly.

Loved the food. A bit too much dressing on the salad but that's just my taste.

The chicken piccatta was tasty and well proportioned. The chicken was perfectly tender.

Will return

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

Service was fine but the food was very disappointing. We left frustrated at the quality and the price we paid. The slow cooked roast was hard and a bit like pieces of leather. The two different dish described different sauces, but what came was basically identical. The flavors, texture, and presentation of the main dishes were all much worse than we expected. The Swordfish carpacio was interesting and good, however. I love italian, but next time we will pass on Vespa.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank techai
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Hyattsville, Maryland
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289 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Excellent service, good atmosphere, decent food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

I visited Vespa recently on a trip to Chapel Hill, and overall it was a good experience.
We were greeted and seated promptly by a pleasant hostess. Drink reccomendations came soon after and were met with approval. We went with an olive and oil-based puree appetizer which was delicious. For an entree, I had a seafood-heavy pasta. It was alright. I wasn't thrilled. I usually don't go with cheesecake for dessert, but theirs was pretty good. Our waitress, Allison (I'm pretty sure that's her name) was excellent, polite and attentive. The interior of the restaurant is warm and well-decorated (apart from an odd, misplaced-looking, random rug hanging from the ceiling in one spot) with very cool, large old Italian movie posters. Basically, if you're in the mood for Italian food and are in Chapel Hill, then this is your place.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CaptainAwethume
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