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Listed as "Best of the Best" Italian restaurants in the nation.
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Nominated Business Woman of the
Year, Triangle Business Journal - 2000
Award of Excellence-
2000/2001/2002/2003/2004, Wine Spectator
Recognized by Le Confieriede la
Chine des Rotisseurs
The Triangle Bailliage of North
Member of La Cucina Italiana
News & Observer "What's
Up", February 11, 2000
"I cook for my soul," is how Nina
Psarros, chef and co-owner of Nina's Ristorante in North Raleigh,
defines the bond she has with the food she creates. It's this special
passion that has guided her time after time back to her native Italy
to teach cooking classes at the culinary arts school, Proto, in Luca.
It's this same passion that ultimately led local press and appreciative
patrons to proclaim her as "the pearl of Suffren" when she
owned and operated a restaurant called Da Nina's in Suffren NY, prior
to moving to the Triangle. The space here is expansive and elegant,
a tastefully restrained feast for the eyes that includes a wrap-around
mahogany bar, terra cotta colored walls, brass chandeliers with black-shaded
lights, and a faux arbor that fronts a mural depicting a Tuscan scene.
For me, the surroundings set the scene for a memorable meal. Cannelloni
Fiornetina was at once substantial and light, with an almost soufflé-like
quality. Lightness, again, reigned the plate when it came to the Pollo
Imbottitto, which is boneless chicken breast stuffed with Italian
sausage pate and mushrooms served with a brown Madeira wine sauce.
The integration of flavors in the chicken were delightful, not one
usurping another, a good balance. The chicken, resting on a puddle
of Madeira sauce, was nearly masked with sautéed sliced fresh
mushrooms, a dice of fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, potatoes,
and grilled zucchini. Nina's is a definite addition to your dining
itinerary. --Fred Benton Nina and Chris Psarros gave up their successful
restaurant in New York to move south last year, in search of warm
weather. Let's hope the snow and ice don't scare them away, because
their new restaurant is a keeper. The dining room's romantic mural
of an Italian hillside, floor-to-ceiling wine racks, and textured
walls the color of ripe pumpkins set the scene for exploring Nina
Psarros' menu. It's a winning combination of Tuscan cuisine and the
Sicilian food of her childhood--rigatoni with a spicy Amatriciana
sauce, grilled free-range chicken with rosemary, penne rustica with
broccoli, and homemade Italian sausage--and a refreshingly different
seafood selection from plump shrimp grilled over an open flame to
filet of sole in a light tomato-inflected white wine broth.