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LUva Enoteca | Durham NC | Chef Jim Anile

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Fettucini with Lamb Bolognese

My oooooh my, how time flies…It has been quite a stint since I visited this space with some updated work, but finally, we are back.  As I write this post I noticed that my last Spoonfed Raleigh update covering Capital Club 16 was written last August (two days short of a full year ago) and that is a bit upsetting.  The past year has been a bit of a whirlwind and I won’t go into too much detail except to say that the majority of that time was spent making a transition from living in two cities to fully living in Raleigh.  Yet, for now, I am here.  I am back.  I am looking forward to returning to getting some goals accomplished, one of which is to recommit some efforts to this blog.  Thanks to all that have questioned my absence, especially Rob at A Photo Editor whose timely inquiry helped me to stay focused.  Aside from the 9 months set aside for refurbishing and selling our home in Atlanta I also began a new platform related to photography.  Due to the experience collected these past couple years blogging and working with restaurants and with considerations of the ever changing world of photography, I began creating an on line educational system geared towards teaching food photography to those that are interested in capturing the same quality images found here.  We are still in the early building stages but please, pay us a visit when you are through checking out this post.  (link at bottom).

Thanks again to those that find themselves here again, welcome back…now onward to

L’Uva Enoteca

American Tobacco Complex

406 Blackwell St. Ste. 406

Durham, NC 27701

919.688.8181

www.luvaenoteca.com (link)

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Cured Meats

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I don’t think it is just coincidence that I return to this blog by showcasing L’Uva Enoteca after a year.  They have been on my radar for some time and this post is close to dropping right around their one year anniversary.  It’s almost as if I’m picking up right where I left off.  Also, Chef/Owner Jim Anile and I have a history since he was one of the earlier chefs to allow me a visit to his other Durham restaurant, Revolution so to visit him once again, would make for an easy going shoot to ease me back into the process.  He admits to the difference between the two places and seems to want L’Uva to have a much more simplistic approach.  It’s laid back, uncomplicated, and straight forward Italian cuisine mixed with small production Italian wines.  Lead by Jim and Chef de Cuisine, John Tate (who actually helped out with the shoot at Revolution a couple years ago as well), L’Uva offers an ever changing weekly menu, so even though the exact dishes you see here may not be currently available, I’m positive the same quality and care will be presented in the menu’s most current selections.

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Salmon Carpaccio with Citrus Fennel Salad

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Mascarpone Gnocchi with Rock Shrimp and Lobster Sauce

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Like the menu, the decor design is clean, straight forward and comfortable.  A mostly partitioned outdoor patio with handmade wood benches allows lunch and dinner goers to enjoy the American Tobacco Complex’s atmosphere while still feeling L’Uva’s personal presence.  With the idea to extend L’Uva’s capacity by the addition of another outdoor bar area in the general vicinity, Jim continues to build upon the business’s appeal for the local lunch crowd as well as for patrons the locations events.  L’Uva is a great spot for both the dressed down pre or post Durham Bull games as well as for those dolled up for an evening at DPAC.

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Warm Polenta and Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Curd and Almond Praline

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Other than talking art, business, food and photography while getting to know Jim a bit better during the shoot, my second favorite part of the day was seeing that he carries Full Sail Session.  I’ve been looking for this since trying it in Atlanta at Top Flr.  So the fact that I can now find it, here, in Raleigh, reinforces my correct decision making that this IS the place to live.  It’s nice to be home.

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518 West Italian Cafe | Raleigh NC | Chef Blaine Nierman

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Grilled Organic Scottish Salmon on a local Grilled Corn & Butter bean Salad w/Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

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518 West Italian Cafe

518 W. Jones St.

Raleigh, NC 27603

919.829.2518

www.518west.com (link)


Braised Pork with Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Gnocchi Ragout

Braised Pork with Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Gnocchi Ragout

Having come from an area of the US that has been ensconced in Italian heritage I feel I have slight, intrinsic understanding of such.  Combine that with my multiple viewings of “The Godfather” and “The Sopranos” and I can safely declare that when pondering Italian culture two things come to mind… La Cosa Nostra and pasta (HA!) generally translated… family and food.  Oddly enough, minus the mafia references and stereo-types, 518 West Italian Cafe (@518 twitter) reflects with vigor, both of these concepts.  Started roughly a decade ago by the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, 518 specializes in Italian and Mediterranean flavors, included in their offerings of seasonal home-made pastas, wood fired pizzas and fresh seafood and steaks. Headed by Blaine Nierman, Executive Chef and General Manager, 518 provides multiple options for classically hearty Italian meals but also designs weekly specials around fresh, local ingredients purchased at local farmer’s markets. (see 518 blog for news and updates…here).  Mild in manner, Nierman, with little respect for other overpriced and pretentious establishments, provides robustly flavored meals in a comfortable setting easily affordable to family and friends and business associates alike.

But more than just the food factors into this equation.  518 West also seems to stress the importance of family so reflected in Italian heritage.  The foundation on which the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group’s establishments are built is one of “community” and “building relationships with employees” to aid their business in growth, as noted in a past bizjournals article.  Mickey Ewell, founded the group by opening up opportunities to employees that showed interest and potential, eventually partnering with them to expand the business.  Likewise, Blaine Nierman, not only warrants respect from his employees through his calm demeanor but also takes the time to blog about the importance of his relationships with regards to those he employs.  Family and the recognition of a “building community” are a cornerstone for 518 West and that combined with the importance of delicious food should leave any member of your personal mafia content.

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Sous Chef, Joey Guennette preps lobster for dinner service.

Lavazza (Italian Brand Coffee imported to 518 West) Cappuccino w/Biscotti

Lavazza (Italian Brand Coffee imported to 518 West) Cappuccino w/Biscotti

Tiramisu-house lady fingers w/ espresso syrup, marscapone cream & chocolate ganache

Tiramisu-house lady fingers w/ espresso syrup, mascarpone cream & chocolate ganache

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