Great service and good food
Great service and good food. Vespa seems to be back after faltering a bit. We used to love this place, but during the last two years the food was not so spectacular and we had stopped going. We decided to try it again this weekend and it was great! There weren't very many people there (end of spring break at UNC) so I hope others will try this neighborhood gem again!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Little Restaurant!!
We loved having Easter Bruch at Vespa Ristorante! It has a Euro flare and the waiters are very professional, great wine and atmosphere, also intimate setting for a date! There is outdoor dining right on Franklin but we dined inside because of the weather.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is my favorite place
This is my favorite place for lunch and my second favorite for dinner. I ordered the Caprese Sandwich and my friend ordered the Vegetable Sandwich. I remember them costing only $8.50 but the biggest bargain of the century as they are served with a cup of soup and a salad. The salad is always fresh and dressed with a light oil based dressing. The soup I've gotten there has always been the best I've ever tasted. This time it was carrot soup which normally would not ring my bells. Both my friend and I thought it was so superbly made that we didn't taste it as a cooked carrot. It was just the best! The sandwiches are always good. There are so many really good things to pick from on his menu.The owner is very involved in your experience.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
staff accommodated our group
staff accommodated our group of 5 outdoors by re-arranging tables, and also by bringing some items (e.g. a sauce from one dish brought for another diner). Food was great and we had a really good time.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really treated well especially
Really treated well especially since it was a birthday event!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reliable for basic pasta dishes,
Reliable for basic pasta dishes, Vespa often excels in its specials and its salads. A fish special -- treated gently with light batter and very fresh oil and seasonings -- was as good as can be found in Italy itself. Portions can be large, and for some tastes there can be too much reliance on starches (potatoes, pasta) resulting in heaviness, which some may welcome as heartiness. But the ingredients are fresh and ripe, making the salads outstanding (a tricolore with tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and avocado was memorable). The wine list is knowledgeable and reasonably priced (love those Italian reds!).
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Good service.
Great food. Good service. Everything we have had there is great.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have enjoyed this restaurant thoroughly during our son's four years at UNC.
Very good food in relaxed atmosphere, great
owner and wonderful location
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place to meet the parents...
We ate here after the UNC graduation last week, it was a "meet the parents" of my son's adorable new girlfriend. It was a perfect place and we all had a great meal and a great time. My only problem was... they ran out of our favorite wine and we only had 1 bottle for 8 people. Advice: stock up for Graduation/Mother's Day weekend!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mother's Day / graduation men
Given busy and full tables of celebration of graduation and mother's day, we were delighted with service and food quality of fixed menu offerings. Appetizers were generous and well prepared, main course was delicious ( seafood ravioli and lamb shank entrees), with yummy dessert. Staff very attentive. Ate outside and although near busy street, found the scene delightful. Lovely attentive touches of blue and white balloons honoring grads and a red rose given to all moms.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went there to celebrate a co-worker graduation. The service was amazing and the restaurant provided desert for free!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you want Italian in Chapel Hill
Then you want to eat at Vespa restaurant.. The owner runs a top notch establishment...fine food, very well prepared, with courteous and professional service. This is simply a winner. We have eaten in downtown Chapel Hill many many times, and we have eaten at many Italian restaurants, and coming from New York, our expectations were high--and Vespa delivers.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best lunch ever!
The parking at Vespa's is really easy to get in and out. But, my friend and I both agreed that we always have a great lunch there and our lunch on May 21 was the best so far. I ordered the carrot soup. I've had it before. It never would be my first choice anywhere but Vespa's. Their soups are the best. I also had chicken parmesan with spaghetti. My friend had the special, crab raviolis. The sauce was to die for according to her and she loved every last bite. I am happy to see that people are finally finding this gem as I want them to stay in business as they are a favorite of mine and most of my friends. Try it and you'll agree.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Vespa several
We have been to Vespa several times in the last year. Consistently excellent food with very attentive service. Authentically prepared meals. Highly recommended.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Teacher Team
1) Easy parking. Free parking in Chapel Hill? 2) We were expected (as per our reservation) and well received. Our host/waiter was polite, prompt, and unobtrusive (yet readily available to answer any questions). 3) The wine menu was reasonable, and the Chianti was very nice. 4) The Early Bird menu was reasonable, and we each found it difficult to narrow our choices - all of them looked good, and everyone was! 5) The conversation was lively at our table. That said, we were never interrupted. The staff was attentive but never overbearing. Glasses were refilled as needed, but there was never any "hovering." 6) The desserts were excellent! Between the five of us, we got all of the options - and they were all great!
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad I found it
My wife and I dined at Vespa during Triangle Restaurant Week and we are glad we did. Every one of the 3 courses, salads, lamb shanks and dessert were plentiful and very good. The prices for both food and drink were reasonable, the quality and volume of the background music were perfect for both listening and conversation, the service was good and the management aimed to please. We wil definitely return.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My visit to Vespa Ristorante-Chapel
My visit to Vespa Ristorante-Chapel Hill was a very nice one, indeed. I would not hesitate to book a reservation there again were I to be in town. The staff was very professional and the food was delicious.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food & service was great. I love the half price wine on Sundays--made for a great treat! Great portion size and terrific taste.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent all around dinner and a great value with half price entrees on Wednesday night. Free parking right along side off Franklin can't be beat!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine for decent N Italian Chapel H
We went with a party of 4 including one in a wheelchair for a 7 PM dinner. Service was quick, food (scallopine, shrimp diavlo, carpaccio) quality decent and portion size appropriate. Other reviewers were put off by the odor of grease which I will admit was detectable but not offensive unless you are an aromaphobe. Light level and sound level were fine for conversing with two 90+ year old companions. i would not recommend it for romantic candlelight dining for two .
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite place
This is the only menu that I could eat nearly everything served. I have introduced it to others and they are all crazy about this place after they try it. The owner bends over backwards to please his guests and is a really sweet man. And the meals and the prices are always outstanding. No one make soups, sandwiches or even main courses like this. Desserts are all made in house also. Try this place. You will love it!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to lunch with two girlfriends - and had the best experience! The owner and all of the staff were so attentive - but, left the three of us to talk without hurrying us. Our food was all delicious - two of us had the caprese sandwich, which came with a nice little green salad with delicious dressing and a small cup of the soup of the day. I've been thinking about that sandwich and can't wait to go back!!! He also gave us a "punch card" for a free lunch after we dine there 4 times ( I think). Judging from the small lunch crowd, they are trying to get the lunch business goinig.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding tiramisu and profiteroles. Espresso was good. Couldn't find moscato d'asti on the extensive Italian wines list.e
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect in every way. Top quality ingredients make for top quality food..presented with eye-appeal. Wait staff work as a team to make sure your time spent there is a memorable fine dining event.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another excellent meal at Vespa
Once again, the food was fabulous. The Scottata appetizer is unique and delicious, the house-made marinara is delicate and has the right balance of sweet and tart. Veal picatta and the risotto were both very good. But it is the attentiveness of the staff is what really makes Vespa special. We will return again and again.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Management and staff attentive
Management and staff attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellently prepared and presented. The Gnocchi were as good as I have had in Italy. Ralph in SC
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my go-to restaurant.
This is my go-to restaurant. Yesterday, I celebrated the birthday of a friend with 5 gals besides myself. Many had not been to this restaurant but all were crazy about the food and so surprised when a shareable birthday dessert came out that was to die for. I have never had a bad meal here and have never had any complaints from friends I take there. Everyone is impressed with the food and service and all love the owner. It is becoming a favorite restaurant for all that I take there. You must try this place. The owner wants so badly to please you and give you a good meal and a good time.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our meal was wonderful; the evening perfect. What a nice memory.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my go-to place for
This is my go-to place for lunch. It is generally fairly quiet and the food is out of this world. My friend and I split a chicken piccata and a chicken parmesan this time and both were soooooooooooo good. I had the profiterales and she had the ice cream for lunch. She loved the chocolate over the hazelnut which was too mild to really get the taste of hazelnuts. I always get a really good meal here and everyone knocks themselves out to give you the best dining experience they can.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Lunch Spot
A group of us from work went to Vespa for lunch recently. We had a wonderful meal--great food, attentive service, and very affordable. Highly recommend! Excellent hummus and fresh bread.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were looking for a moderately priced Italian downtown and it exceeded expectations on all fronts. the veal was fresh and more than enough as was the Tuna. Well priced wine list with the Italian choices by region.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoy our meal at Vespa's when we are in town. Excellent menu, wine selection, etc. Service was slow. One waiter and a trainee for a lot of tables - even though it was not busy this night.
Pasta is excellent - ravioli always good.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to Vespa many times and this was our best experience yet. Seemed like everyone was eating outside, so we joined them. Very attentive service, including service from the manager. The Malbec on the wine list was delicious and full bodied. Two of us shared the Vespa salad that came nicely dressed and more than enough for the two of us. One of my guests had the special, a roasted whole bluefish. It came properly deboned, and had wonderful flavors. Another guest had a spicy pasta dish that she really enjoyed. Another guest loved the swordfish dish and I had my usual veal picatta, which comes well thinned with a tangy butter caper sauce. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Even the nearby usual Franklin St. panhandler wasn't a bother.
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Definitely will try again.
Before enjoying a performance in Chapel Hill, we made reservations at Vespa. We had never eaten there before, but we were not disappointed. My hubby had the chicken parm, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the eggplant parm, which was yummy. We had the tapas platter and it was okay. The spinach tarator was quite delicious, but the other items did not stand out. If you know anything at all about wine, the list will not impress. With that said, I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, and we would go there again.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed It....Will Return
Everyone in our party of three enjoyed different entrees at this restaurant. The chef incorporated both Alfredo and Marinara sauces into the lasagne for a unique flavor, the crab ravioli was excellent, and the deliciously creamy sauce smothering the gnocchi was subtly flavored with prosciutto. The bread was fresh, the house salad was very good, and the sauteed spinach was seasoned to perfection. The atmosphere was nice, and the staff were friendly without being overly solicitous. Would recommend.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
this is one of our favorite places
when we have guests visiting from out of town or just want a relaxed, pampered evening. Great food. Great service.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice evening in town
We always liked being on or around Franklin St. and our Vespa discovery the other night was just spectacular.
The good, the service and overall ambience just outstanding.
Will go there again, and again, and again...
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Football week-end handled with yum
Great dinner. I made a quick reservation on Open Table for six people, and they were ready for us when we arrived. Great caprese salad and the crab ravioli was outstanding. I split it with my friend, and wished I hadn't!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM