Trattoria Salve is amazing the food is delicious. The tomato sauce is savory not sweet like other Italian restaurants and the staff is amazing especially Evan and Dustin they know their wines and their cocktails they can pair it with any dish on the menu.
The catch of the day was Salmon over risotto. My friends loved it. I had eggplant parmigiana and was disappointed. There were thick pieces of baked eggplant layered with sauce and mozzarella. The eggplant was mushy and it just was not good.
We visited during Sunday brunch. There were only 2 other groups dining- it was an hour before closing - and staff was limited. It took quite a while to place our order since the one server was busy with a large table. But the server was very friendly/helpful, and the food was amazing. The kitchen took a little longer than I would have liked to prepare the food, but I also know they make everything to order and I can appreciate that. We ordered the vegan pizza and the mushroom "foragers delight" - both really tasty. I will definitely be back.
Enjoyed it. Very bice
Great food and great service. Not intimate or great ambiance. Good for casual dining.
This is a new venue working with the location at Brightleaf. Menu items have been great. Bartender is excellent and all can recommend wine pairing really well with your dinner choice.
Just left restaurant after one of my worst restaurant experiences in years. Arrived 10 minutes prior to our reservation time, and it took the hostess almost 20 minutes just to recognize us- or anyone else in line. The took another 10 minutes to return when she proceeded to mumble something and wander with us until she found a table. Another 10 minutes until a waiter arrived, poured water, took a wine order, offered to bring bread, and then disappeared for more time. Took food order which took forever. Salads were poor to average and significantly overpriced. Bread never came. Told a fresh loaf was coming out of oven. After another extended period day old sandwich bread was brought. 1.25 hours after reservation time, meal arrived. Lasagna tasted like store bought frozen. Pasta was fair, though not as described. Will NEVER return here. 1 out of 10 service. 3 out of 10 food. So many better area Italian restaurants. NO reason to waste your time and money here. And no one associated with the restaurant seems to give a hoot.
There was something tremendously wrong with this restaurant the night we went (2/15). We ended up walking out before we even got our meal after being there almost two hours. They kept apologizing, saying they were slammed, but the wait to be seated (30 minutes, and we had a reservation) and sitting at the bar for 30 minutes and not even being asked if we wanted a drink, should have clued us in. The first thing we were told by our waiter was that they were out of bread (seriously?? An Italian restaurant??) 30 minutes after placing our order we were given Caesar salads which amounted to a handful, if that, of chopped romaine lettuce and a few croutons sprinkled on top. Again they apologized, saying it shouldn't have taken that long for salads (right about that!). Then waited another 30 minutes for our meal, which we were presented just as we had decided jut to leave. Actually, when the waiter brought out the one meal, he said that mine would take another 5 minutes. During the whole evening, dirty tables kept piling up as there was no one to bus them. I'm sorry, if there was something going on that prevented them from offering quality food and service, they should have just turned the customers away. I hope they can get on track, but I probably won't go back.
This was the worst experience I have ever had in my life. We came here to celebrate our anniversary. We made reservations for 6:45 pm. The hostess told us she had to clean off a table and would seat us in a few minutes. Totally fine...15 minutes later we still weren't seated despite there being 10 OPEN TABLES. My fiancé had to find the hostess and make her seat us. She said the kitchen was busy and we wouldn't get any food for a while. We sat at the table for a half hour without a single person coming to talk to us. No water. No acknowledgement at all. My fiancé had to grab glasses from a neighboring table and ask a waitress for water. She offered to be our waitress. We gave her our order of an appetizer And two entrees and asked for 2 drinks. We received the drinks and asked for bread. They were out of bread. An Italian restaurant out of bread?? Ok. We waited another half hour and never received any food. Not our appetizer or entrees. After being there for over an hour and a half with no food we left. They actually made us pay for our drinks despite the acknowledging that they gave us HORRIBLE SERVICE. Don't waste your time or money here. I understand places get busy but they weren't even busy!! They just blatantly ignored people because they didn't want to wait on us. We weren't the only ones.
We arrived, it was very busy, no table was ready for our reservation. We then got a table across from the bar, when the bartender came to the table, he told us the kitchen is overloaded, and service will be slow. We said had to be out by a particular time, and he said he couldn't be sure that could happen. So, we had no choice but to leave and see if we could get any food in the area without a reservation. We could only guess they were very understaffed for this Saturday night.
The calamari was awful! Everything else was ok!
We were quite disappointed in our meal. We had read reviews, and thought the restaurant was worth a try, but there was no part of the meal that was good, much less very good. The meal began with bread which was good but not special. We then had a soup (pasta fazioli) that was bland but okay. Our other appetizer, calamari, arrived much later. It too was bland and tepid. One of our main dishes was tagliatelle with mushrooms that was bland and just ok but no more, and the other main dish was cavatelli with sausage which was salty beyond description - basically inedible. The restaurant has been open nine months, so it is hard to ascribe this to growing pains. There are much better Italian restaurants in Durham, particularly Cucciolo Osteria and Gocciolina.
Small salad, and very small dinner. Not very much soup. Management was nice, and gave us a discount on our food. Limited menu for Valentine’s Day. Bread was good. Got our bill during dinner, and did not ask until 10min later if we wanted anything else. Was told to try again on a normal day.. I may.
It was Valentines Day, and they were slammed. I get it it. But shouldn't you prepare for that? It seemed like they were totally shocked that it was busy on one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. They took down the menu to just four items to make it easier for the kitchen. That's fine - good idea! But then they printed the new menu on flimsy pieces of paper without putting any prices on it. Kind of weird. Bread was good. Entrees were very very mediocre. Penne alla Vodka was pretty much what I would serve myself if I cooked up some pasta and dumped some red sauce on there.
The only good thing was that the bartender came over to our table to serve us after he realized that no servers had come to help us out (we definitely weren't in the bar-tender's section). So that was super nice and cool of him, and he was a legit dude.
Overall, don't think I would be giving them another shot.
We dine here at least once a week. Evan and Dustin are terrific! They bust their tails to make sure their customers are well served, are always ready to make suggestions for wine pairings- introducing us to wines that have become new faves. The food, while nothing flashy, is consistently good (knowing the Cinelli family, not surprising). The atmosphere is casual and unpretentious. Good choice for date night, friends’ night out, or dinner any evening!
The staff accommodated our large group beautifully with a sane day reservation. Dining room was clean and inviting. Food options great for adults and kids. We would definitely return.
Server seemed very new to the role and awkward at times, but that will hopefully improve with time. Took over 25 min to get glasses of wine. Even longer for salads and then food. “Ran out” of bread for table at 7pm on a Saturday night. Party had variety of dishes (chicken parm, seafood pasta, salmon dish)...all were mediocre.
Limp pasta, thin flavorless sauces, stale bread. The calamari was fair but overcooked.
Disappointing food quality, over salted, small portions.
My wife and I gave this restaurant a try over the weekend. The food and presentation were excellent. The wait staff was attentive and friendly, but the kitchen is a little too slow. I'm sure it's just part of a new restaurant figuring this out. We will be back.
Good selection of draft beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Relatively smaller restaurant and gets busy before special events at nearby venues. Food choices were good and service was also very good.
Trattoria Salve was good. The place itself is nice and cozy. Typical updated surroundings. Wood floor, high ceilings, cozy lighting, quiet. The service was good in terms of attentiveness. There was an obvious language barrier between myself and our server, so sometimes it took a few back and forths to make sure what I wanted or needed was communicated. There was apparently some specials that evening that weren’t communicated. I only knew of this when I heard a different server talking about them with another table. The food was decent, though I feel for what we ordered I would have gotten at least the same quality at a Carrabas. Bread was good, meatball appetizer was good, the caprese salad left a little something to be desired. My entree was good. Everything was mostly good, not great. I may give it a second try.
To start, the bread and olive oil was too good and we ate too much. I ordered Grandma's pizza and my friend ordered spaghetti carbonara. We both loved our choices and will go back again. I love the location and the parking is easy and free.
This place has what is - to me, at least - the perfect combination of great food, friendly service, and comfortable atmosphere. I want fabulous food but I also want to be able to dress casually. Trattoria Salve provides that environment. The prices are not cheap but they are by no means excessive - and it was great to have a choice of portion size for the pasta. That way, if you want a second course entrée, you can have a smaller portion of pasta. And the Caprese salad was the perfect starter. I will be back - probably many times!
First of all, we had a reservation for 6. Three people arrived together first and were taken to the table. The next 3 people came together and were taken to a different table, even though both groups had said the same name under which the reservation was held!
Food was mediocre. Caesar salad (eaten by three people) was tasteless. Two of us had the pappardelle Bolonese, which wasn't great. One person had the chicken parmigiana and said that the chicken was so heavily breaded it tasted fried instead of sauteed. I didn't bother ordering dessert because I figured it would not be worth the money or the extra calories. Two people did order the tiramisu, however, and it was a big hit.
I will not go there again.
Overall, a good experience. Been here several times, food consistently good. Although not very busy on a Monday evening visit, service was spotty. Waiter never asked to replenish water but drinks and food came promptly. Will return.
Service was great! Food was delicious! Plan to return.
A solid Italian restaurant. We were greeted by friendly staff. The bread was delish although not heated all the way thru but we were early customers. We shared mussels which were good but not off the hook. On the small side but that could be a seasonal issue. The broth was lemony but lacked depth of really being a mussel broth. But good. The Italian salon with spinach was delish. It was cooked perfectly to order. More spinach would have been nice but had plenty of tomatoes. The sauce was excellent and just the right amount. We'll be going back.
After reading reviews, I was excited to try this and convinced friends to join us. I may not be trusted to pick a restaurant for a while. The service, while an extremely nice and pleasant interaction, was very slow and very amateurish. The food was also very amateur and basic--around what I would expect a beginning home cook to produce. With so many great options in Durham, I was very surprised by this. The food did not even come close to Gocciolina, Mothers and Sons or Cucciola. Service could be corrected with some training and perhaps they were short that night (although it was not busy at all). The space is pretty and the wine prices were pretty decent, but other than that, sadly, I cannot recommend this place.
We had the mussels for our appetizer and they were inedible. They were very spongy and had a strange taste. I’ve ordered mussels many times at other res
Our server Leo was terrific. He gave us excellent advice and our meal (scallops with whipped cauliflower and chicken Parmesan) was great. They are a little hard to find so they especially appreciate customers who make their way through the Brightleaf maze (it is in the North Building behind Mt. Fuji).
Visited on NYE. Expected more ambiance in this location at this price point. Food was good, but not wow. Service was very friendly and very family oriented but not fast or efficient. Small details in the real estate were being missed: trash bits here, wobbly table there, messy bar.
For a casual dinner with family this might be great...but for the price point. It isn't the choice for a dim romantic dinner, white table cloth,
or NYE. Better options with a quarter mile.
Incredible! Highly recommend!
Awesome, house made italian that brought me back to the Italian I grew up with in NJ! I will definitely be back soon!
The food was rather heavy. The focaccia was excellent. Very disappointing that we coukd not finish with a caffé latte; if so, we would have had dessert.
I came here with my family for a late lunch after my graduation and it was fantastic. The food is delicious, truly authentic Italian. My sister is vegan and was so pleased with their accommodations to make any menu item she wanted vegan. The staff was so kind and welcoming. I couldn’t recommend a place more it was perfect. I got the broccoli rabe and sausage panini and it was exquisite. The rigatoni alla vodka was a fan favorite, it was rich, creamy, and savory. We devoured all of our meals in no time.
This was our first visit to the restaurant and we were seated quickly at a table with chairs on an uneven floor that wobbled throughout our visit. The bread that they serve was fantastic though the olive oil and balsamic mixture would have benefitted from a little more consistency. I had the Caesar Salad and the Parma de Pollo (chicken parmesan). The salad was good with full strips of anchovies on the top. The chicken in the entree was also crisp and tasty. The spaghetti that they served tasted like that which I make at home when I pour it out of a box and there was not much of it. For $18, I am expecting something that is a little more on the fresh side. The sauce was okay but very light on flavor; it was not something that I would expect people would buy a bottle of to remember their evening. The servers were friendly but when we asked for a minute before ordering it turned into a long wait and the restaurant was not busy at that time. We might try it again but for the money, there are Italian restaurants that I think stand out more.
Prompt, friendly service and very good food with reasonable prices.