Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Daniel's Delights

Locals in Fuquay-Varina have embraced Daniel’s on Main as the primary go-to spot for quality Italian food. The sister eatery of the Apex hotspot hits all the right notes when it comes to providing quality cuisine, service and ambiance.

While the food menu is virtually the same at both locations, Daniel’s on Main is distinctively divergent from the Apex restaurant. A full bar and all-wood flooring are two noticeable differences. Gold-toned walls and dark wood abound, as well as eccentric paintings from local artists. Stylish pendant lights provide just the right amount of diffused illumination in the main dining room, which contains a mixture of comfortable booths and tables filled with wine corks.

Well-appointed staff wear nicely pressed all-black attire with neckties. Each server doles out solid advice about the menu as well as daily specials.

The core menu features standout pasta dishes like house favorite penne a la casa, lasagna and chicken parmesan. Fresh seafood offerings include the rich lobster ravioli, shrimp Florentine and Atlantic salmon in dill cream sauce and the exquisite seafood Fra Diavlo with mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari.

Also popular are the zesty hand-tossed pizzas, which comprise traditional Neapolitan-crust pies cooked on a stone. You can choose from 30 available toppings (fresh garlic is free) or order from among 10 specialty pizzas, which include Greek, Southwest, Mediterranean and Margarita to name a few.

An appealing $7 weekday lunch deal is available. Entrees are accompanied with a salad and fresh foccacia bread. Among the lunch specials are penne a la vodka, baked ziti and spaghetti with meat sauce.

Got a sweet tooth? Consider any of the seven or so enticing desserts. From the mouth-watering tiramisu to the decadent raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, you can’t go wrong—but you can go over the top!

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Fredin/S&A Cherokee
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