Casa Carbone
By: Madeline Cook


Casa Carbone

On a rainy evening this spring we found ourselves craving pizza, and made the wonderful discovery that is Casa Carbone off of Glenwood Avenue in North Raleigh.  Those who’ve called this area home for longer than we have may be familiar with this family-owned Italian restaurant that’s delighted diners since 1984.  However, the Carbone family history of sharing their love of cooking with the city of Raleigh dates back to 1958 when they opened Villa Capri in the Ridgewood Shopping Center.  Casa Carbone carries on this tradition, serving the flavors of Italy with hundreds of five star reviews.  After enjoying a meal there, we’d give it 10 starts if we could! 


Lovely wooden doors set this restaurant apart from the other businesses that share the Oak Park Shopping Center.  Once inside, you’ll encounter a cozy, clean atmosphere and the overwhelming (yet completely welcomed) smell of fresh-baked bread.  In fact, Casa Carbone welcomes every guest with a basket of thick-cut bread, so don’t fret.



The menu is full of enticing options, like the Fried Vegetables and Cheese or authentic Cesar Salad.  And yes, we had technically come for pizza, but we couldn’t say no when our waiter described the mushrooms, battered and fried to a golden brown and served with scratch-made marinara sauce. 



Just as with the appetizers, the pizza didn’t let us down in the slightest.  With bubbling cheese and crispy pepperoni, we’re certain we’ve found a new favorite pizza joint.  And for as charming as Casa Carbone is on the inside with its flickering candles, tuscan art, and thoughtful decor, guests also enjoy online ordering to partake in the taste of Italy in the comforts of their own home.  The menu isn’t limited to pizza, either.  The calzones, casseroles and pasta dishes come highly recommended. 



Don’t forget a tiramisu or cheesecake, courtesy of time-tested Carbone family recipes to finish off your meal with a sweet treat.  Too full for dessert?  We don’t blame you after all that delicious food.  In the spirit of tradition and hospitality, your waiter will bring you a few after dinner mints with your check!  Admire the fish tank on your way out, and remember Casa Carbone the next time you find yourself craving all the elements of a comfortable dining experience with exceptional food. 



Visit Casa Carbone at 6019-A Glenwood Avenue for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 



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