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L’uva Enoteca – CLOSED

Posted by DID 22 Sep 2011 3 Comments

L’uva Enoteca is a new Italian place in American Tobacco from the folks behind Revolution.

It’s an open bistro-type space with high ceilings and a nice enclosed patio. We were lucky enough to make it to their preview a few weeks ago when they were passing out large porchetta sandwiches for free. Inspired by the sandwiches owner Jim Anile ate in the market places of Italy, the porchetta (now on the lunch menu) was slow roasted pork on a large ciabatta-type roll, slathered with pesto and red pepper sauce. It bode well for Revolution’s new venture.

We stopped in for lunch this week and despite hearing tales of overpriced lunches (the lunch entrĂ©es prices do top out at $13), I was impressed with L’uva’s $10 lunch special. For $10 you can choose any combo of a daily half sandwich, daily pasta, salad or daily soup combo. The day we were there, the options were beef-topped gnocchi, lentil soup, salami sandwich or a fresh greens salad.

I went with the sandwich and gnocchi combo. The gnocchi was light, airy and topped with a rich, beef ragu. It was excellent. The half sandwich was a large, crusty baguette filled with roasted red peppers, provolone, and a really nice salami. The portions were large and I was able to save half of each for a second lunch. The sandwich pictured is half of the sandwich I was served. No complaints.

We also sampled two desserts – the nutella gelato and the tiramisu. The gelato was as expected, rich and indulgent with a lovely hazelnut finish, while the classic tiramisu was light, airy and fresh.

L’uva also has started doing daily deals to lure in those ATC workers for post-work drinks. On Mondays, they offer half bottles of wine. Tuesdays are 1/2 price wines by the glass. Wednesday is $2 import beers – this is the one that caught my eye. And Thursdays, they offer 1/2 price small plates from 4-6pm.

During lunch, L’uva was packed. And of note to some, L’uva has now started accepting reservations. Also worth mentioning is the fact that L’uva currently only serves beer and wine.

For dinner L’uva is more pricey with entrĂ©es ranging from $9 for a small portion of pasta to $23 for a roasted lamb loin. I look forward to taking advantage of their $2 beer special and enjoying the fall weather on L’uva’s patio.

American Tobacco
406 Blackwell St, Ste 105
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 688-8181


  • tarheelJ said:

    Ate there tonight and the food was great! The rissoto was spot on and the calimari was light and tasty! John Tate has the restaurant running great!


  • Amy said:

    I heard this restaurant closed, but their Facebook page says they are relocating? Any updates on this?


  • Millie said:

    I really like this restaurant. Are you really planning to re-open in a new location?


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