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4BThe Daily Tar HeelThursday, September 6, 1984
thnic dining brings European elegance to area
By LORETTA GRANTHAM
Statf Writer ,
When a road trip abroad is out of the question (classes
and funds often hinder these things), consider embarking
on a taste trip at Cracovia, Orient Express or Restaurant
La Residence, three ethnic restaurants that bring the flavors
of Europe within walking distance.
Cracovia serves a different menu each day of Polish,
French, German and northern European cuisine, said
Polish co-owner Marek Maciolowski, who came to
America and graduated from UNC during the 1970s. .
The unusual name Cracovia is the Latin term for Krakow,
the former capital of Poland, explained Margaret Szalata,
co-owner. She traveled to the United States four years ago
and holds a master's degree in modern tapestries from
Poland. Because daily menus vary, Szalata said they have
to start every day by buying groceries. "We have chicken,
pork, beef and lamb prepared in many ways," she said,
"and there's a big request for our Polish-style marinated
lamb on a skewer."
Maciolowski described the restaurant as "small, friendly
and informal." He said there are 12 tables which seat about
45 guests and also European music to complete the
Cracovia's employees give the establishment an ethnic
authenticity. For example, Szalata told of one Polish
waitress who immigrated to the United States with her
husband, a Solidarity member. He had been imprisoned
for a year because of his union activities, and the couple
chose to move to America.
Meal prices vary from $6 to $12 including soup, salad
and other items, Maciolowski said, and soon the restaurant
will have all ABC permits. Currently beer and imported
wine are available with beer prices ranging from $1.50
to $2.50. Located at 300B W. Rosemary St., Cracovia
is open from 5:30 p.m. to lO p.m. daily except Sunday.
During September, Maciolowski added, the European
diner will be closed on Mondays. Also, a catering service
is offered to those desiring "taste trips" for large groups.
Another European restaurant in the neighborhood is the
Orient Express, housed in "an elegant 1914 Pullman dining
car," manager and co-owner George Horwitz said.
"We brought the dining car here from Athens, Ga. , where
it was already a restaurant," Horwitz said. "We were amazed
at the amount of time it took for. the railroad to finally
get it here."
Horwitz, who comes from a Polish family, mentioned
flattering reviews received in the past both large
metropolitan newspapers and local restaurant guides. "Our
chef is Katherine Schlessinger and she's a great cook,"
The menu rotates daily, he said, and there is always
something available, like Russian chese dumplings, for
vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Roast duck and filet
mignon are also offered as well as borsos belszintokany,
a hot dish of beef, bacon and mushrooms. Horwitz listed
a number of other selections served by Orient Express
including fruit, soups, popular Viennese pastries and coffee
prepared in the traditional styles of such countries as Russia,
Poland, Hungary, Austria and more.
"The prices are fairly prohibitive for students," he said.
"We don't get a lot of students because you can't expect
them to spend as much." Entree prices are in the $10
to $15 range, and a four-course dinner special is offered
nightly for $10.75. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday through Friday with tea at 4:30 p.m. and dinner
from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Orient Express,
located at 201 E. Main St., Carrboro, has all ABC permits,
Horwitz said, as well as a comprehensive wine list.
Restaurant La Residence, an establishment that defines
the phrase "French cuisine," exists for the diner who insists
upon a lavish meal, an extensive wine selection and an
Mickey Maloney, floor manager for the restaurant, said
the menu consists of "eclectic French dishes with some
standard items." He added that the menu changes in some
ways each night since all meals are prepared with the freshest
La Residence provides a "very romantic setting with
country French decor ... and classical and jazz music,"
Maloney said. He explained that the dining areas are created
with small rooms and small tables because the building
is an actual house.
The only North Carolina restaurant to receive Travel
Holiday magazine's award for dining distinction (1980
84), La Residence is open seven days a week from 6 p.m.
until the last customer is served, Maloney said. Reservations
are preferred, and entrees range in price from $11.95 for
chicken or trout dishes to $17.95 for beef or veal selections.
The French restaurant, owned by Mississippi-born
Moreton Neal, is located at 220 W. Rosemary St. and
promises to be the closest thing to a Paris holiday right
here in Chapel Hill.
Italian fare is both popular and varied
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By SONYA TERRELL
When the Roman emperor
Nero got hungry, he probably
didn't order a pizza with pepperoni
and sausage and two Cokes. And
it's doubtful his momma mia made
him some heaping spaghetti.
But Chapel Hill lovers of Italian
cuisine today can enjoy much of
the food the descendants of the
One of the restaurants serving
pseudo-Latinos is Mario's, located
in Kroger Plaza.
"We are an Italian family and
we have been in business 19 years,"
owner Elaneor Costabile said.
"We are last of the homemade
people who cook Italian food. We
make our own bread, sauce,
dressing and desserts."
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Aurora, a Northern Italian
restaraunt, is located in Carr Mill
"Aurora serves fresh seafood
like grilled salmon. It also serves
Jiomemade pasta," manager Larry
Birkemo said. Aurora has a roman
tic lamp light atmosphere. Prices
range from $5.25 to $12.95.
Leo's Restaraunt, at 423 W.
Franklin St., serves American,
Greek and Italian food nightly.
Manager Pete Caporal said the
most popular dishes are pizza,
spaghetti and lasagna, not includ
ing all the Greek specialities.
"Everybody probably says we
have the best pizza in town,"
Leo's atmosphere includes
Greek music. Leo's specialities
range frorr $3.95 to $6.50.
Spagg's, 201 E. Main St. in
Carrboro, serves everything from
steaks to pasta. Spagg's romantic
atmosphere includes upper and
lower seating, a patio and bar.
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