North Italia, The Cheesecake Factory-owned pizza and pasta chain, opens November 13 at South End’s Railyard

North Italia, The Cheesecake Factory-owned pizza and pasta chain, opens November 13 at South End’s Railyard
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North Italia, an Italian chain with about 20 locations across the United States, will open Nov. 13 in South End’s Railyard development.

It’s the first North Carolina location for the brand from the same Phoenix-based restaurant group that created Flower Child. The Cheesecake Factory acquired both concepts earlier this year.

North Italia at the Railyard

Location: It’s on the ground floor of the Railyard in a 6,000-square-foot space at the corner of Tryon and Bland. The exact address is 1414 S. Tryon St.

Hours: North Italia is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner Sun-Thu 4-10 p.m. and Fri-Sat 4-11 p.m., and brunch Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Small plates: Small plates priced $8-$14 include Italian meatballs, burrata, beef carpaccio, black Mediterranean mussels, zucca chips, prosciutto bruschetta, grilled cauliflower, crispy calamari, arancini, and grilled bread with olive oil.

Pizzas: Five signature pizzas priced $14-$17 plus a rotating daily chef’s choice. The Prosciutto ($16) with mission fig, goat cheese, arugula is like everything you love about a charcuterie board served as a pizza.

Pastas: Fresh pasta dishes priced $18-$20 are available with traditional pasta, gluten-free pasta or vegetable noodles. Options include spaghetti and meatballs, burrata tortelloni, strozzapreti, squid ink mafaldine, chicken pesto, bolognese (house specialty) and short rib radiatori.

Entrees: Dinner entrees are priced $20-$38 and include Wagyu skirt steak, grilled branzino, diver scallops, chicken parmesan, braised short rib, rosemary chicken, roasted salmon and filet of beef.

Brunch: Weekend brunch features much of the main menu along with breakfast items like crispy cinnamon French toast ($13), short rib hash ($14), bacon and egg pizza ($15), and an egg sandwich ($13) with rosemary ham, fontina cheese, and bacon on grilled brioche.

Booze: North Italia features Prosecco, sangria and a dozen speciality cocktails including their Apricot Limonata with Smirnoff Vodka, apricot liqueur, and smashed lemon which can be ordered in a pitcher ($36) for the table.

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“Number of times pasta was a good idea.”

Patio seating

Margherita pizza ($14) with fresh basil, olive oil and red sauce

House Specialty: Bolognese ($19) with traditional meat sauce, tagliatelle noodles and grana padano cheese

Seasonal vegetable salad with butternut squash, brussels sprout, cauliflower, kale, radicchio, pecorino, farro, pistachio, date, white balsamic vinaigrette

Mozzafiato ($13) with Ketel One vodka, cucumber, lime, Chareau, and green chartreuse

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