Regional Italian Cooking:
Thoughtfully prepared. Simply served. Deeply connected.
It’s a moment around the table, a shared laugh with wine, a fond memory forged over exquisite flavors. At Il Palio, we celebrate the great tradition of Italian hospitality, from the warmth of the service to the quality of our cooking. Our vision is simple: use the best local and Italian ingredients, prepare simply and serve generously. We cook as an Italian might in North Carolina.
Consistently awarded Four Diamonds by AAA, Il Palio marries the traditional flavors of Italy with a casual elegance that showcases the culinary roots of rustic Italian cooking. At Il Palio you will find regional classics paired with Chef Teddy Diggs’ vision of Italian cooking. We serve deliciously simple food that, hopefully, tastes as good as you remember from your last visit to Italy.
As in Italian culture, we take effort to shorten the time and distance between the ingredient’s source and the plate. We strongly believe in the rich freshness of seasonal ingredients proudly purchased from local farmers and friends. We import pasta from Naples, Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, Prosciutto di Parma, extra virgin olive oil and truffles only because their distinct flavors make them virtually indispensable to the creation of a great Italian meal. We craft our own pasta and fresh bread daily, and our simple, straight-forward desserts unveil savory components drawn from Italian tradition. As a winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Il Palio features wine from Italy’s 20 regions and vintifications produced in every corner of the Italian Peninsula.
Celebrate every moment with us at Il Palio, from afternoon cocktails on the patio to an evening of rustic flavors and regional cooking with our staff. After all, there’s no better place to create memories than around the dinner table!