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Aperitivo Comes to Poole’side

What’s the best way to wind down from the week? A spritz, naturally. 

And we’re happy to oblige at Poole’side Pies with our Poole’side Aperitivo, starting this Friday from 4 to 5pm, and occuring every Friday for the rest of the month! 

Aperitivo is an Italian tradition, typically at the end of the work day, where you relax over a low-alcohol beverage (often a spritz or a beer) and enjoy some light snacks. All over Italy, right around the end of the work day, bartenders will set out platters of snacks for guests to enjoy with their beverages. It's a relaxing way to wind down the day or week.

We wanted to bring that tradition to Poole'side. Every Friday, we invite you to join us for  "Poole'side Aperitivo", a casual cocktail party with Aperol Spritzes, Peronis, and a variety of snacks (think deviled prosciutto toast and brown-butter potato chips with cacio e pepe mayo). Your ticket ($20) is all-inclusive of food and beverage. Please note that this event ends promptly at 5pm. Our regular food and beverage menu is not available during this event. We regret that we are not able to honor dietary restrictions for this event. 

We have a small amount of tickets per event, so be sure to snag a ticket for your first-choice Friday! Tickets are available here, and be sure to bring your whole crew. We hope to see y'all soon and share in some Raleigh-Italian hospitality together! 

The wait is over…POOLE’SIDE PIES IS OPEN!

Pooleside Pies © Lauren V. Allen

Poole’side Pies, our new pizza concept takes inspiration from the Neapolitan style of pizza: thin crust cooked in a high-temperature wood fire oven. Stay traditional with our margherita--made with mozzarella that we stretch in house, sauce from Bianco diNapoli tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and parm. Or venture into creations like our Five Cheese with chile garlic crunch oil, or our Eggplant Confit pie with ricotta and oil-cured olives. 

But it’s not all about the ‘za: balance things out with a salad, like the pickle juice caesar with iceberg lettuce, and parm cracklings; and finish your meal with something from our dessert menu, like soft serve ice cream with olive oil and flaky sea salt. Our beverage director Cappie Peete, has curated an all-encompassing, Italian-focused beverage menu with everything from refreshing spritzes to frozen drinks rounded out with an Italian-focused wine list. See the full menu here

Poole’side Pies is located in the building next to Poole’s Diner, at 428 S McDowell Street. We’ve transformed the building to resemble a bright, airy swim club, including details of a 50-foot skylight, custom-built wood banquettes, and glass globe chandeliers that were originally used as street lights in Paris. 

Poole’side is currently open for dinner only; lunch will follow soon. We offer walk-in seating only, and we have not yet started take-out, but will soon! 

We look forward to seeing you for some pizza soon! 

Meet a kitchen dedicated to empowering female chefs

Our new cookbook obsession features so many amazing recipes that we don’t even know where to start: with pupusas and curtido? Or with forbidden rice krispy treats? Maybe kuku sabzi, or jerk chicken? 

The cookbook we’re talking about is We Are La Cocina, and it documents the stories and recipes of the entrepreneur participants of the non-profit business incubator of the same name. 

And on September 17th, we’ll be celebrating the cookbook and the people behind La Cocina with a special event! Join us for a cocktail book party with snacks from the book; beer, wine, and cocktails; and a chance to meet the people behind this amazing program. 

La Cocina is dedicated to supporting talented, working-class food entrepreneurs, primarily immigrant women and women of color, in building successful food businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

La Cocina’s director, Caleb Zigas, and one of the entrepreneurs of the La Cocina program, will join Ashley Christensen in a panel conversation about the trials, challenges, and triumphs that women face in pursuit of financial freedom in the culinary world. The cookbook will be available  to purchase. 

Don’t miss this chance to get a sneak peek of this amazing cookbook, and hear about this incredible program. Tickets are limited, and available here.

Learn to cook with Ashley and 2 more James Beard winners

Here’s our version of a perfect Sunday: An Italian-inspired cooking demo hosted by three James Beard Award-winning chefs! Our very own Ashley Christensen alongside Tandy Wilson (of City House in Nashville, TN), and Sarah Grueneberg (of Monteverde in Chicago) are teaming up to show off their best tips and techniques. 

Each chef will take a turn demonstrating their dish in the test kitchen of Bridge Club, and afterwards, you will get your own sample of their creation. Their inspiration will be taken from Italian cuisine, because pasta and fresh mozzarella sound like a dream for breakfast, right?  We’ll be providing the essential brunch libations as well: coffee and brunch cocktails, in the form of a spritz!

This unique experience will take place on Sunday, August 25, from 11:00-12:30 at our events loft space, Bridge Club. Even better? The proceeds from this brunch will go to benefit Southern Foodways Alliance. There are limited spots for this intimate brunch experience, get your tickets here

July Fourth Holiday Hours

As you make your Independence Day plans, please keep in mind the holiday hours at our restaurants.

Beasley’s & Chuck’s will be open for regular business hours on July 4th.

Poole’s Diner will be closed on July 4th

Death & Taxes will be closed on July 4th

Fox Liquor Bar will be closed on July 4th

We will resume normal business hours at all of our restaurants on Friday, July 5th. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday! 

James Beard Award 2019Outstanding Chef James Beard Award 2014Best Chef: Southeast
2019 James Beard AwardOutstanding Chef 2014 James Beard AwardBest Chef: Southeast
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Beasley's Chicken + Honey,
Chuck's, Fox Liquor Bar

237 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 322-0127, 322-0126, 322-0128 Respectively

Bridge Club

105 W. Hargett St, Raleigh NC, 27601

Death & Taxes

105 W. Hargett St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[984] 242-0218

Poole's Diner

426 S. McDowell St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 832-4477

Poole'side Pies

428 S. McDowell St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 803 8660