Lunch on the patio - Nino's Cucina Italiana

In the spring, lunch just begs to be eaten outside. Sure, you could pack a sandwich and head over to the Town Common for a picnic. Or you can dine at a Greenville restaurant with a patio.This week's Lunch on the Patio choice is Nino's Cucina Italiana in Greenville

Making a lunch stop at Nino's is a quick culinary trip to Italy via New York.

The food served by the third generation of the Passalacqua family of restaurateurs has its roots in the Sicilian cuisine of Palermo, Italy, tempered by namesake Nino's restaurant experience after he moved his young family to New York.

Nino's is the most formal of their Marabella family of restaurants in eastern North Carolina. It's been open for dinner since last falll but recently began serving lunch.

When Bill and I stopped by on a sunny weekday, we were greeted by the restaurant's owners, brothers Salvatore and Pietro Passalacqua and their brother-in-law Massimo Mannino. Sal offered to send over a sample of the lunch menu to our table on the patio, so we put our tastebuds in his hands.

The patio is front-and-center at Nino's, and it's handicap accessible. We chose a table under the pergola surrounded by potted plants and trees and settled in for a three-course lunch that we won't soon forget.

The soundtrack of swinging Big Band vocalists added to the ambience.

Nino's Cucina Italiana

511 Red Banks Road, Greenville, NC


Lunch served from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. daily