Chapel Hill: Carolina Crossroads Restaurant And Bar At The Carolina Inn
The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant is a rare Southern jewel. Nestled in the historic Carolina Inn adjacent to the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, Crossroads joins the graceful traditions of the South with progressive new American cuisine to create one of the state’s finest dining experiences.
With an inviting, cozy atmosphere and Mobil Four Star service, guests can enjoy a relaxing moment without sacrificing quality. Begin with drinks in the bar, complete with leather chairs and a fireplace, and then move into the charming dining room for dinner and dessert exquisitely prepared by our executive chef and his staff. Menus change seasonally to emphasize the local and regional trends and to incorporate the freshest ingredients.
Chef Reale was born in New York but grew up in Fayetteville as part of a large Italian family. He was brought up “in the business” by working at his uncle’s wine company as a youth. His childhood greatly influenced his culinary “personality” and he recalls fondly frequent family gatherings and large festive occasions. Entertaining and cooking were all part of growing up in the Reale family.
Strong Mediterranean and Italian influences show thru today in Reale’s cooking. He received his formal culinary education from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC. His careful, artful pairing of these personal influences with traditional southern elements produces a very unique dining experience. He feels very strongly about the use of local organic and sustainable products and works very hard to strengthen the Carolina Inn’s relationship with local farmers. Chef Reale participated as a guest chef for the “Farm to Fork” event featuring Carlo Petrini – the founder of Slow Food International.
Chef Reale was part of The Carolina Inn team that was twice invited to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. He has also participated and led numerous cooking classes and demonstrations. When not cooking, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, bass fishing and, of course, Tar Heel Basketball.
Carolina Crossroads Restaurant & Bar
211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC
Monday-Sunday, 6:30-11am; 11am-2pm; 5:30-10pm
By Martin Armes
By Martin Armes
added: December 15, 2008
updated: December 24, 2008