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  • miswiggie Jan 16, 5:26 p.m.

    NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They had my favorite red sauce! It was in a bit of a shady area but maaann that food was so good!

  • proudsoutherner Jan 11, 2:17 p.m.

    sad to see them go no matter what the reason....

  • signify6644 Jan 10, 4:48 p.m.

    Get used to business closing as ObamaCare and The Obama Economy take hold.

  • erinaaronsbaby Jan 8, 12:49 p.m.

    I used to love that place and went all the time. Once Carlo left I stopped going as it went downhill fast. Now that Carlo has opened his own place I go there instead. Casa San Carlo 9660 Falls of Neuse Road #145, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Cenzo

    I'm with you, Cenzo.

  • bombayrunner Jan 8, 12:08 p.m.

    recall it was the only place to get a good slice coming from NY in 1994 when they were over on creedmore. could sit the and sip a brew and watch the kids fight and scream at each other making pizza. halarious! but they pumped out some good food.

  • Damien Thorne Jan 8, 10:03 a.m.

    "I drive past mini-city almost daily. I use the cash points a lot. Im white. Ive never had an issue. Not once. You people are paranoid. - vinylcarwraps23"

    My step mother was robbed trying to go into that food lion two years ago. Broad daylight, 2pm in the afternoon. Call anything you want paranoid, but speaking from experience trumps your guesses. To people like you if you do not see it it does not exist.

  • admyank Jan 8, 9:31 a.m.

    Not economy - DIVORCE. They have to sell the assets and split them. He did open a new one over in the middle of Raleigh on Falls.

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 7, 6:11 p.m.

    I drive past mini-city almost daily. I use the cash points a lot. Im white. Ive never had an issue. Not once. You people are paranoid. - vinylcarwraps23

    Exactly, plus most crime occurs at night and not in the middle of the day in a shopping center that is literally right on Capital Boulevard. It'sOne of the BUSIEST roads in Wake county. If people are worried about that during the day than it doesn't take much to scare you period. I've never experienced a problem in that area if I am there during the day. I'm usually at home relaxing at night.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 7, 3:49 p.m.

    "the comments about the "saftey" of the area are irrelevant if there is a sheriff's notice on the door. You no pay, you no stay.
    jegupton"

    People quit going to Casalinga because of the area going downhill and becoming unsafe. Therefore they no longer had customers paying them so they had no money to pay the rent, taxes, and salaries.

    It's all about the area.

    Location, location, location.

  • abaugh Jan 7, 3:15 p.m.

    Awww. Food was great there.

  • luxurytravel Jan 7, 3:11 p.m.

    The chef that opened Casa San Carlo needs to step up his game or he will end up just like Casalinga.

  • map1agmachining Jan 7, 2:39 p.m.

    BBQ lodge is fine. They do the Labor Day picnic for the nieghborhood I live in.Been going there since "97".

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 7, 2:37 p.m.

    Economy.

  • taylor27549 Jan 7, 2:29 p.m.

    In august of 2012 you can clearly see that with the NC Secretary of State that she knew she was closing because she didn't file report!

  • wakemom Jan 7, 2:17 p.m.

    so those stating safety reason why they closed, have they been burgularized plent of times in last hmm 5 years? obviously they were safe enough to have stayed in the same area for 18 years. and dont dare say they cant just up and move bc that is the solution for everything on this site smh

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 7, 2:16 p.m.

    Nicensmooth, no sense in deliberately putting yourself in a position to let others do you harm, maybe you dont know the difference between smart and paranoid.

    lol.. well you can keep your smart paranoid self at home... I will continue to enjoy BBQ Lodge and Lee's Kitchen

  • yoowho Jan 7, 2:16 p.m.

    so sorry to hear that

  • map1agmachining Jan 7, 2:15 p.m.

    The pizza was really good years ago.Not that chain garbage some enjoy. You could acutally pick it up and fold it.
    The area has been going downhill a decade ago. Should change area name from mini-city to mini-dump!

  • whatelseisnew Jan 7, 2:13 p.m.

    Anyone that thinks MiniCity is safe is just not paying attention.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 7, 2:07 p.m.

    If you don't watch the news stories about what happens behind this shopping center then enjoy your obliviousness.

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Jan 7, 2:01 p.m.

    chef Carlos DID open different restaurant about a yr ago, San Carlo, in Falls Pointe, great location. and yes, his leaving Mini City location / Casalinga, was the death knell for that restaurant. New place is ok, I'm still not a huge fan. I think the chef has gotten lazy because his diners are easily pleased.

  • Minarchist Jan 7, 1:54 p.m.

    I drive past mini-city almost daily. I use the cash points a lot. Im white. Ive never had an issue. Not once. You people are paranoid.

  • jegupton Jan 7, 1:40 p.m.

    the comments about the "saftey" of the area are irrelevant if there is a sheriff's notice on the door. You no pay, you no stay.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 7, 1:30 p.m.

    Customers vote with their feet. Not their need for handouts. If a new locations opens I'll be there.

  • jennmartin82 Jan 7, 1:28 p.m.

    This is a shame. This was one of the best Italian restaurants in Raleigh!

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Jan 7, 1:26 p.m.

    I tried them 2x in old location and once in new, mostly bec of tv ads, but food disappointing (no fresh made pasta AT ALL), sauce predictable. but the restaurant failed bec of micromanagement by manic chef/owner popping into restaurant over riding staff, making dining feel frantic. And high prices.

  • mm13 Jan 7, 1:22 p.m.

    hollylama-- did you see the sign on the door? Wake County Sheriff Office closed them--- they do that for 2 reasons--- didn't pay taxes, didn't pay rent... they were evicted..

    How is the facts.... speculation?

  • shortcake53 Jan 7, 1:22 p.m.

    Nicensmooth, no sense in deliberately putting yourself in a position to let others do you harm, maybe you dont know the difference between smart and paranoid.

  • southerntalent Jan 7, 1:20 p.m.

    Carlo and Josephene knew everyones name and had a great business model as well as great food. I know alot of people stopped going there due to the area and the people hanging out,I atre lunch there ,but owuld not go to that shopping center in the evenings either.Same with Royal India,great lunch buffet but won't eat there at night.Too bad the city can't help and clean up these areas on capital blvd where the not good element seems to be.

  • FE Jan 7, 1:06 p.m.

    Many of the issues here could well be related to the old real estate mantra "Location Location Location."

    Over the years I have patronized many of the restaurants and merchants in the Mini City area.

    However, now I choose not to do so primarily because of what I perceive as safety issues for me and my family. No, I am not "paranoid" but definitely observant of the turn for the worse that area of Raleigh has taken in recent years.

    FE

  • The Return of Roy Jan 7, 1:00 p.m.

    hollylama - it's not speculation if it's true.

  • mep Jan 7, 12:53 p.m.

    Great place to eat.... had my wedding rehearsal dinner there... 10 years ago. Not a good neighborhood.......

  • carlostheass Jan 7, 12:51 p.m.

    "All the goverment subsidized housing that is now in the area has just ruined what used to be a nice area of Raleigh." --dbop90

    Sadly, the larger part of this city has fallen from its hey day in the late 1990s. There really aren't very many areas left that were as nice as most of Raleigh was then. It's just part of the life cycle of a city, alas. I liked Casalinga but I never go to the Mini City area for any reason...certainly not to eat.

  • tarheelfan41 Jan 7, 12:47 p.m.

    Anoher business bites the dust, yet people want business to pay more taxes. Its not easy folks, its not easy...

  • hollylama Jan 7, 12:46 p.m.

    Speculation 1: "Divorce played a role in its demise, declined of quality."
    Speculation 2: "Seems like they didn't pay taxes/rent- so they knew they were going to be shut down at some point"
    Speculation 3: "Capital Blvd. beltline to Wake Forest Rd. to Spring Forest and north east. One of Raleigh's growing area's of mean and evilness."
    "Speculation" 4: "We would decide to go there or BBQ Lodge some evenings, then pull into the parking lot and see who was hanging out, in big groups, watching all the cars pull in like they were scoping them out, and making us feel like prey."
    Speculation 5: "Sad but they needed to move 6+ years ago. The neighborhood was not good."

    As we progress in society it means that speculation is much easier than other forms of cognitive processing.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jan 7, 12:19 p.m.

    Sad but they needed to move 6+ years ago. The neighborhood was not good.

  • NiceNSmooth Jan 7, 12:16 p.m.

    en pull into the parking lot and see who was hanging out, in big groups, watching all the cars pull in like they were scoping them out, and making us feel like prey.

    lol...either parinoid much or really? Everybody wants you?

  • Firegal Jan 7, 12:07 p.m.

    Agreed Cenzo!

  • dbop90 Jan 7, 11:33 a.m.

    Casalinga was always my favorite place for Italian in Raleigh. Although there are certainly other factors that played into its closing, I'm sure the location had to play a big role too. All the goverment subsidized housing that is now in the area has just ruined what used to be a nice area of Raleigh. I hope they open in a new location.

  • shortcake53 Jan 7, 11:17 a.m.

    We would decide to go there or BBQ Lodge some evenings, then pull into the parking lot and see who was hanging out, in big groups, watching all the cars pull in like they were scoping them out, and making us feel like prey. We kept on driving.

  • Cenzo Jan 7, 11:15 a.m.

    I used to love that place and went all the time. Once Carlo left I stopped going as it went downhill fast. Now that Carlo has opened his own place I go there instead. Casa San Carlo 9660 Falls of Neuse Road #145, Raleigh, NC 27615

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 7, 10:59 a.m.

    One of my favorites and I'm sorry to see it go. I'm still partial to Frank's Pizza in the Longview Shopping Center, still my number 1 choice in Raleigh for Italian food. Just because people don't LOOK like you doesn't mean you avoid the area and NOT eat.

  • uragoner2 Jan 7, 10:44 a.m.

    Best Pizza in North Raleigh for sure. Sad to see it go. Healing and better times to the owners and those that worked there.

  • Fun Jan 7, 10:35 a.m.

    Capital Blvd. beltline to Wake Forest Rd. to Spring Forest and north east. One of Raleigh's growing area's of mean and evilness. Metal detectors and wands at T.J.Friday's-

  • mm13 Jan 7, 10:29 a.m.

    Seems like they didn't pay taxes/rent- so they knew they were going to be shut down at some point.. but ti continue selling the gift cards really upsets me now..

  • NCSU84 Jan 7, 10:29 a.m.

    yeah, the mini city area on Capital Blvd has taken a turn for the worse over the past 5-10 years.

  • They call me CATMAN Jan 7, 10:27 a.m.

    Ate there a few times food was good service was OK. Last time I went the service and food the quality of the food and service took a nose dive. And Mini City at lunch is a pain in the neck.
    Best of luck to the owners.

  • philburn0303 Jan 7, 10:20 a.m.

    Very sad, Casalinga was a great restaurant. Best of luck in their new endeavors!

  • Hapicampr Jan 7, 10:14 a.m.

    Check out San Carlo Italian Bistro at Falls Pointe shopping center on Falls of Neuse. That's where the talent went.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 7, 10:10 a.m.

    This use to be one of my favorite restaurants, but the last time I went, service was bad and the food was average. Cafe Tiramasu is now my favorite in N Raleigh.

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