What was once the location of Fleet Street in Carr Mill Mall is now home to Venable Rotisserie Bistro. Venable has been there since 2012, serving up locally-sourced “elevated comfort food.”

It’s a spacious spot, the large interior making it seem almost exquisitely Spartan. The old mill exterior appearance and interior remnants give Venable a certain je ne sais quoi that feels right at home in Carrboro. If you are seated next to the floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll get to enjoy people-watching during your meal, thanks to foot traffic along Weaver Street. The everyday menu is full of bistro-style snacks, such as calamari and bruschetta, as well as sandwiches ranging from banh mis to burgers. If it’s dinner you’re after, you’ll find pad thai, spaghetti and, of course, rotisserie chicken. It’s a diverse menu with something for everyone, even the kids! Even with such an extensive menu and excellent seating arrangments, the draw of the stately marble-topped bar is undeniable.

Venable features a wonderful selection of prosecco, a crisp and effervescent Italian sparkling wine with a flavor profile that ranges from green apple and pear to honeydew, melon and cream. The fruitiness of prosecco makes for a good brunch accompaniment, but also lends itself to being paired with small plates and antipasto, especially cured meats and cheese boards.

Prosecco is not to be confused with its close cousin, champagne. Where champagne is named for the specific French region in which the grapes are grown, prosecco is named for the Italian grapes that go into making it. Of course, there’s different varieties of sparkling wine – such as cava, Spanish sparkling wine. Each region, each grape, and each bottle has its own characteristics.

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