Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Mediterranean restaurant opens in Raleigh's Glenwood South

By Jen Primrose | January 22, 2017
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The Mediterranean comes to Raleigh's Glenwood South with new restaurant, Vidrio, born from the creation of Raleigh restaurateur, Lou Moshakos, along side, George Bakatsias. Vidrio will celebrate its grand opening on Monday, Jan. 23, but we were fortunate enough to get an invite to sample the experience at its soft opening this past week. As soon as you open the doors you are welcomed to the vibrancy of the Mediterranean with its bright colors and energy.


We were seated along the wall of handmade glass bowls which is simply beautiful and breath taking. It took one and half years to make the bowls from an artist in Colorado. Vidrio is Spanish for "glass," I learned. The array of colors transcends from cool to warm and reminiscent of the ocean to the sunset.

There is dining on the first floor as well as event space on the second floor overlooking the downstairs. The upstairs bar/lounge, Fiera bar, has a cozy atmosphere with an indoor fireplace and 50 wines on tap! The first floor Library also provides another private, event space to accommodate up to 30 people.

Upstairs Private Event Space
Mezzanine overlooks the 1st floor dining

Fiera Bar - 2nd Floor


The menu consists of family-style, shareable small plates with flavors of the Mediterranean by the creation of Executive Chef Ian Sullivan and Chef de Cuisine, Saif Rahman. Food is prepared on a wood-fired grill and stone hearth oven. Our choices for the evening were:

Small Plates:  Hummus and Beef Tartare, which was phenomenal
From the Garden: Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Large Plate: Rotisserie Pork Shoulder

In addition to the cocktail menu, there will also be 50 wines by the glass on tap.

Be sure to check out Vidrio's web page for more information, hours and of course, to make your reservation for a dining experience you are sure to enjoy!