Tre Nonne: Local Taste of Italy…
By Sarah K Wilson
Nestled into a complex at 177 Jonestown Road stands Italian restaurant, Tre Nonne, named for three grandmothers. This gem is family run, and got its start close to three years ago when owners Tony, Alice, and Debby Maresca decided that the Triad needed an authentic taste of Italy. The owners and head chef stay true to their roots in Naples by making everything fresh from scratch, just like their grandma’s used to.
As soon as you enter Tre Nonne, you are met with savory aromas you would expect to find at a family dinner in Italy. The smells of fresh baked bread and handmade pasta spill over the lowkey and relaxed dining room. Everyone is treated like family, and met with phenomenal service. The motto at Tre Nonne is simple. “You come as friends, and you leave as family.” The dining room walls are covered with pictures of the Maresca family and patrons who have become part of the extended family.
This philosophy extends further than the patrons within the restaurant, but also to the local community by dedicating proceeds from charity event wine dinners. They focus on anti-bullying, and autism awareness charities, as the Maresca family has a personal connection to each cause. The owners strive to make a positive difference in the world whether serving up amazing food, or raising proceeds for charitable causes.
The pasta, bread, dressings, desserts, and even the limoncello is made in house, with the help of head chef Carmine Looz who is also from Naples. Carmine has been cooking since he was a child, and works very closely with the Maresca’s to design the seasonally changing menu, and four course wine dinners. Tony Maresca beams when he talks of Carmine. “He takes our family recipes, which have been handed down through the generations and updates them, puts his own touches in and makes them even better!”
Tre Nonne has created quite a buzz around the Triad, and has won awards despite being open less than three years. Since opening, the restaurant has been featured on the local news, and in various local publications. Only In Your State rated Tre Nonne as the second best small restaurant in North Carolina, and Open Table recently gifted the restaurant with the Diners Choice Award.
Tre Nonne caters special events, and holds wine tastings as well as wine dinners outside of the charity events. A typical wine dinner is held around the third or fourth Monday of each month, and consists of five wines thoughtfully paired to compliment all four courses while a speaker guides you throughout the tasting. All wines paired are also offered for sale at the end of the dinner, making it easy convenient and to discover a multitude of new wines in a fun and interactive environment.
One thing they are known for is their classic tomato gravy, and this isn’t typical Southern brown or sausage gravy. It’s a gift from their family to yours, and only available on the Sundays. Chef Carmine slow cooks the tomato-based gravy 8 hours before reaching its peak of perfection. Italian sausage and meatballs practically fall apart on your plate and the symphony of flavors will have you cleaning your plate and asking for more.
The restaurant isn’t only focused on food, customers, community, and desserts. Tre Nonne is also famous for the homemade limoncello. It takes a month for each batch of limoncello to be made with a top secret recipe belonging to the family, making it a true labor of love. They won’t share the
recipe, but they have no problem in sharing their limoncello with the Triad.
Keep in touch with the current specials by visiting their website and FaceBook pages. To top it all off, Tre Nonne also offers a generous Family & Friend’s Rewards program.
The restaurant accepts reservations via opentable.com as well as by phone at (336)-842-3493. If you haven’t yet experienced Old World hospitality and excellent meals with pleasant Co, become part of the family at Tre Nonne. Enjoy!