411 West has been a Franklin Street mainstay since 1990, and its prosciutto-wrapped grilled shrimp small plate has been around for nearly as long. Even after 25 years on the menu, “it’s one of my favorite dishes,” says Greg Overbeck, marketing director and co-owner of Chapel Hill Restaurant Group. Try it with a glass of Barbera d’Asti Carussin “Asinoi” recommends managing partner Tommy O’Connell – the smoky undertones of the red wine highlight the earthy quality of the prosciutto. It also goes well with the sweetness of the vinaigrette-tossed spinach underneath.
But even though there are a few favorites that have stood the test of time, 411 constantly shifts its offerings with the seasons. Tommy is especially excited for asparagus season. “Everyone talks about local strawberries,” he says, “but they are nothing compared to local asparagus.” Look forward to prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and a classic omelet at brunch made that much better by the flavorful veggie.
Barbera D’Asti by the glass, $8; wood grilled shrimp piccolo piatti, $10.