Partners Matt Kelly and Josh “Skinny” DeCarolis are proud to offer Mothers & Sons, a trattoria in downtown Durham featuring regional Italian food with seasonal sensibility. DeCarolis introduces the first restaurant in the South to focus on fatta a mano—handmade pasta. The name, Mother & Sons, is derived from the closeness DeCarolis experienced amongst Italian families such as his own–especially between mothers and sons-often centered around cooking traditions and the dinner table. We look forward to welcoming you to our table.

Choose 1 of each course

Dinner $35


  • Farm lettuce, charred green beans, radish, ricotta salata, red wine vinaigrette
  • Romaine, creamy Parmesan dressing, ciabatta croutons
  • Arancini, smoked mozzarella, stracchino, arrabbiata sauce


  • Bambolotti cacio pepe
  • Spaghetti alla bolognese
  • Linguini al olio, anchovy cauliflower, raisins, breadcrumbs


  • Charred seasonal vegetables, orange flint polenta, balsamico vecchio
  • Wood grilled trout, pink eye pea salad, salsa verde
  • Pork Milanese, oil poached potatoes, arugula, pickled fresnoes, lemon