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 $45


  • Farm lettuce, radish, charred green beans, ricotta salata, red wine vinaigrette
  • Arancini, smoked mozzarella, stracchino, parmigiano, tomato sauce
  • Crispy Calamari, roasted tomato aioli


  • Casarecce alla Gricia, guanciale, pecorino
  • Cacio e Pepe
  • Rigatoni alla Norma


  • Grilled trout, farro salad, pesto rosso
  • Chicken en agrodolce, olives, capers, polenta
  • Roast pork loin, aged balsamic, summer squash, friggione