News & Press: 2005


10.1.05 // Best Organic Restaurants in America

The October issue of Organic Style Magazine has named Zely & Ritz as one of the 20 Best Organic Restaurants in America. To read the article on line click here.

9.3.05 // Zely & Ritz Wins Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence”

It is an incredible honor to win this award but it is even more amazing for a restaurant that has only been open a few months to win such an award. Please join me in congratulating Nancy for such an incredible achievement by joining us for one of our monthly wine dinners or just taking an extra good look at the wine list that Wine Spectator not only said was excellent but also inexpensive. Anyone can build a great list by filling it with expensive, well known brands, but at Zely & Ritz we like to find special, small vintage,… read more

3.20.05 // Zely & Ritz featured in News & Observer

The News and Observer Lifestyles section that chronicles a full day in Chef Sarig’s life at the restaurant on March 20, 2005. It’s a fascinating story about an amazing chef with beautiful pictures of Sarig in action. This article originally appeared in the News & Observer on March 20, 2005 A long journey to dinner Author: Susan Houston; Staff Writer Location, location, location. Chef Sarig Agasi learned the wisdom of the real estate broker’s mantra the hard way when he tried, and eventually failed, to bring a little taste of New York to North Raleigh with a restaurant called Butterflies.… read more

3.4.05 // Zely & Ritz reviewed by Greg Cox

This article originally appeared in the News & Observer on March 4, 2005 Raising the bar for tapas bars Author: Greg Cox; Correspondent RALEIGH–Sarig Agasi never ceases to amaze me. Back in 1999, when he opened Butterflies in North Raleigh, the young chef practically dared me to ignore my self-imposed rule allowing a new restaurant a 30-day grace period before paying a first visit. Other restaurants may need time to iron out the wrinkles, Agasi told me in a phone conversation I remember vividly, but Butterflies was ready for me the day it opened. I took Agasi up on his… read more
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