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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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