Parizade, a Mediterranean restaurant in Durham, hosts regular culturally-influenced wine nights. Each night’s theme includes a region or country and the restaurant pivots on all fronts to pull the evening off. Croatia will be the next nation to have its wine, food and culture featured.
Parizade was founded almost thirty years ago by Giorgios Bakatsias, a restauranteur acclaimed internationally and in the Triangle. His restaurant group also owns City Kitchen and Kipos in Chapel Hill. It’s led by Executive Chef Jason Lawless and general manager Igor Macina. Macina himself is from Croatia, along with several of Parizade’s other staff.
“Every Thursday or Wednesday of the month we have a wine dinner, different countries,” Macina said. “So many times already Spain, France, Greece and South Africa – this or that. So, this time we like to have a time to have a Croatian wine dinner because we have a Croatian wine on the menu.”
Macina said that Parizade put Durham on the foodie map.
“We’ve been a staple in Durham for almost thirty years now,” Lawless said. “We’ve kind of put a new spin on the restaurant the last couple of years especially with the wine dinners and some new décor and some plate ware and things like that. We’re trying to be a little more modern than we used to be.”