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Revolution Restaurant Review: Revolution debuted just as Durham’s revitalized downtown district began to take off. Now that the neighboring Durham Performing Arts Center has opened, the sleekly designed eatery is the place to go before an event for a “small plate” or two. Or just skip the play altogether and settle in for dinner at your leisure. Chef Jim Anile’s unique style reflects his cooking experiences in Europe, Asia, and the American West Coast. The menu offers a selection of raw dishes such as a Kobe beef tartare and succulent cold-water oysters on the half shell. Small plates include shrimp and pork dumplings with a piquant chili garlic sauce; and “Mom’s Meatballs” with sautéed red peppers, feta cheese and cucumber yogurt. For a hearty main course, we suggest the house-made pappardelle topped with classic Bolognese sauce or the citrus-glazed duck breast served with cheese grits and apple slaw. For dessert, a simple sorbet made from local fruit is an ideal ending to a rich dinner, although it’s hard to resist the peanut butter mascarpone torte. The wine list offers some unusual bubbles and nice dessert wines, many well priced. For the big occasions, look to the Italian and French selections on the extensive and pricier “chef’s reserve” list. Keep an eye out for Revolution’s occasional wine or beer dinners.