Among the week's best deals:
- Fiamma (2418 Park Road) today began offering a weekday Italian lunch buffet for $7.99 that contributes 10 percent of the food bill to the YWCA Central Carolinas. “Many of the people who eat at Fiamma are concerned about issues relating to women, families and children,” said owner Fernando Campoverde. “If they will come and enjoy Fiamma’s authentic Italian lunch buffet, they can feel good about helping those causes.” Money raised by Fiamma for the YWCA will go to three programs: Women in Transition, Families Together and Youth Learning Centers. Also available at Fiamma: A special $25 menu each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
- Monday through Thursday this week, Zebra (4521 Sharon Road) is offering a half-price deal on its entire, 900-bottle wine list. (Yes, you can combine this with the three-courses-for-$44 meal.) Examples include a 2006 Ben Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz for $76; a 2006 Cakebread Chardonnay for $48 and the owner's "make me an offer" for a '94 Screaming Eagle.
- Hotel Charlotte (705 S. Sharon Amity Road) offers weeknight specials that include slow-roasted prime rib each Monday for $1 per ounce, with a 6-ounce minimum. (Also offered, with prices that vary: ribs on Tuesdays, pasta on Wednesdays and meatloaf on Thursdays.) 704-364-8755.