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stevenpol Dec 4, 2010 02:37 PM

looking for some great italian food in charlotte

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    jla1960 RE: stevenpol Dec 4, 2010 02:56 PM

    I love Coco Osteria, Uptown.

    Coco Osteria
    214 N Tryon St Ste 2, Charlotte, NC 28202

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      GodfatherofLunch RE: jla1960 Dec 5, 2010 10:45 AM

      I agree, Coco is very good as is their sister restaurant Luce. My favorite Italian restaurant in Charlotte is Fiamma Restaurant.http://www.fiamma-restaurant.com/

      2418 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203

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        sunflowerpj RE: GodfatherofLunch Jan 1, 2011 02:33 PM

        I love their other restaurant Toscana. A fantastic special evening place or just lunch.

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      Nocturnalbill RE: stevenpol Dec 4, 2010 03:55 PM

      I like Mama Ricotta's and have had fairly decent experiences there. Nothing truly experimental, but quite nice renditions of the American-Italian standards.

      Mama Ricotta's Restaurant
      601 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204

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        jp328x RE: Nocturnalbill Dec 30, 2010 04:20 PM

        A lot of people recommended Mama Ricotta's to me when I asked for Italian recommendations. When I went, my wife loved it and I thought it was mediocre. She had the eggplant rollatini and I had the Mama's pasta. Overall I guess it was fine, but definitely overhyped by the locals.

        Mama Ricotta's Restaurant
        601 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204

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          Nocturnalbill RE: jp328x Dec 31, 2010 03:30 PM

          I think you kinda have to take it with a grain of salt. Yes, typical American red sauce place. Not spectacular. But in Scots-Irish, non-Italian, BBQ country, the land of Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill, anyplace that is even semi-decent will get that review. We hype it because it isn't a chain. And this is sounding grouchier than I meant it, but was certainly half agreement, half explanation to your response.

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            lynnlato RE: Nocturnalbill Jan 2, 2011 06:51 AM

            Well said, Nocturnalbill. I've been in the area for 15 yrs and learned early on to avoid red sauce Italian joints down here. No insult intended, but coming from PA I just didn't find what I was used to "back home". Just as I wouldn't go up to PA and visit a bbq place and expect to find deliciously smoke whole hog cue with perfectly fried hushpuppies and vinegary slaw.

            Charlotte has a few high end or specialty Italian restaurants like Fiamma that have great food though.

            2418 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203

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              Nocturnalbill RE: lynnlato Jan 2, 2011 03:42 PM

              Hey, I'm 7 generations in NC, and trust me, if I want biscuits, fried chicken (non-Korean), pulled pork, or (oddly enough) Vietnamese food, I'll stay home. Italian, maybe not so much.

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                Nocturnalbill RE: lynnlato Jan 2, 2011 03:43 PM

                Stay at home to be read as in-state.

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          jnwall RE: stevenpol Dec 5, 2010 04:38 PM

          One word -- Dolce.



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            sunflowerpj RE: stevenpol Jan 1, 2011 02:36 PM

            No one has mentioned Portofino's on Park Rd. It's tucked in the shopping center with the HTetter near the Selwyn Road stop light. Great food, great prices, relaxed atmosphere, always crowded.

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              GodfatherofLunch RE: sunflowerpj Jan 2, 2011 04:07 PM

              They have several locations and I sometimes will go to one for red sauce italian. It is not bad but if you come from up north Portofino's on their best day is not even close to the most average pizza place with a dining room up north. Why? better ingredients? larger Italian population? I'm not really sure but it is sadly true IMHO.

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              BDM1 RE: stevenpol Jan 2, 2011 05:50 PM

              If you can venture out of Charlotte proper, there are a few places worth visiting:

              Caruso's in Morresville is very good - Neopolitan owner by way of NJ

              Gianni's in downtown Concord - it's sometimes "Concord" service but the food is right on the mark. Best to go with a group and eat family style.

              New place opening in Davidson in the next month or so. Will keep you posted. If you were a fan of Firenze on Rea Rd you will enjoy this place!

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                lynnlato RE: BDM1 Jan 3, 2011 02:29 AM

                Funny you mention Firenze. I think it was about a year ago we had a bad snow storm and we had plans to meet friends for dinner. We headed out and the snowy roads were worse than we anticipated and so I suggested we just go to Firenze since it was close to home and we hadn't been since the switch from Campania. We went and we surprised by the decor changes and I remembered you were impressed with the new menu and as I looked it over I was underwhelmed. We ate, left and vowed not to return. As we pulled out of our parking space we looked at the lighted sign and it read "Rudy's Italian Restaurant & Bar". Ha! We never noticed that Firenze was no more.

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