Friends arranging dinner out next week at Stagioni.
Anyone been yet?
I haven't been yet, but I do hope you'll report back. The menu looks fantastic! And it's Chef Bruce, he knows how to do things well. Enjoy!
I went on one of the first night that they opened just to check them out.
I ordered the Fettucini with Wild Boar Ragu.
I found it wildly boaring. Yes I know how to spell boring.
The house made pasta was not very good, it lacked that chew / mouth feel that I love about good pasta.
The ragu was just bleh imho. I was not pleased and I am in no rush to return.
I typically wait about 2 months or so before my first visit to a new restaurant. Going in on one of the first nights open is typically not a good idea and one should expect a less than perfect experience (I know, they should be prepared but there is no preparation like the real thing - opening to the public).
Moffett has a SOLID reputation as a great chef & restauranteur here in Charlotte (Barrington's, Good Food on Montford). So, while you may have been underwhelmed by your meal on their first night open, I wouldn't condemn the place as "boring". Let them work out the kinks and give them another shot, GFL.
I read that the exec. chef is Larry Schreiber. I'm not familiar with him, anyone know of him?
I am a big fan of fresh pasta. Fiamma for example has great fresh pasta it is light but has a wonderful "mouth feel"
You are 100% right about waiting a bit to let the new place work out any kinks. I will no doubt go back again in a while and give them another shot.
Part of my being critical is I am very traditional in my tastes. To me Veal Saltimbocca is served with a light sage sauce over a bed of sautéed escarole with a hard cooked egg on the side of the plate. Very Roman, very classic. Something else may be good maybe even very good but to me its not Veal Saltimbocca.
Man I sound like an old fart with a stick up his butt.
I can appreciate your love of traditional Italian. I, too, have a hard time dining out at "Italian" restaurants in Charlotte. I always feel like if I want Italian I'll go back home to the NE to get my fill. I suppose that's unfair of me and I have most certainly missed out on some great meals here in the QC.
I do give Moffett the benefit of the doubt and need to give Stagioni a try sometime soon.
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I went a few weeks ago and enjoyed everything I had, as did the company I was with.
The only thing I wouldn't order again were the dips. They were fine, but I didn't find them very exciting,
We shared the grilled octopus, which was one of the better versions of that dish I've had in Charlotte. We also shared a brussels sprout pizza. It was awesome. I would gladly go there just pick up a pizza,
My wife and I split the veal saltimbocca and the rigatoni. We both thought the rigatoni was cooked perfectly. The veal saltimbocca hit the spot for me, and the prosciutto wrapped around had the right amount of crispiness. It came over a very tasty creamy polenta.
We all shared roasted cauliflower, mushrooms, and spinach, The spinach was nothing special, but the cauliflower and mushrooms were amazing, I could have eaten those all night.
We enjoyed our dessert, but I can't remember what it was. Our waitress also recommended a great bottle of wine. We went through two pretty fast.
Fiamma has been my favorite Italian in Charlotte, but Stagioni came on strong for me. My Jersey-girl wife agreed, and she's very picky about her Italian.
Stagioni is a great addition to the CLT restaurant scene- I'm more into sitting at the bar, I really like they have bar seats in the back of the dining room, lining the open kitchen, first come, first serve. And love they have red and white Lambrusco by the glass, served in birdbath glasses. How civilized!!
Cheese board + charcuterie- good, they didn't offer any hard cheeses, which I thought was odd.
Grilled Octopus Pickled Onion. Olive Oil. Lemon.- good
Brussels Sprout Pizza
Pancetta. Parsnip Puree. Pecorino. My favorite item, it tasted like a butter sauce on the pizza, it was decadent.
Salted Caramel Gelato- doughnuts were good, underdone in the middle, which they offered to redo.
I loved the restaurant for it's atmosphere alone, one of the goofy things, they have the servers explain the menu, that is just a pet peeve of mine. I can't stand to hear a server tell a spiel (I smile, eye contact when they give me their dissertation, but I don't have to like it!!!) and unless the menu is in another language, I got this.
I went another day and tried Fettuccini Wild Boar Ragu, I loved that and I would order that again.