Charlotte’s roster of Italian eateries continues to expand, proving the city’s robust appetite for pizza and pasta isn’t going anywhere. Fortunately, we’ve got a range of options, from white tablecloth ristorantes to more casual osterias. Enjoy scratch-made tagliatelle the way you’d eat it in Bologna or order meatballs and breadsticks at a counter....

Dean’s Italian Steakhouse, the new restaurant inside the just-opened JW Marriott hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, is perfectly suited for these times. The trajectory of Italian cuisine in the United States reflects a need for delicious comfort food, especially for fresh pasta dishes. Meanwhile, in the country’s second-largest financial center, w...

The Jimmy features a menu inspired by the Mediterranean coast— "Italian fare meets French flair” is its motto. While you could say that this is the latest Southern restaurant from Jim Noble, you’d be talking about a very different type of South. At many of Noble’s acclaimed North Carolina restaurants, mostly in Charlotte, dishes like fried chicken,...

In August 2021, Uptown Charlotte will welcome a sleek 22-story tower to its skyline – home to the new JW Marriott Charlotte. Situated on the corner of College and Stonewall Streets, the hotel will also bring three unique restaurant concepts to the Uptown dining scene. One of such concepts especially stands out: Dean’s Italian Steakhouse. Dean’s is...

It was without much fanfare that Sal’s Pizza Factory opened its doors on Monroe Road in the Echo Hills neighborhood of southeast Charlotte in 2018, but in the three years since, it has slowly built a cult following, earning rave reviews for its wide assortment of pizzas ranging from staples like cheese or Margherita to more eccentric toppings like...

In Italian recipes, q.b. is shorthand for “quanto basta,” or as much as needed. When she wanted to start an Italian kitchenware e-commerce company, Sarah Ubertaccio took inspiration from the phrase, applying it to the idea that home cooks should update their kitchen whenever something needs to be replaced. Ubertaccio launched q.b. Cucina, her e-com...

A not-so-funny thing happened to chef Paul Verica when he took his final research trip to Italy before opening his first Italian restaurant last year. Traveling through Genoa with his partner and fiancée, Jane Tramontana M.D., with plans to head north to Milan, news of the pandemic’s spread in Italy became grimmer and grimmer. Tramontana, a pulmona...

The Honorary Consulate has resumed limited services. We have added a number of passport appointment slots for March through July. Please note that these slots are strictly for Italian citizens living in North Carolina who have an expired passport, or whose passport will expire within 60 days of the appointment date.Strict COVID-19 guidelines are in...

Since moving to Charlotte from Chicago, it seemed like I forgot how to speak Italian, as in food. While it was my regular go-to in Chi-town, I have ignored one of my favorite cuisines since moving to the Queen City.  Shortly after landing here, an acquaintance recommended Mama Ricotta’s as a spot I had to try. I still haven’t made it there, but I d...

Luca Annunziata, Executive Chef of forchetta, participated in, and won an episode of Food Network’s Chopped which aired on June 30, 2020 at 9:00pm. Chopped is a Reality Television Chef’s Competition. In this show, four chefs compete against each other in creating a three-course meal including one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert. Chefs must on...