The Menagerie Hospital Group has announced the grand opening of Charlotte’s newest Italian restaurant, Figo 36. The doors open for guests on Thursday, August 16th. The new Italian restaurant is perched on 36th Street in Noda, alongside the Novel apartment complex and the CATS lights rail. Riders and residents can visit with ease! Fig36 visitors can...

The big picture: Mama Ricotta’s opened in August of 1992 and turns 30 next month. Its sister concept, Little Mama’s, opened in SouthPark in 2020 and has quickly become a Charlotte staple in its own right. Why it matters: Recent closures of popular local restaurants like Soul Gastrolounge and The Stanley tell a story of a city struggling to hold ont...

Piada Italian Street Food is making their Carolinas debut by celebrating the opening of its 45th location at 336B S Sharon Amity Road. The fast casual Italian restaurant will open its doors on Tuesday, July 26 at 10:45 a.m. and will be open Sunday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. This marks Piada’s first Southeastern location, with additiona...

Mama Ricotta’s celebrates 30 years in August, a century in restaurant years—and a milestone few others have reached in Charlotte. Since it opened on King’s Drive in 1992, the Italian restaurant has hosted birthdays, engagements, graduation dinners, and, for many expectant moms, the “last supper.” Mama Ricotta’s Penne Alla Vodka has earned the nickn...

Piada Italian Street Food is making their Carolinas debut by celebrating the opening of its 45th location at 336B S Sharon Amity Road. The fast casual Italian restaurant will open its doors on Thursday, July 7 at 10:45 a.m. and will be open Sunday through Saturday, 10:45 a.m. until 10 p.m. This marks Piada’s first Southeastern location, with additi...

Dear compatriots and friends of the Italian community in North Carolina, I am honored to assume the role of Honorary Consul of Italy in our state of North Carolina. I look forward to serving you and continuing the impressive work of my colleague Dr. Claudio Carpano, former HC, in supporting a thriving and dynamic Italian community in our state. For...

Fifteen months after their wedding in January 2006, Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown quit their jobs, put everything they owned into storage, and booked a flight to Europe for what turned into an eight-month backpacking trip. They tracked down members of Tonidandel’s extended family, who lived in small towns near the mountainous northern Italian vil...

You may have become familiar with Mano Bella Artisan Foods during its time at The City Kitch in University and finding its products at Charlotte farmers markets. And we told you it was going brick-and-mortar. Now, its storefront is finally open for all your Italian grocery needs. The specialty foods business is in a soft opening phase at The Market...

Cicchetti is back. The Venetian-style wine bar opened in October 2019 and served uptown customers in the Bank of America Corporate Center for about five months until COVID-19 hit Charlotte. Now, the sister space to Aria Tuscan Grill — pronounced chee-KEH-tee, if you’re wondering — has reopened with a new entryway and staircase connecting the spaces...

A new Italian restaurant from the team behind The Vintage and The Wine Loft will be moving into the former Orto space this summer. Menagerie Hospitality Group, which runs both of the South End spaces, will come into NoDa with a yet-unnamed concept that will serve modern interpretations of Italian classics. Dan Weiss, president and founder of Menage...