Find Italy.. in Charlotte!

It's not always easy to get Mamma's home cooking over 5,000 miles away from my beloved Florence... Still, there are some great places where I like to enjoy Italian food, shop, or just hang out with some amici.


Dolce Ristorante Italiano
This is my friend Luisa and her husband Rudi's restaurant, a charming couple from Italy. A cozy and romantic atmosphere where I can have excellent regional specialties. You will feel right at home! 1710 KENILWORTH AVE. (Dilworth area) (704)332-7525

Mezzanotte Brick Oven Pizzeria
Local Italian restaurant owner, Augusto Conte has done it again! His newest addition in the Cotswold area offers great pastas and Italian thin-crust pizza. Also try his other restaurants: Luce, Coco Osteria, and the fabulous Toscana. 2907 Providence Rd - Charlotte, NC 28211 (Cotswold area). (704) 365-4650

Campania Italian Cafe & Trattoria
Campania is the region where owners Vincent & Nancy DiGiorgio's family is originally from. The Cafe' is open all day offering panini, fresh salads, homemade soups, pasta dishes, and daily specials. There is also a market selling specialty imported goods, olive oils, sauces, baked goods, and more. The trattoria serves dinner after 5pm featuring authentic pasta dishes and delicious entrees. 416 S. Main Street - Davidson, NC 28036. (704)987-5111

Mama Ricotta's
Owner Frank Scibelli, raised in the grand tradition of hearty family dinners, dreamed of owning a restaurant featuring Italian dishes he grew to love in his family’s kitchen. Nearly 15 years has passed since he made that dream a reality and in that time, Mama Ricotta’s has become the restaurant of choice for thousands of Italian food lovers. 601 South Kings Drive - Charlotte, NC 28204 (Midtown area). (704) 343.0148

Portofino Ristorante Italiano
The continuous search for the most original old Italian recipes and a tireless dedication to finding the finest ingredients as a tribute to the Italian heritage is Portofino's owners' mission. Four locations in the Charlotte area, for detailed information click here:

Ristorante Fiamma
A modern, contemporary atmosphere to enjoy both on a romantic weekend date or a casual one with friends. Owners worked at some of the finest NYC Italian restaurants. 2418 Park Rd Charlotte, NC (704) 333-4363

Brooklyn Pizza Parlor
Owners Lucia & Vincent Caminiti emphasise that they use only fresh produce and meats, nothing is frozen or canned. If you are from Brooklyn you will feel right at home.The dough is made several times daily along with the sauce. 7725 Colony Rd - Charlotte, NC 28226 (704) 542-5439

Passion 8 Bistro - Fort Mill
Jessica Annunziata is the owner of a small Italian bistro just about a half a mile into Fort Mill. Her husband Luca is the Chef and they offer a variety of dishes with a heavy Mediterranean influence. Pasta is made in house daily and they are getting a reputation for fresh locally grown organics. 3415 Hwy 51 - Fort Mill, SC 29715
Phone: (803) 802-7455

Villa Antonio (South Blvd & Ballantyne Village)
Traditional dishes from Southern Italy, when you crave those Italian classics this is where you come to. 4707 South Boulevard - Charlotte, NC 28217. Phone: 704-523-1594

Angela's Italian Restaurant
Pietro & Linda Iannuzzi recently opened a new restaurant in the Matthews area. Here you can feel as if you've been invited into Mamma's house (Pietro's mom's house) where authentic Italian family recipes are created fresh daily. Each dish focusing on Mamma's two main ingredients, presented in an upscale casual atmoshphere. All served with a complimentary side of tradition. 9705 Mintworth Ave - Charlotte, NC 28227 (Mint Hill/Matthews area) (704) 573.2737

Wine Bars & Coffee houses

Dolce Vita
Dolce Vita is a place where friends can enjoy a casual and fun adventure. A special place for people to explore great wines and beers in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere. This is not your average wine bar! 3205 N Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC (In the heart of NoDa) 704-334-1052

Carolina Wine Club - My friend Angelus has the strongest love for wine that I have ever witnessed in a person! She's a wonderful educator as well as organizer and her large following shows it.

The Wine Shop at Park Rd. - This beautiful wine shop in Dilworth boasts an extensive inventory of national and international labels, free wine tastings every Friday afternoon, and also offers private wine tastings on request!

Specialty Foods & Delis:

Pasta & Provisions - Charlotte
Owner Tommy George opened this neighborhood shop in 1992 for locals to find fine Italian wines, imported Italian groceries, fresh homemade sauces & arguably the BEST fresh pasta in town!
1528 Providence Road (Myers Park area) Charlotte, NC. Phone: (704) 364-2622

Ferrucci's Old Tyme Italian Market - Cornelius
Brooklyn natives, Tony Stafford and wife Maria Randise, established Ferrucci's in 1999. The store is filled with the aromas of pasta sauce, garlic, aged cheeses and salamis, and freshly baked crusty Italian breads.
Shops On The Green - 20910 Torrence Chapel Road - Cornelius, NC 28031 - Phone: (704) 896-3190

Capri Flavors
Costanzo and Titina Vuotto are the husband and wife proprietors of this importing company, dedicated to bringing authentic hard-to-find Italian foods and ingredients that are sure to bring back memories of the "old country."You can order online, request unique products, or go to the store up in Morrisville. 1012 Morrisville Parkway- Morrisville, NC 27560. Phone: 1-800-861-5440 or 919-462-9255

Italian Clubs and Other Italian-related Businesses - Richard Michelli is passionate about Italy! This is a fantastic website with useful links, Italian specialties, travel, cuisine, and so much information to connect you with BELLA ITALIA!

Belforno Wood-Fired Ovens - Add a new dimension to your entertaining with Belforno wood-fired ovens! Your oven kit arrives ready to assemble in your backyard, providing instant ambiance and a focal point to your gathering. Belforno ovens are made in the Italian tradition with only the finest refractory material. Use them to cook pizzas, breads, roasts, vegetables and more!

Christopher Columbus Italian Club
Si! Yes! There is an Italian Club in Charlotte which organizes social and cultural events, as well as sending out a monthly newsletter to members. They organize the main Italian Festival "Ciao Italia!" which takes place once a year with live entertainment, food, wine, and other specialties. Phone: (704) 341.5744.

St. Anthony's Festival of Charlotte
Enjoy a fun day for the whole family during this annual 'festa Italiana' benefiting the Nevins Center for the Disabled.

Apply for Italian Citizenship - Daidree Tofano lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and provides assistance in gathering documents, and procuring the proper authentications and translations for documents necessary for obtaining Italian citizenship via Jure sanguinis (by bloodline). Please contact her at:

Need a dentist? Get an Italian dentist! Dr. Roberto Palmieri, DMD PA offers quality dental care.. in an ancient Roman villa! A unique environment that will take the focus off the drill and on the historical surroundings!
311 Williamson Rd., Suite 203 - Mooresville, NC 28117 - Phone: (704) 662.6020

Need a realtor in the Charlotte area? Why not a friendly Italian! Marzia, who is from Emilia-Romagna, will help you pick your perfect "casa"! Marzia Mazzotti Broker/Realtor. or call: (704) 497.6599

Italian Expresso Coffee Machines
Saeco Retailer- The Coffeeboss - 18047 W. Catawba Avenue - Cornelius, NC 28031 - Phone: 704 987 3310

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Great Websites worth checking out!

A Paris Travel - Your source for group tours, private tours, and trip planning for your travel to France! A Paris Travel offers tours to Paris, Normandy, the Loire Valley, Provence, French Riviera, Dordogne, and other locations in France.

The Tiny Chef - Chef Susanne Dillingham is a delightful breath of fresh air in the kitchen, as she bursts with passion for fresh home made Italian food and love for wine! The Tiny chef specializes in private dinners, fun cooking classes, and chef demonstrations in the comfort of your home. Charlotte, NC area.

Ovation Thyme - Chefs Deb & Nancy offer a professional service of meal preparation for all catering and personal chef needs. Great tasting, healthful, affordable meals enjoyed in the comfort of your home without the daily grind of shopping and cooking. Individual preferences drive the creation of your customized menus! Chicago/ Dekalb, Illinois area.

Pia Vidal's Serendipity, Synchronicity, And Saffron
Pia is a traveler, a nomad at heart, with a passion for art and specially the art of cooking. Read her fun blog with recipes from around the world.

Lucy's México & Venezia
Fine Jewelry from Mexico and Italy now in Charlotte. We import directly from the manufacturers and offer the best sterling silver and Millefiori jewelry in the Carolinas. Shop via our online shop or host a jewelry party or bridal shower and save up to 25% on jewelry.  

Eat Without Guilt: - Dinneen Diette will help you gain greater self-esteem and have a healthy relationship with food by teaching you the eating and lifestyle secrets she learned while living & working in Southern France and traveling in Italy. End the dieting cycle and lose weight permanently, while eating the foods you love - but without guilt or deprivation!

Italiano Language Center - This school is owned by hudband and wife, Al & Elena, both are Italian friends of mine that run this Italian language school & cultural center in Atlanta, Georgia. If you're in the area, tell them I said CIAO!

Enheart Publishing "Making Sweet Lemonade"
Author Pat Crotti-Giarraputo Schulz tells the story of the captivating memoir on how she learned of her Italian heritage through a missing persons letter. Her story recounts her childhood upbringing in Brooklyn NY and later to North Carolina that was shrouded in secrecy and deception.

Ageless Remedies
Elaine speaks fluent Italian after having lived in Bologna, where her husband Dr. Paul Greenberg studied at the world-famous medical faculty at the university of Bologna. They own Ageless Remedies in South Park (next to Borders in Morrocroft Village Shopping Center), a medical spa specializing in skincare, hair removal, anti-aging, but also LypoTherapy, retail beauty products, and other treatments. 704.364.3332

Humans Helping Humans
This amazing organization utilizes the web to connect you with rural village projects and working poor entrepreneurs in developing nations. You can contribute a small business loan (for as little as $10) and help to raise the economic and living conditions of poor communities through their own initiatives.

Hotels & Hospitality

Aloha Big Island B&B - Enjoy a charming and tasteful family style B&B in the heart of Kona coffee country. Four delightful guest rooms, gorgeous tropical gardens, swimming pool, hottub and ocean views. Private, peaceful and pleasing to the senses.

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