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Old 04-15-2008, 08:20 PM
 
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I have been told by several friends to try Bucca di Beppo (sp?). Not sure how good-I think it is by Pineville or in South Charlotte area.
Bucca is all about the quantity and not quality IMO
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:33 PM
 
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Bucca is all about the quantity and not quality IMO
I gotta say I couldnt disagree more. I think Buca is fantastic and thats coming from an all Italian from NY who has eaten in all the restaurants on Mulberry St. and grew up eating all the traditional Italian home cooked meals from my Mom and Grandparents. I think the food in Buca is the best Italian I have had since being in Charlotte. I have been to Villa Antonio, Tuscanas, Maggianos, and a few others and I truly believe none of them can compete with Buca. Ive been told that Mamas in Mint Hill is good also, but have yet to make it there.
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:38 PM
 
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Default Try Rotelli

We have eaten at Rotelli (on the corner of Carmel Rd. and 51). On Tues. they have a special that offers a large pizza for $6 and change (I can't remember the exact amount). They have it every Tues and we have gone many times. I think they have the best pizza I have had down here in 20 years and I'm from the northeast and definitely Italian. Tony's in Ballantyne is good but I like Rotelli better. Very thin, flavorful crust and the sauce is good too. It is always crowded when we go in there. Tried the pizza at Italia Eatery and I thought it was tasteless.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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Ive been told that Mamas in Mint Hill is good also, but have yet to make it there.
Mama's was good when it opened but I think its gone downhill too. It does have great atmosphere though.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:44 AM
 
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So why do you need NYC people to tell you if it is any good? What about 1st generation Italians? Did you like the food? Who cares if someone else likes it if you do?
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Bucca is all about the quantity and not quality IMO
It's a chain...just like Olive Garden and Carabba's.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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I never like Buca, the same to be said about most, if not all, Italian chain restaurants. I'm a first generation Italian immigrant, moved to the United States with my parents in the 80s. My father and my uncle opened their own restaurants in the Philadelphia metro, and with that comes trying out nearly every independently owned Italian restaurant in the area to check out competition.

Since coming down here, as a college student, I haven't had the time or money to try out many Italian restaurants. I've only had Portofino's from time to time, and while they're pretty good, their tomato sauce does not taste fresh, more like pre-made. I will try out some of these other Italian restaurants later on, when I have more income, but for now I just cook the way my family does at home. My parents grew up in Italy, and my nonni and most of my family still live in Italy, so the cooking at home is equivalent to most of the best Italian restaurants here in the US. I just went back to Italy last summer for a month, and I missed that cooking so much since I'm away from everyone down here (also, I hate how most grocery stores stop carrying proscuitto parma because they say not enough people buy it).

Sorry if my post reads a bit uppity, I just wish that some people would open more Italian delis closer to SC. Way to far for me to drive to Cornelius to get my ingredients. But overall, I love the Charlotte area...who knows, maybe I should open my own deli or restaurant later on, it would make my parents ecstatic.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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Default Portofino on Park Rd

We just went to Portofino's the other nite and it was great! It is on Park Rd in the Southpark area.

I'm not a NYer nor a specialist on Italian food, but the food was delicious and they have huge portions for a very reasonable price. I had the Portofino chicken and thought the sauce was wonderful.

fwiw
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Portofino's ios good...but I agree the red sauce does taste premade. We went a couple of weeks ago and I had the gnochhi with mushrooms and wine sauce. It was awesome. That was the one in Ayrsley. The one on Park Rd is good too.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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Mama's was good when it opened but I think its gone downhill too. It does have great atmosphere though.
Agree 100%.

The pizza was especially good (to me) when it first opened up. They got all their ingredients from Long Island.

In the past couple of months I've also noticed a definite change.... it has gone downhill.

I'd be curious to see what has happened...
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