• Restaurant to dish up twist on old-school Italian in south Charlotte

    By: by Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business Journal

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A new Italian restaurant should open in south Charlotte by early next week.

    Civetta — slang for flirty, little girl in Italian — is located in the Stonecrest at Piper Glen shopping complex. It occupies a 5,000-square-foot space, formerly home to Smoke Modern Barbecue.

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    A soft opening for dinner service will come first, says Kevin Jennings. Lunch service will roll out in the coming weeks.

    He and wife Stacey have invested roughly $650,000 into that concept at 7828 Rea Road.

    Expect Civetta to deliver its twist on old-school Italian fare. Think chicken or eggplant Parmesan, bucatini with house-made meatballs and a baked pasta of the day, from ziti to lasagna, as well as stone-fired pizzas.

    Pastas, dough and sauces such a Bolognese will be prepared in house.

    “This is sort of a nod towards a hometown red-sauce restaurant,” Kevin says.

    Read more and check out photos inside the restaurant here.

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