Luca Modern Italian Kitchen (Previously Called Passion8)
Yes, that’s right. The erstwhile Passion8 is now Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen. Everything else, though, is still the same. Or rather, even better. Not only is Luca’s one of the best Italian restaurants in Charlotte and its environs, it is also the best Italian restaurant serving food made from locally-sourced ingredients.
Located in the Queen City’s Elizabeth area, Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen is a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. The atmosphere here is very romantic and refined, with its glass chandeliers and golden accents, making it the perfect place for a romantic date. The food served is traditional Italian, plated elegantly, and uses ingredients exclusively from local farms. Some of its menu’s items include Coriander Crusted Scallops, Wild Boar Meatballs, and beignets in flavors such as Irish car bomb and nutter butter. Do try the ‘Infamous Calamari,’ which comes tossed in a jalapeño honey citrus butter. All of the food served at Luca’s is hand-crafted by the owner and executive chef Luca Annunziata. You can even go for their fabulous Sunday brunch.
Address: 1523 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204
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If you value something simple yet impactful, then you should definitely give Rooster's Wood Fired Kitchen a try. Located in uptown Charlotte, practically everything about the place says that it’s simple and refined - a combination that is rare to find. The ambience is definitely a visual treat, with its candlelight-illuminated bars, and worn-wood booths and tables. Famous for its wood-fired grill, Rooster's menu changes with every season, and feature classic, no-nonsense, farm-to-table delicacies. Though chicken is the main highlight of this place, they do offer other mains such as steak, pork chop and duck. They also offer a wide range of sides, from fire roasted beets and succotash to buttery-steamed spinach. They even have a great cheese board that can never disappoint.
Yes, that's right. The erstwhile Passion8 is now Luca's Modern Italian Kitchen. Everything else, though, is still the same. Or rather, even better. Not only is Luca's one of the best Italian restaurants in Charlotte and its environs, it is also the best Italian restaurant serving food made from locally-sourced ingredients.