Food and Drink

Announcing Civetta, StoneCrest’s new upscale-casual Italian restaurant

Photo by Poprock Photography
Beef Tenderloin at Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar
Photo by Poprock Photography Beef Tenderloin at Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar

The owners of Vivace are bringing a new upscale-casual Italian dining concept to StoneCrest at Piper Glenn this week.

Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar, in the old Smoke Modern Barbecue space, will feature Bucatini with housemade meatballs, Lobster Risotto, Bolognese, chicken or eggplant Parmesan, Veal Saltimbocca and Winter Risotto with mushroom conserva, eggplant, broccoli, carrots and parmesan.

You’ll be able to order pizzas with toppings like Fig & Prosciutto with gorgonzola and arugula, Margherita or White Pizza with mushrooms, four cheeses and truffle oil.

Civetta will be open initially just for dinner, and then within coming weeks, owners Stacey and Kevin Jennings of Urban Food Group will expand to include lunch.

Winter Risotto
Photo by Poprock Photography<br/>Winter Risotto at Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar

“The dishes start with raw ingredients and are scratch-made. The sauces and made, the sides are prepped, the main items are butchered, and the dish comes together,” Kevin Jennings said. “Our scratch-prepared food is paired with a smart beverage program —  great wines, local beers, cocktails that are thought out in the same way a chef prepares his menu.” 

Expect a selection of wines from Italy and California, craft cocktails and a beer list including local brews from OMB, Catawba and Legion Brewing.

Appetizers will include Steamed Mussels, Fried Calamari, and Truffled Chips with prosciutto. Save room for tiramisu, gelato, chocolate cake or cappuccino crème brulee.

Truffle Chips
Photo by Poprock Photography<br/>Truffle Chips at Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar

Bring your family for an early dinner, or meet your friends for cocktails later, Kevin Jennings said.

Expect upscale rustic decor at the 5,000-square-foot restaurant that includes seating for 165, a patio for 40 and a private dining space for 10. “We always try to make our restaurants warm and inviting but still hip,” Kevin Jennings said. “Up to date lighting with real leather booths; real wood floors with simple chairs; real linens with plateware that says ‘Welcome to dinner at my house,’ not ‘Welcome to dinner at the mansion.’ We want people to come as they are and be comfortable. If a person likes to dress up, then great, but jeans and a T-shirt are welcome as well.”

Civetta will fill a void that the closing of Villa Antonio’s left behind, Kevin Jennings said. “Villa Antonio’s was a Charlotte favorite for many years. The South Boulevard location had a very loyal following.”

“Many thought it was the best Italian restaurant in Charlotte for a long time,” he said. “When the two locations closed, we feel the South Charlotte market has been left without a true locally owned red sauce New York/New Jersey Italian restaurant.”

Urban Food Group is known for their urban restaurant concepts. In addition to Vivace in Charlotte and Raleigh, the Jennings also opened Coquette and Chow in Raleigh, Avelina in Denver, Colorado and Brasserie du Soleil, Osteria Cicchetti and Boca Bay Restaurant in Wilmington.