If you’re like many other Charlotteans, Vivace is a favorite spot for elegant, upscale Italian dining in a sleek, modern setting. Now south Charlotte pasta lovers can rejoice because the owners of Vivace have opened a new Italian restaurant, Civetta, in the Stonecrest shopping center on Rea Road.

Carne Flat Bread (House meatballs, Italian sausage, pepperoncini, fresh mozzarella) + Mixed Greens Salad (Local greens, pickled red onion, pistachio, grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan, white balsamic vinaigrette) + Fried Calamari w/Spicy tomato aioli + Eggplant Parmesan (Breaded, marinated eggplant steaks, aged provolone, fresh mozzarella, red sauce) + The Contessa (Bombay Sapphire East gin, Aperol, Lillet Blanc) + Smoked Chicken Ravioli (Smoked chicken & ricotta ravioli, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy pancetta, mushroom conserva, madeira cream sauce)
Carne Flat Bread (House meatballs, Italian sausage, pepperoncini, fresh mozzarella) + Mixed Greens Salad (Local greens, pickled red onion, pistachio, grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan, white balsamic vinaigrette) + Fried Calamari w/Spicy tomato aioli + Eggplant Parmesan (Breaded, marinated eggplant steaks, aged provolone, fresh mozzarella, red sauce) + The Contessa (Bombay Sapphire East gin, Aperol, Lillet Blanc) + Smoked Chicken Ravioli (Smoked chicken & ricotta ravioli, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy pancetta, mushroom conserva, madeira cream sauce)
Veal Chop (Polenta fries, sautéed spinach, veal demi, cipollini agrodolce)

Civetta opened its doors in February and has received rave reviews on Ballantye Connection and Yelp. Originally open just for dinner, Civetta is now open for lunch as well. General Manager, Kyle Huffer says they expect to start serving brunch in the near future as well.

 Fried Calamari (Spicy tomato aioli)
Fried Calamari (Spicy tomato aioli)

While Civetta offers some similar menu items to Vivace, and also boasts pastas and sauces made in-house, it certainly has it’s own unique vibe. Where Vivace is contemporary and polished, Civetta is cozy and a bit more casual. The brick accents and red booths invite you in and beg you to stay to fill your belly.

Civetta Interior
Civetta Interior
Civetta Interior
Civetta Interior

As for them menu, you’ll can expect some time-honored Italian dishes like Eggplant Parmesan, Veal Marsala and Tiramisu, as well as some unexpected flavors like the Smoked Chicken Ravioli with sun-dried tomatoes, crispy pancetta, mushroom conserva, and madeira cream sauce.

Smoked Chicken Ravioli (Smoked chicken & ricotta ravioli, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy pancetta, mushroom conserva, madeira cream sauce)
Smoked Chicken Ravioli (Smoked chicken & ricotta ravioli, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy pancetta, mushroom conserva, madeira cream sauce)
Tiramisu
Tiramisu

Along with their affordable, yet delicious, food and wine, Civetta boasts a a mouth-watering craft cocktail list. Look for the new Elderflower Mule, coming to the menu soon, which includes Social House Vodka, St. Elder Elderflower liquor, lemon, mint and ginger beer.

Elderflower Mule (Social House Vodka, Elderflower liquor, lemon, mint + ginger beer)
 Aperol Spritz (Aperol, prosecco, club soda, orange slice)
Aperol Spritz (Aperol, prosecco, club soda, orange slice)

The space is expansive and includes a private room for 10 people as well as a patio space which will be open for seating in the Spring. The bar is also undergoing some configuration changes that will bring approximately 10% more seating.

Private Seating for up to 10 People
Private Seating for up to 10 People
Bar Area
Bar Area

Bonus: Look for Bar Marcel, coming in 2019 in South Park, for another soon-to-be favorite from Urban Food Group.

Haley and Carly are sisters, friends, working moms, 30-somethings and Charlotte natives. We blog about all things Charlotte, from food to family-friendly events. After years of moving around, Haley has settled in South End, and Carly in Davidson.