So, I’ve come to accept the fact that I love food. Hell, I’m even a member of a group called the Epic Eaters, no further explanation needed. I love cooking it, I love eating it and now I’m going to love writing about it.
One of my favorite restaurant concept groups in Charlotte is the Moffett Restaurant Group. I am a huge fan of Barrington’s, and GOOD FOOD on Montford is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. So needless to say, I was excited to try the group’s new concept, Stagioni Four Seasons of Food. On Valentine’s Day, and to commemorate the birth of a dear friend, some friends and I decided to celebrate at Stagioni.
Stagioni is located within the Tuscan-style villa in Myers Park, built by Blanche Reynolds in the 1920s (photo courtesy of Stagioni website)
Let’s start with the personnel. The hostess was fantastic. Seriously, I wish I had gotten her name because I would totally give her a proper shout out. We were seated on time, but that’s when things started to get awkward. The server that sat us, not our server for the night, promptly dissed the restaurant and vented to us about the “lack of team work” among the restaurant staff. Umm, OK. Our official server was very friendly, but was definitely flustered by the Valentine’s Day crowd. During our time there, he rarely checked on us (the hostess was the person that checked on us), did not bring us bread, had to be flagged down for refills, and when my friend clearly stated she was a vegetarian, he did not intervene to let her know that the entree she ordered contained meat.
Now for the food. I wish I had taken photos, but my phone died (whoops). I’ll be completely honest and say that I think the food was haphazardly prepared. First up, snacks (spreads and small bites). The table ordered the truffle cauliflower spread, the marinated cannellini beans and stuffed ricotta balls (arancini), and I ordered the liver mousse (fegatini) spread. The ricotta and the liver mouse were fantastic. The truffle cauliflower spread was good, but almost had a sour cream taste to it that we were not expecting and the beans were a bit bland.
Up next, entrees. As I mentioned previously, my vegetarian friend ordered a dish that had meat in it. She sent it back and got a cheese, pesto and balsamic pizza. The crust was amazing, but the pizza definitely had a lot of balsamic on it. Good at first, but really overpowering after a while. I ordered the fettuccine with wild boar ragù. It was good, but not great. Too many vegetables and too little meat for what I was expecting. My other friends had the gnocchi, which was excellent. We were too stuffed to try dessert, but everything looked great.
Overall, I think Stagioni’s has potential. It has only been open since January, so there are still a few expected kinks to work out. I feel that they were not prepared for Valentine’s Day, as many dishes, including the special of the night, were either a limited quantity or sold out. Based on my experience with the service and the food, I give Stagioni’s a 2.5 out of 5 stars.