Little Mama’s to expand with new south Charlotte restaurant

Little Mama’s to expand with new south Charlotte restaurant

Little Mama's SouthPark Italian pasta. Photo: Axios archives

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Little Mama’s Italian Kitchen is opening a second location in the Rea Farms development in south Charlotte next year.

The big picture: Mama Ricotta’s opened in August of 1992 and turns 30 next month. Its sister concept, Little Mama’s, opened in SouthPark in 2020 and has quickly become a Charlotte staple in its own right.

  • “It is my second busiest restaurant,” restaurateur and owner Frank Scibelli tells me of Little Mama’s, making the expansion a no-brainer.

Why it matters: Recent closures of popular local restaurants like Soul Gastrolounge and The Stanley tell a story of a city struggling to hold onto its beloved dining scene. Little Mama’s tells a different story — fortunate enough to survive, and even thrive, throughout the pandemic.

What to expect: Located in the former Sensi Restaurant, the new Little Mama’s will have a similar vibe to the original SouthPark location with a nod to the Italian-American restaurants of the 1960s and ’70s. “It’s obviously hit a nerve,” Scibelli adds.

  • It’ll also have the same menu, including fresh pasta, mozzarella (made daily from the Mozz Bar), and their “lavencello” martinis.
  • Plus, the new location will add individually sized pizzas to the menu, similar to the ones you find at Mama Ricotta’s.

Details: The 4,600-square-foot restaurant will have space for about 200 people, including an outdoor patio.

[Related Axios guide: 12 must-try Italian restaurants in Charlotte, right now]

little mamas southpark italian american nutella dessert

The Nutella pie is a classic at Mama Ricotta’s and Little Mama’s alike. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

penne alla vodka at mama ricottas restaurant charlotte

Penne alla vodka is a popular dish at Mama Ricotta’s and Little Mama’s. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios

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The windows in the sunroom at Little Mama’s in SouthPark can be completely opened for an indoor/outdoor feel. The new Rea Farms location will have an outdoor patio. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

 

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