forchetta

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Intrigue your culinary senses with our authentic Italian menu. Each dish hand crafted, featuring many dishes straight from the streets of Naples, Italy. Select from the lighter side such as soup and salad, shared appetizers or delectable entrées. Pair your meal with an elegant wine, house infused cocktail or a gourmet coffee.
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Daily 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM

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Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Often when I see a restaurant in a hotel, I’m a little skeptical. Such was the case with Forchetta. However, my concerns were baseless. This restaurant is OUTSTANDING! The food was sumptuous - a truly original and authentically Italian menu with tons of fresh, local ingredients, excellent cocktail menu, wonderful desserts and best of all service that was both discreet and made you feel like part of the family.

We will be returning regularly and making this our date-night standard for a long time to come.

OT
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that Luca is always in the house! Wait staff is excellent, food delicious and the courses are well paced. Thank you for another wonderful dining experience.

DD
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise hidden gem excellent drinks and entrees along with superb service, will definitely come back again!

T
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

For service, not horrible by any means and they were pleasant. But it took a while to get water refills, and they didn’t ask us if we wanted another cocktail. Pretty big misses for the simple things. The choppiness of the restaurant is a bit strange, was when it was cafe sienna too...we sat in the hallway and those that took smoke breaks walked by us on the way in and out throughout dinner. Smoke smell and constant cool air drafts were less than desirable and we weren’t even the closest table to the door. Food was a letdown honestly. Wife had lasagna and I had the carbonara. Lasagna was too cheesy and the sauce and meat were fairly plain. Cheese is great, don’t get me wrong, but too much tends to mask other things. And my carbonara was very rich, as you would think, but it was far too salty, even after considering that the prosciutto is naturally salty. Don’t think we’ll be back unfortunately. It’s in a great spot, and the prices weren’t bad for middle range dishes. But I’d rather spend more at places like aria and cantina.

DA
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

An Italian restaurant should have multiple Italian wines by the glass. Squid ink pasta was drowned in creme sauce.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good ok, just nothing unique. Lamb was too hard.

OT
Charlotte
111 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoy our dinner and meeting Luca. We will be back.

forchetta
Responded 5 days ago

Glad you enjoyed your dinner and look forward to having you back!

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WM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We’ve been here twice before shows at Spectrum so naturally they were busy. Service still seemed a little slow but I will say the food was worth it. Very good.

forchetta
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you WendyM for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the food!

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AG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Our server Angelo was great. The drinks were fine. The bread at the beginning was stale. The Gnocchi appetizer tasted as if it had gone bad and was almost inedible. The meatball appetizer had the hardest and coldest meatballs, almost as if they had been frozen and not thawed all the way. The Rigatoni appetizer was okay, not great. I would not recommend this restaurant.

BC
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us made reservations to have dinner before the Elton John concert. We ordered salads and lasagna and Italian sausage pasta dish. Service was excellent. Owner came by the table to see how the food and service were. Would go back again for dinner when in Charlotte for an event.

forchetta
Responded 5 days ago

BeckeyC, we are happy that you enjoyed your time at forchetta. We look forward to having you back again for dinner!

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OT
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The staff was wonderful, however the food was just not good. Bland and over cooked pasta...the carbonara tasted more like an alfredo sauce with out any cheese...flour and water....my wife Rabbit ragu with truffle oil had very little rabbit and no truffle oil...both pastas were way over cooked...the worst meal I'v had in a long time...

CJ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Somewhat disappointing as the menu sounds great but execution somewhat lacking. Octopus, clams calamari good but average. They extra's described in the menu just not contributing to the dishes. Osso Buco again good but not great. Not nearly as unctuous, lacked sauce/gravy. Occasion was a birthday, which was noted on the reservation but ignored by the restaurant, no cake candle, free drink or any sign of recognition. However I would try it again. Value was good.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate dining on Halloween, and got to try food I never thought of ordering. All the food was great! If I can eat Sweet Bread aka not bread I can eat anything! Chef Luca is very passionate about what he does everyday and it shows! Mi look forward to his cooking classes!

forchetta
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot to us here at forchetta. We are glad you enjoyed the food and recognized Chef Luca's passion. Look forward to having you join us for his cooking class!

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TW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, business dinner for 6. Very good attentive service.

K
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Calamari was excellent. Lasagna was cold and took forever to get. The rest of us finished eating before the lasagna person ever received his food. Then it was cold. My salad was ok. I'd prefer the typical salad. The olive dish was very good! The rigatoni was excellent. But we won't be back. Too many other good places in this area to eat! We ate here last summer as Caffe Sienna. It was awesome. Not so much now.

k
Charlotte
61 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent meal at forchetta. We shared the house salad, the salmon, and the branzino. The salmon came with crabmeat on top and was excellent. The branzino was in a broth and also very good. Angelo, the server, was attentive and helpful with suggestions. I guess word is not out about this place yet, we were one of four tables. It is in the Holiday Inn, and people may not think of going there as it is “hotel” food. Very reasonably priced too. Will be back!

f
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service. Appetizers and charcuterie plate excellent.

MG
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food. Though they brought out the salad and forgot the appetizer. The pint glass was not filled completely, and it took the server 15 minutes to being the check though the restaurant was less than half full.

CG
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Luca is the best! The chef’s tasting he prepared for us was outstanding! There were so many courses we lost count but every dish was amazing! We love this place!! Thank you for making my husband’s birthday so special. (Charlotte NC)

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! The calamari was fabulous and The Radicchio Salad superb! I had the lasagna and it was very good.

JM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, fantastic service!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Forchetta last night for dinner before an event at the Spectrum Center. A delicious start to our evening! Each of us had different items from the menu and all were great. The pasta is all homemade and the Rigatoni Alla Luca is not to be missed. The lamb chops were cooked perfectly. Chef Luca went out of his way to make a special pasta entree for my friend. The restaurant space is beautiful and welcoming.

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Overall- horrible. There was nothing good about this at all. Poor service at the bar. We ordered a $60 bottle of wine - and we were handed it. We weren’t offered a taste. Charcuterie board was Cracker Barrel cheese at best. No expllanation of anything. Meatballs were not tasty and over cooked . No one checked in on us once. We sat at the bar- and would not recommend or go back.
Sad excuse for an Italian restaurant.

forchetta
Responded on September 30, 2019

Blech, Please accept my apologies that we failed to provide you with exceptional service. Although we were sold out prior to the Phil Collins concert and you were unable to dine at a table that should not have lessened your wine experience. I take great pride in the menu that I have created and its execution by my culinary team. I will certainly review with the team your comments to ensure everyone is providing my vision. Chef Luca

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family enjoyed an amazing meal at Forchetta yesterday! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. We were treated well from the moment we arrived and will definitely be back again. Chef Luca’s meals are always delicious and presented with such care and elegance. Don’t skip over the calamari; so yummy!!

N
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I made reservations so that we could catch dinner before a concert in the Spectrum Center. The menu is not as extensive as when this was Cafe Sienna so choices were limited. I liked the fact that some pasta dishes were available in half portion sizes. The wine menu provided one zinfandel and no malbecs or chiantis. The zinc was exceptionally nice, though. I would have loved to see risotto and more seafood options.

forchetta
Responded on September 30, 2019

Namimusic, Thank you for your suggestions regarding our wine list and menu. As I continue to create my next menu I will keep your comments in mind. I hope that you and your daughter had an enjoyable evening at the concert! Chef Luca

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R
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good experience but not great, food was good but a little off. Maybe it was my food choice

CD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always love Luca’s lasagna! We were dining before going to the theater and the waiter made sure we ordered items that would not make us late. The food was delicious as always. Love the new decor!

KW
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Very nice ambiance. The chef came over to ask what we thought about the meal. Calamari was excellent. House-made fettuccine was superb. Drinks were a little slow being delivered as our waiter had to service the outside guests as well as our party. Otherwise an excellent meal.

forchetta
Responded on September 26, 2019

KevanW. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at forchetta. Chef Luca's calamari is one of my favorite dishes (and I didn't even like calamari). Please accept my apologies for the delay on the drinks. We look forward to your return visit! Stacey B GM

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BK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant surprise. Didn’t realize it was in the Holiday Inn when I booked and didn’t feel like a hotel restaurant at all.

forchetta
Responded on September 26, 2019

BillK. Thank you for dining with us last week and we appreciate you taking the time to post this review and share with the community that we are NOT a hotel restaurant but a proud Italian Kitchen, forchetta! Ciao Chef Luca

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r
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun Football night and excellent carbonara!

UD
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Quiet night. Chef cane to speak to us and was very friendly. Great food. We will return.

MC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and a very friendly staff. We will definitely be coming back!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

What a disappointment! Pasta wasn't fresh, sauce tasted canned, and the rabbit Genovese was as good as a can of chicken noodle soup. We started with what they were calling gnocchi, but it reminded me of the dried stuff you can find at Costco - sauce was tasteless, too, with tiny bits of rubbery eggplant. It also came out extraordinarily hot - the kind of temperature that only comes from a microwave. The hubs ordered the rigatoni (which sat in the window for five minutes) and that pasta tasted stale, too, as well as the sauce, which was lifeless and unseasoned. And this was the Saturday night of Labor Day weekend!! Places were heaving and it should have been a clue that at 7:30 p.m. there were only two couples in the entire dining room. Service was all right, nothing amazing, nor appalling. We didn't even want dessert - which we're hard-pressed to skip. Not sure why the rave reviews, but I had high expectations as a direct result of them and wish I had listened to my gut upon arrival instead. There are many, many better choices in Charlotte for Italian. I don't think I'll ever go to any of Luca's other restaurants again after this. Shame on you!!!

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was subpar. Service was excellent.

JG
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was date night and wanted to try somewhere new and not the traditional American Italian, and with seafood options. This was perfect. Food quality was definitly up to par (never enough Parmesan in my opinion) and we even stuck around for dessert which was well worth it! Only issue was parking, we parked in an adjacent lot and not the specified lot on accident and they still did not validate. Guess will have to be more careful about that next time :/ other than that , 5 stars.

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was very poor. No greeter. Slow to take drink order. Got the drink order wrong. Didn't bring bread until asked. Brought the wrong bottle of wine. It wasn't that busy, but they seemed to be pretty disorganized for a Saturday night.

forchetta
Responded on September 26, 2019

Please accept our deepest apologies that we did not provide you with an exceptional dining experience. Although a new restaurant always has some growing pains this should never show in our service and for this I personally apologize. Please feel free to contact me personally on your next opportunity to visit me at the restaurant and I'll make it right! Chef Luca chef.luca@forchettacharlotte 704-602-2750

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c
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & Great Service. Wish the wine list had been a bit better, but that's the only thing I can criticize!

f
Charlotte
42 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The place is small and the bar and dining area are one. There are three four tables down an alley like area that was created when the sectioned off the for the kitchen. Tables are up against the glass so you can watch people walk by and they can watch you chew!
I got the lasagna. Not even really fond of lasagna but I'm of Italian decent, two generations down from the original immigration application. I literally judge an Italian restaurant by the lasagna. Although it may not seem like it, Lasagna takes some skill. Taste texture the flow of ingredients and how they come together to create an edible dish. Most places fail this test and I never go back again! I was pleasantly surprised that forchette got the job done. Not quite like mom's but good. My wife had the rigs and they were decent also. You could tell they were made fresh. The Cesar romaine was grilled and it was a great twist on the salad. We enjoyed it. Only thing is the menu is limited but I'd rather a joint do a few things right than a lot of things wrong. I saw the veal chop on my way out and it looked amazing. Going to go back to try it!

HP
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Forchetta was just okay for us. Ordered calamari and the fagottini for apps. 15 minutes later was told that there's no fagottini. Ordered lobster bisque instead. The calamari was plentiful and tasty, but a bit greasy. The lobster bisque did not have any shrimp in it at all...not worth $9. For our meals we had the pappardelle and traditional burger. The pappardelle was dry. Just some globs or rabbit stewed meat with no sauce to it. No cheese was on this dish at all, but the menu indicated that there would be two cheeses. The burger was typical. Nothing special. The server was nice, however service was terribly slow, which was surprising as the restaurant was dead.