Aria Tuscan Grill
We made a last-minute reservation and were very impressed. Aaron was a very attentive server and let us know about the specials and had great recommendations for us. A couple different people (assuming managers) also checked on us a couple times to make sure we didn't need anything. The food was great - my favorite was the gnocchi starter and the cheesecake. We just moved to Charlotte from out of state and this place will definitely be a staple.
I tried Aria for the first time yesterday, during restaurant week. We were greeted in such a pleasant manor by Monika. It's was extremely crowded, but Monika handled the crowd with so much poise. Me and my party were very impressed! We were served by Hunter. The experience was nothing short of spectacular! He had great suggestions, good humor and was very professional. We all talked after the experience and all confirmed that we will definitely be back!
Again I will caveat that my pallet lacking any discernment in the finer qualities of flavors, textures, and consistency could lend to an inflated rating here. But, my raviolis were supremely tasty...all five of them. No, no, there had to be at least ten; which made the process of savoring them all the more important...since that averaged out to about $3 per pasta piece (I assumed the yummy loaf of bread was compliments of the chief). Food portions aside, the service and atmosphere, to say nothing of the convenient center city location and cleanliness, was well worth it.
Food, drinks, and service was amazing overall. Thanks to the staff that was very helpful in recommending certain drink and food, there was a new employee in there and she did a great job! It was a last minute choose and it was so convenient cause it was right across from our hotel. 5/5 stars!
We were seated promptly at a nice corner table. After that it was all downhill. After a long wait, we finally flagged down our waiter. We immediately ordered our drinks and food. After asking three times, we never did receive our bread. I ordered a Caesar salad, which I also never received. The main course finally arrived and was good, but nothing special. No offer of fresh parmesan or refill of drinks. Our waiter said they were short-handed and it was a show night. I understand that, but honestly this is the worst service we've ever encountered. I doubt we will return.