Mehhhhh It's ok.
Atmosphere is roughly family Italian. Service is good. The Italian food here is at best okay. I haven't been inside their kitchen to know for sure (despite the "open kitchen" name, it isn't), but the taste and consistency of most dishes appeared to be pre-packaged stuff they bought and heated rather than truly prepared. For example, the pizza crust was worse than many store-bought frozen pizzas. Similar in texture, especially density, to factory made and shipped crust, rather than something mixed and allowed to rise on-site. The toppings, cheese, and sauce were okay, but nothing special. But they turned tables quickly enough, kept drinks full, and their prices were reasonable for the area.
Extremely affordable lunch fare and decent Italisn food at that. Quick friendly service in an environment that feels older than the rest of Charlotte in a good way. Tea was fresh, pasta was good enough that I finished it despite not being that hungry, the bread was also quite good. Spring for the Parmigiana upgrade if you like cheese as much as I do.
Danielle Ashara (DanielleAshara)
Atmosphere is very cozy and authentic. Their most popular lasagna dish was just okay to me. LOTS OF CHEESE but very little sauce...meatballs tasted fantastic. Salad was fresh. (Medium is like size of a dinner salad) Food was made fresh and it was almost ready on time, which I didnt mind because everything was hot. I will try something else next time.
DETAIL49 Ceramic Systems
Needless to say this isnt a normal review that most would find, but neither is the situation I faced tonight around 10 PM. However I wanted to share the experience I had with both this establishment and particularly the owner. It was AMAZING As I was driving home I had a flat tire. As I took an emergency exit directly off the highway, Open kitchen was the first thing I saw. Unfortunately my night got even worse when I realized I didnt have a Jack. However I was extremely fortunate because the owner himself not only lended me his equipment, but also assisted with the actual replacement Itself (even after close!!) All in all, this was a world class service and Id highly recommend you give this place a shot!