The third concept from the Moffett Restaurant Group opened last Monday inside the historic Reynolds-Gourmajenko House off Providence Road. Stagioni is veteran chef Bruce Moffett's take on Italian fare, featuring a seasonally driven menu of small plates, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, Italian specialties and craft cocktails. I'm looking forward to the porchetta dish, wild boar ragu and the brussels sprouts pizza with pancetta, parsnip puree and pecorino cheese. Also, prosecco on tap. What?!
At the helm of Stagioni (which means "seasons" in Italian), is executive chef Larry Schreiber, who moved from his position as executive sous chef at Moffett's second concept, Good Food on Montford, to assume the lead position.
Besides a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, the restaurant has a rich and storied history. The deceased lady of the house, Blanche Reynolds, is said to wander the premises. Stagioni honors Mrs. Reynolds with a stunning photography display from her son's wedding at the mansion in 1943 that spans nine canvasses and 30 feet.
Stagioni is located at 715 Providence Road and is open Monday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday. Call 704-372-8110 for reservations or visit www.stagioniclt.com for more information.
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