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Charlotte: Tria Terra

lynnlato | Feb 9, 200807:45 AM

Move over Ilios Noche, Tria Terra is my new favorite neighborhood spot! I loved everything about this place. We had 6:30 dinner reservations. When we arrived there were only about 3 other tables in the place and no one at the small bar. We were greeted by a friendly man w/ a thick accent. He made a few jokes and directed us to our table. The dining room is so cozy you won't want to leave. I don't know about y'all, but atmosphere is very important to me. Trio Terra is perfect in this department. Low ceilings, warm golden hued walls and soft lighting. All the tables are candle lit w/ white table cloths topped w/ butcher paper. Napkins are burgundy - nice b/c of the "no lint" factor. When you are seated you are immediately brought a bread basket full of breadsticks and sliced italian bread along with a small dish of what tasted like chimichurri sauce for dipping.

The menu is broken up into many different categories. Appetizers, Salads, Vegetable Tapas, Seafood, Meats, Specialties, Of The Grill, Pastas (and I think there was one other). We started w/ carpaccio and grilled calamari w/ vegetables. Both were good. The carpaccio was served w/ shaved parmesan and arugula lightly dressed w/ balsamic & olive oil. I would of liked crostini with it. The calamari was good too. Lots of veggies and olive oil.

Mr. lynnlato had a special of homemade osso buco ravioli w/ house made ricotta salata and a brown sauce. These were delicious! The pasta was so light and the veal rich and yummy (sorry, words escape me). I had two tapas: grilled chorizo and saffron rice w/ red peppers and peas (arroz). Both were very good. Our friends had spinach & ricotta ravioli w/ a tomato sauce and grilled salmon over corn (w/ a sauce but I'm not sure what it was). They enjoyed their dinners as well. In between courses we were served lemon sorbet.

The dessert menu was pretty much the usual suspects. The standard creme brulee, tiramisu, etc. But they also had crema catalana, a few gelati and panna cotta. They were out of the crema catalana (which was surprising b/c we arrived before the rush). We had the hazelnut gelato. It was good - very rich w/ big pieces of hazelnut.

Not long after we arrived the place filled to capacity. Our service was never affected. For all we knew, we were the only table and had many back servers and our regular server attending to us. Water glasses never went empty and everyone was so pleasant. It was just so refreshing. I felt as though I was in NY or a neighborhood place back home in PA.

You've gotta get to this place. I just might be there when you do!

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