Updated Jan 22, 2024 - News

Little Mama's expands with new south Charlotte restaurant

The new Little Mama's bar has seating for 12 people. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The bar has seating for 12 people. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Little Mama's Italian Kitchen is debuting a second location in the Rea Farms development in south Charlotte.

  • It'll be open for dinner starting Tuesday, Jan. 23. Starting Monday, Jan. 29, it'll open for lunch and dinner.

Why it matters: Little Mama's has surged in popularity since opening in SouthPark in 2020.

  • Adding a second location was a no-brainer, restaurateur owner Frank Scibelli says. "It is my second-busiest restaurant," he told me when we first reported this story of the business's expansion in 2022.

What to expect: Little Mama's Rea Farms has a similar vibe to the original SouthPark location with nods to the Italian-American restaurants of the 1960s and '70s.

  • "I think this is my prettiest restaurant," Scibelli said, looking around at the high ceilings that contrast with wooden accents to give it a cozy feel.
  • Its menu is fairly similar to the OG Little Mama's, with fresh pasta and mozzarella made daily.
  • The biggest difference is this location will have pizza, including a new "Diavola Pizza," made with Calabrian salami, caramelized onions, cherry peppers, provolone picante, homemade mozzarella and Calabrian hot honey sauce.

Details: The 4,600-square-foot restaurant fits about 200 people in its main dining room, upstairs mezzanine and sunroom.

  • The address is 9825 Sandy Rock Pl. and it will be open 11am-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 11am-10pm Fridays and Saturdays.
  • To start, the restaurant will open with limited seating; reservations are recommended and can be made here.
  • Eventually, they'll offer private dining and weekend brunch.

Go deeper: Mama Ricotta's celebrates 30 years. This is what owner Frank Scibelli would order there

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The upstairs mezzanine is fitted with a smart TV and sound system so people hosting private events can customize their experience. It has 54 seats. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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The sunroom has an indoor/outdoor feel, with windows that open to let fresh air in. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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The biggest difference with this Little Mama's location is the pizza on the menu. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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Fresh mozzarella, diavola pizza, chicken riggies pasta and penne a la vodka. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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Little Mama's Rea Farms is located where Sensi Restaurant used to be. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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Along the walls are family photos of owner Frank Scibelli (on the far left you'll see him cooking with his mom and the photo in the center-left features his father's family). You'll also see family photos of COO and partner Stephanie Kalish's family and those of executive chef and partner Tom Dyrness. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Editor's note: This story was originally published in July 2022 and updated in January 2024 with details of the restaurant's opening.

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