Oct 17, 2023 - Food and Drink

New renderings: Portofino’s expanding to Uptown with fast-casual Italian restaurant

Portofino's Uptown

Design and renderings by ROBERT JOHNSON Architects

Portofino’s is opening an “express” version of the popular local chain in Uptown next summer.

This will be Portofino’s fifth Charlotte-area location, with the other four on Park Road, Arboretum, east Charlotte and Indian Land.

Why it matters: With its classic “foldable” NY slice, this family-owned restaurant has some of the best pizzas in Charlotte, but owner Josh Coppola hasn’t opened another Portofino’s since its Indian Land location about five years ago.

Flashback: Coppola, who was born and raised in Italy, opened the first Portofino’s on Eastway Drive in 1997.

  • “I remember like it was yesterday,” he tells me, adding that opening a restaurant in Uptown has always been a goal of his because this is the kind of restaurant he grew up going to. “We didn’t have servers or cars … just pizza and sandwiches and salads,” he says.
Portofino's Uptown
Design and renderings by ROBERT JOHNSON Architects

Details: The 2,500 square-foot space will have indoor seating, but unlike its other locations, Portofino’s Uptown will only have counter-service.

  • It’ll be open for lunch and dinner with a menu consisting of pizza by the slice, Philly cheesesteaks, salads, panini and pasta dishes.

What’s next: Portofino’s Uptown will be located at 101 N. Tryon St. on the ground floor of One Independence Center, near the soon-to-open food hall Monarch Market

Go deeper: A new food hall called Monarch Market is coming to Uptown this fall

Portofino's Uptown
Design and renderings by ROBERT JOHNSON Architects
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