Tuesday, August 13, 2013

ALSO coming up at the EpiCentre

La Tagliatella is running "sneak preview" by-invitation dining this week at the EpiCentre, and plans to open to the public Aug. 14.

This chain, which has more than 135 sites globally and began in 1991, describes itself as capturing "the essence of the traditional Italian cuisine from the northern regions of Piamonte, Liguria, and Reggio Emilia." (Reggio Emilia is a city, not a region -- that would be Emilia-Romagna, and Piamonte is the Spanish spelling of the Italian Piemonte region. But let's not quibble: "More than 6 million customers in this last year alone enjoyed our Italian cuisine in Europe.")

The menu boasts nearly 20 sauces and various pastas, both fresh and dried, and is reminiscent on the whole (primarily pastas and pizzas, with lots of choice) to that of down-the-street European-owned chain Vapiano, though this lineup is lengthier and a little more upscale. Prices run about $14 to $28. Lunch and dinner daily; 704-900-5555 (listed on the website, but unanswered when I checked).


Novanglus said...

We have one of these in Clarendon, VA, outside DC. It's a quasi-Italian restaurant run by a Spanish subsidary of the Polish company that owns the European Applebees franchise. And that's what it is: the Applebees of Italian food (if Olive Garden is the Capital Grille). Yes, it's that horrible: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-06-18/lifestyle/40058680_1_caesar-salad-pisa-frisee