Bringing the best of Italy to Charlotte, Aria captures the flavors of Tuscany, serving old world cuisine re-imagined in a modern Italian setting.
The story of aria began in 2010 with owner Pierre Bader's vision to breathe new life into the classic Italian dishes he had always loved. With Sonoma Restaurant Group (SRG) Operations Manager and Beverage Director Briana Cohen he was able to build his team to bring that vision to life.
In Italy, eating out is meant for social gatherings, while Italians know that the greatest food in Italy is found on their grandmother's table, with the freshest ingredients either grown in their garden or bought from the best local farmers’ markets. Everything is from the season, with generations of family standing around a table cooking meals with a true love for food, family, and life.
Having visited the Piedmont and Tuscany several times, we feel it’s a second home. The Italian people and their enthusiasm for their next meal, which they are usually planning while they’re eating, put it all into perspective for us - to live life for each moment and to see what the day brings, with each meal a celebration. This is what we do at aria. With every meal, we hope to capture that feeling of home, of family, and of celebrating life and its seasons.
Owner Pierre Bader, SRG Operations Manager & Beverage Director Briana Cohen, and Executive Chef Alex Piatt, travel and work together to bring you a taste of the seasons, creating a regional menu focused on local ingredients, braised meats, handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh seafood.
Aria is open for lunch on weekdays and dinner Monday through Saturday, offering two separate dining rooms, two bar areas, and Charlotte's only Chef's Table. Private and Semi-Private Dining is available, as well as Family-Style Pasta Dinners for Two and multi-course Chef's Tastings.