Bella Fresco: Amazing Italian-Mediterranean Cuisine

Bella Fresco Kitchen & Bar - New Location: Uptown Charlotte

Beauty and Fresh...those two words represent exactly what Bella Fresco is all about. A vision to give you fresh and beautiful food.

New Uptown Charlotte Location

The Arboretum Cafe gives you that warm, cozy family atmosphere with classic menu items and a lake view patio. Their second location takes you Uptown in the Carillon building next to Morton's Steakhouse. The vaulted ceiling and curved bar are accented with modern lighting and artwork. A perfect fit for that Uptown feel. Not to mention an extensive signature drink menu and mouthwatering tapas.

A Fresh New Look on Tapas

Chef Alek Goncharov and his team are putting a fresh new look on tapas. Everyone knows tapas right? Their plating is what will set them apart. Beautifully crafted plates with bright colors and flavors. With 17 items up for grabs, each one is carefully prepared with fresh ingredients and marinades. Choices like Lamb Kofta, Yellowtail Carpaccio, Fried Chili Peppers, Tuna Tartar, Oysters and even a Lamb Burger. I had the opportunity to taste several items and thoroughly enjoyed every single one, to the last bite.

Quality Breads and Pastas

With Italian-Mediterranean cuisine, you think fresh breads and pastas, and Bella Fresco has you covered with both! From bruschetta, pasta dishes to flatbreads, you can taste the quality. Be sure to try the "227 Flatbread"...all I need to say is bacon-onion jam, right?! Well I'll give you a bit more! Apples, goat cheese, bacon-onion jam, and bechamel topped with arugula.

Homemade Gelato!

We can't forget the dessert! Famous around town for their homemade gelato, they offer 18 flavors in Uptown and 24 in the Arboretum. Bellla Fresco gelato is made from scratch daily at Arboretum with the finest Italian ingredients. Come get your gelato fix! My favorite is the strawberry! PS, they also distribute to a few restaurants around town so be on the lookout.

Charlotte Restuarant Week

Starting this Friday at $30 a person.

  • First Course Options ~ Pomegranate Marinated lamb, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tacu Duo or Pomegranate Salad
  • Second Course Options ~ Grilled Salmon with Gnocchi, Lasagna or Polla Alla Cacciatora
  • And finally for dessert ~ Blueberry Crumble & Gelato, Tiramisu or a Sorbet Trio

Private Dining

The upper level has an enclosed dining room. It’s equipped with a projector and speakers, glass wall that overlooks the bar and lounge, shaded blinds to use for more privacy and a total of 24 seats (6 tables of 4). A perfect space for birthday parties, private dinner events, office luncheons or team meetings.

P.S. For your convenience, they are open for breakfast from 7am-10:30am. A Grab-N-Go heated sandwich station will be available to anyone running late or who forgot their cup of granola and yogurt.

Article by Jessica Moore

IG: @finickylady


Photos by Jessica Moore, Nick Bossi, Juan C. Cruz, Alek Goncharov


Bella Fresco Kitchen & Bar, Uptown

227 W Trade St

Mon-Thu 7am-10pm

Fri 7am-12am

Sat 4pm-12am

Open Sunday for Restaurant Week!


Bella Fresco Cafe, Arboretum

8200 Providence Rd

Open Daily 10am-9pm