|The interior of Halcyon is as beautiful |
as their Stone Soup.
Luce, a super-hip, bass-pounding-on-the-stereo Italian restaurant in the chic Uptown sector of Charlotte. The restaurant is beautiful and the menu sounds really impressive. But execution of food was merely alright. The complimentary snacks on the table were the best: crusty bread, marinated white beans, beautiful olives and homemade potato chips--and the wine list was wonderful. If you wanted to just sit for a while and order a glass of wine while hogging a table, you would be a very tacky person (or a college student), but you'd have a good experience. But my angel hair pasta was overcooked, and the tomato sauce is nothing special. Risotto was good and desserts were beautifully arranged, but overall, food quality is too inconsistent to trust that you will have a great eating experience. And the service was friendly but very slow. Our waiter came by no less than four times to tell us he'd be right back to get our order. A member of my party finally had to stop him and beg to place an order for an alcoholic drink, which you'd think he would be in a hurry to get out of the way; I know when I'm buzzed, I order more food.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my stay in Charlotte. People were exceedingly friendly and helpful everywhere I went, and with bus schedules as screwed up as they were, I had some pretty obvious tourist-type questions. Somehow, although it was hotter than Hades and equally humid, I didn't mind the weather too much. And, although I think they are still playing at being a worthwhile city, they're working on it, which is a valiant effort. I can say far less for many towns I visit.
|Looks cool; it wasn't on time, though.|