Exterior has changed little over the years
One of three dining rooms
Stuffed birds on the wall add to the decor
As well as these guys...
Ivy gives the room some green
The ceiling looks like meringue
Second main dining room
Wall wood paneling always adds the right ambience
Lots of different items on the mantle
The famous "egg-shell carton" ceiling
Another ceiling view
Center dining room with the bar in the back
Another of Charlotte's legendary restaurants is closing. It was announced this week that Little Italy on Central Avenue will close on March 22. Owner John Caltis opened for business in January 1959. Originally the restaurant was called KC Drive-In Restaurant. It was a drive-in and specialized in breakfast and lunch. In 1967, the restaurant expanded, a bar was added, and the place was renamed Little Italy (and the Italian menu was introduced). While business boomed through the '90's, the last decade has been tough for the restaurant (and surrounding area). Caltis has sold the land to new developers who plan on tearing down the existing structure and opening a new restaurant. Little Italy has always been a stand-out for great home-cooked Italian fare. Thanks to Little Italy for all of the memories! You will be missed!