Bottom line: Better than most Italian restaurant in the QC!
I am not as experienced as Maria when it comes to Italian food but I am still extremely picky about it. After multiple visits to Italy I have to admit that I have a very hard time paying over $12 for a pasta dish unless it is incredibly well made, and sadly, that is usually not the case at most Italian restaurants that I have been to in Charlotte. I am happy to report that this wasn’t the experience with Rudy’s.
I found myself visiting Rudy’s with my mother on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant is located in the busy Piper Glen shopping center. Upon walking the first thing to be seen is the bar area with the dining area behind it. There is also outside seating available. I can see this being a good place to bring a date. We were the only ones there as it still happened to be too early for dinner. The staff at the restaurant were very polite and took the time to explain the different dishes. The menu is your typical italian fare and definitely a little steep in pricing.
Like any proper Italian restaurant the meal started with the bread. Aside from butter we were given a side of white beans to eat with the bread. My mother decided to have the lasagna (I had dish envy after her food arrived). The lasagna is a meat lasagna and according to the restaurant is the owner’s mom’s recipe. A creamy sauce is used instead of ricotta cheese which results in a lighter dish. After I tried several bites (mother’s are awesome!) of my mother’s dish I wished that I had made the same choice. I had the Tortellini di carne. This dish is meat tortellini tossed with alfredo sauce, prosciutto, and peas. The prosciutto really made the dish for me and served to give a more bold flavor. Otherwise the dish would have been too bland for me.
When we left I forgot my left overs on the table and the waiter was kind enough to chase after me and make sure I got it. I don’t eat Italian food frequently but when I do make that choice Rudy’s is a place that I will consider, and when I do I will probably order their delicious lasagna!