Tria Terra

From tapas to Italian to Low Country, then back to tapas, and, yes, even a steak house, these are the top new places to eat

Written by Jon Luther and Richard Thurmond
Photographs by Chris Edwards

 
Tria Terra
7707 Pineville-Matthews Road,
704-541-2924

The tapas att tiny Tria Terra are outstanding. (Chris Edwards)

The tapas att tiny Tria Terra are outstanding. (Chris Edwards)

Owners Patricio Campoverde and Esteban Vintimilla have transformed this former Moe's burrito joint into a sixty-seater that swings and surprises. Ecuadoran by birth and New York City-bred, Campoverde's stint in Spain shows that he was indeed a good pupil, as the tapas is superb. Try the classic patatas bravas, waxy yellow potatoes with garlic and paprika. Or the sublime pimentos rellenos con queso de cabra, a ripe roasted whole red pepper stuffed with goat cheese. Also fantastic is the selection of paella, perfect for two or more (and Tria Terra is most fun with a group). Pair it with a wineskin-worthy Rioja, and you are Hemingway, about to be gored by bulls.

 

All in the Family
Campoverde and Vintimilla are brothers-in-law.

Cross-Town Ties
Sister restaurant is Fiamma, in Dilworth.

Get This
Gambas al ajillo—wild shrimp with white wine and garlic.

Tough to Shake
It's next to a Chuck E. Cheese.

 

Categories: Feature, Food + Drink, Restaurants & Food