Who We Are
Lit’l Pond Hospitality Group adopted two well-established and well-loved restaurants in 2017. Morganton-based Cucina Rustica and La Pizzeria at Cucina Rustica, opened by longtime friends of Danny Mellman and Michelle Moran, nearly a decade ago. When the owners were thinking of retiring, Danny & Michelle saw the opportunity to own the land where our restaurants would live. So they purchased the two Italian-style concepts and brought in Danny’s touch with fresh ingredients and classic European culinary methods.
Cucina Rustica is focused on a fine dining experience with Danny’s interpretation of Old World Italian foods from Sicilian fish dishes to Northern Italian pastas and everything in between.
La Pizzeria at Cucina is your classic New York-style pizza place. A place where everyone knows your name and what you like on your pie. We love that – we both grew up with those classic places in our hometowns in Connecticut and Philadelphia.
The new space we’re calling Terra Madre in Morganton allows us years of design, both inside and outside. From innovative food introductions to creating a sense of place where our guests can come and not only dine, but also celebrate in our love story. It truly is a love story of food, place, people and sharing.
We look forward to many more years of cherishing those celebrations.
Danny Mellman & Michelle Moran
Lit’l Pond Hospitality Group
We would love to hear about your experience or answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to call us at (706) 374-7474 or use the form below to contact us. Please note that we do not accept reservations via email. Please call for reservations.