WHAT HE LACKS in formal culinary training, Frank Scibelli makes up for in resourcefulness and business acumen. When Scibelli opened his first restaurant, back in 1992, he was unable to find a source for fresh mozzarella in Charlotte, NC — so he found someone to show him how to do it. Today the cheese is but one reason that restaurant, Mama Ricotta's, perennially ranks as one of the city's favorites. He expanded it in 2001, then added three more concepts: a Mexican cantina ...

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