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The Palm Restaurant Review: Founded in New York almost a century ago by a pair of Italian immigrants, The Palm now has numerous U.S. and international locations. Descendants of the founders still operate the company. Opened in 1997, Charlotte’s The Palm shows the restaurants' signature décor: plenty of mahogany, leather, and caricatures of sports legends and celebrities. Beginning as an Italian establishment, The Palm evolved a menu with classics that include many American standards: Italian-inspired veal dishes; shrimp or crab cocktail; dry-aged steaks (the bone-in dry-aged strip, for instance); Nova Scotia lobster; jumbo lump crab cakes. Vegetarians will enjoy a selection of salads or a substantial vegetable plate. For dessert, consider the flourless chocolate cake. All patrons --- including celebrities and bank executives --- may dine in peace in the intimate booths and pick their libation from the 200-label-plus wine list, which focuses on Italian selections. Service is professional.