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This quaint Italian eatery is tucked away in a quiet corner of downtown Charleston’s Elliotsborough. Fresh pasta is prepared every night, from tagliolini and cavatelli to bucatini. The authentic pastas are tossed with local produce and seafood to create unforgettable dishes. The cresenza with wild ramp brodo was even highlighted by New York Magazine as one of the top pastas in the country.
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Mondo’s Italian Restaurant
Serving up fresh pasta to James Island locals for over a decade, you don’t want to miss out on Mondos. Their special pasta dishes include a Bolognese slow simmered in a rich Chianti tomato sauce and a freshly made Linguine coupled with scallops and pancetta.
Fratello’s Italian Tavern
This menu is inspired and derived from tried and true recipes passed down through generations of Italian lineage. Fratello’s family owned business takes pride in their authentic pasta dishes. From their mouthwatering lasagna to their Fra Diavolo di Mare, you’re guaranteed to leave with a happy and full stomach.
Chef Michael Toscano is serving up lunch, brunch, and dinner at this modern approach to authentic Italian cuisine. Their large pasta menu includes all handmade noodles, including Fideos, Agnolotti, Ricotta Gnudi and more. Stop by and sit on the festive outside patio and one of the only Italian brunches in town.
Located right off King Street, Vincent Chicco’s serves upscale Italian cuisine with domestic ingredients in a sophisticated atmosphere. The handmade pasta and sauces are hard to beat in the Lowcountry. The man behind the name, Vincent Chicco’s was an immigrant from Italy who was known as the “king of blind tigers,” fighting against prohibition in Charleston and becoming a local hero. Visitors must also try the Tortellini Al Uovo with house-made tortellini.
Looking for a perfect date night spot? This small Italian restaurant has been named the most romantic restaurant in 1998-2014. Complete with dim candlelight, authentic music, and a rustic feel, you’ll feel like you’ve transported yourself straight to Italy.
Located on Upper King Street in downtown Charleston, serves legendary hand-crafted pasta. Salumi and cured sausages are made in-house. Executive Chef Elliot Cusher has even been recognized in national newspapers and food magazines. Venture outside your usual classic Italian dishes and try the goat cheese ravioli, complete with sweet potato, hazelnuts, and sage.
Take a break shopping and sightseeing in the heart of downtown Charleston by stopping in at Monza. Named after an Italian superspeedway, Monza’s walls are littered with historic pictures of the races, including Ferrari paraphernalia and sports cars. You can’t go wrong picking between their freshly made lasagna, bolognese, carbonara, and vodka sauce dishes.