Wow! On Saturday night we had one of the best meals we've ever had in Charleston at Al Di La.
Wow. Al di la is hands down the best Italian food in Charleston. Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Highly recommend the pork and lamb dishes while you are there paired with something from their wine menu. SO GOOD. This restaurant will definitely be a repeat visit on my next trip to Charleston.
My husband and I first went to Bacco a few months ago (after passing it numerous times and saying "we need to try that place!"). It was everything we had hoped for and more. The bread is magical - very crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. The half-carafe of red wine is tasty and reasonably priced. The fettuccini alfredo is full of flavor but not as heavy as others I've had/ But the star of the place for me is the PAPPARDELLE AL TELEFONO. So simple, yet so amazing. It's just pappardelle pasta with house-made mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil, but it's probably the best tomato sauce I've ever had. It's a dish I dreamed about afterwards. We've now made it somewhat of a tradition to go for a date night on Friday night when we're in town. I can't say enough good things about this place! You absolutely have to try it!
A disappointment. Lighting so dim made it very hard to read the menu. Brushchetta app only so-so. The antipasto tray for $16 had only a few lackluster tidbits. Place ran out of BREAD! A few hard pieces at our table, that was it.
While some at my table enjoyed their food, several did not...when a patron tried to discuss with owner, he was VERY rude to her...never, never is this acceptable, guy.
Just lost our patronage on a permanent basis.
Fulton Five is my favorite restaurant. The food is delicious, the staff is wonderful and the dining area is lovely.
its been awhile but I have been to Alessandra's many times and I do not understand why there are no stars for the rating. The fettucine alfredo is superb! It tastes so fresh, you can tell that there is the freshest cream and butter in the sauce. They have one of the best tiramisius around. It is a very pleasant quiet spot for great food and service!
Solid, but unspectacular.
Maybe I'm spoiled. Growing up in the Boston area, I was always spoiled by the North End and the Italian eateries in that area. When I lived in the area, I would look for the place that looked like the biggest dive and go in. The best place I have ever eaten Italian in was a little sea foam green two story house, total mom & pop outfit with plastic table cloths and Sinatra posters on the wall. I was hoping Mondo's being tucked in that shopping center would live up to that standard.
It was good, but I've definitely had better. The bread is good, but I'd rather have the bread at EVO or Amalfi's. I usually test an Italian place by their spaghetti and meatballs. It's a bread and butter dish, you either do it well or you don't. Mondo's was "meh". The meat mixture is fine. The beef, veal and pork combo is pretty standard. It was the texture that killed me. It was all so fine that all I could think of was that they put the meat in the food processor and then formed it. Pasta was cooked just fine, but that is cardinal sin to screw up. The problem was that there was so damn much of it. Just complete carb overkill. The red sauce is good. A good sauce can make up for a league average meatball, and frankly this sauce just didn't do that.
Not to mention that the place is a cavern. It is tremendously loud in there, which wasn't necessarily bad considering there were 8 in my party (with two kids under 5). But I couldn't imagine going there on date night without a megaphone. I would go back to give it another shot (it wasn't so bad that it doesn't warrant another chance), but I would prefer someone else pay this time.
Way over priced for mediocre food. If you can open a jar and cook boxed pasta, save your money and eat at home.
We've been to Bella Napoli several times (for lunch). We've sampled their pizza, Sausage Roll, Spaghetti with Pomodoro sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo etc. The food is universally excellent with some of it being the best I've ever had (your kidding me if anyone finds their food 'microwaved').
My minor critique is that their pizzas are just a touch cheese heavy (and they'll reduce it if asked) and the before meal bread is 'meh'. Also, time for new carpet guys.
The service has been very good. Its so strange that our experience has been so different from some the reviews. Maybe a time of day thing? My advice, try it for yourself and make up your own mind.
Since the reviews have been 50/50 - as an optimist (and a fan of the WA La Fontana) I had hopes. I'm writing this as I now have hopes of not being sick. The wine was passible - no liquor license. The pasta "special" - ravioli of spinach, ricotta and walnuts - $22. The pasta was probably made 2-3 days ago. The "cream" sauce was brownish-grey and as thick as mashed potatoes. The Saltimbocca was drenched in turkey gravy (Cisco have a sale?) We tried a quarter of our plates. Even though Antonio, our server, was charming and attentive, he knew the problems had no solution and advised the chef 'knew little English' and 'might be uncaring' . He was delicate about the possible encounter. We wanted to like this place and call it an off night, maybe visit again for the red gravy, our check ($22 for ravioli?) warranted a talk with the chef / cook. He started with "everyone else loves the food" to "I'm very busy (four tables in the restaurant, we were the last to enter @ 6:30 p.m.) I'll forgive a restaurant for an off night, but not a chef / cook for not caring. Full disclosure - he didn't let us pay for our meal in spite our willingness to do so, but his curse dismissal of us gave the initiative for this review so others can judge. However, if any old school restaurant is looking for a dedicated server, seek out Antonio - he's charming.
Man, this place is great!! Almost as Italian as Olive Garden!!
What happened to Gennaro's? As a former denizen of NYC of Italian extraction I found that Gennaro's was the only place that had the gravy similar to what I'm used to. I had dinner this week and I think that the economy is taking a toll on them and they are now cutting corners. Salad; outer leafs of lettuce, one olive, two tomatoe slices and an onion? Weak... The alfredo was disappointing as the sauce tasted and had the textrure of library paste with a faint cheese taste. Very disappointing. It seems that they are cutting back and trying to stretch a few ingredients. It will be a while before I consider trying them again.
Ate there last night for the first time, as I was kinda stuck on AlDiLa for my italian. Completely different vibe; very comfy country feel to the space as well as the menu. Start with the $19 bottle wine special, the Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir is a steal and was flying out to the tables. Grab the carpaccio, but split it, it's big. In fact, everything seemed big as I looked around. Certainly the veal scallopine and the Garganelli with braised pork ragu we ordered were big enough for the next day's lunch. I have to mention the staff. From greeting, (they obviously have regulars as shown by the hugs) to the table, (Michael was our waiter and very good at his job, you almost want him to sit down and join you.) But most impressive was the scanning of the room by everyone there. Every one of them look at everything as they go by, and whoever that guy in the kitchen whites was with his hands folded behind his back as he checked plates going out is scary good.
OK, here's the downside, felt a little too far away from my date at the two top. No star loss on that, next time I will try to hit one of those cushioned banquet booths!
Great food, great atmosphere, great service, worth every penny.
Thanks to Bocci's I am able to be lazy and not have to worry about cooking good Italian at home anymore. Now I can just go there for great Italian! My father is Italian and a bit of a foodie who prides himself on being able to distinguish great Italian from Fazoli's. He was thoroughly impressed with the tuscan duck, and I really enjoyed the grilled salmon. This quaint little place has a nice authentic atmosphere with a friendly waitstaff and a terrific selection of food to suit any taste. They are gluten and vegan friendly too!
Bocci's is a decent little Italian joint. Great food for the price. The tuscan duck was one of the best dishes I've ever had. Nice downtown location is definitely worth a try if your're in the area.
Not the best Italian food! Way too pretentious and pricey.
Have been there three times now and each time we have had superb meals, creativity and flavor went hand And hand. exceptionally good appetizers and superb service by Casey our server and Drew in the kitchen.
Isn't mediochre a color?
I have been to Bella Napoli several times and have never had a bad experience.The waitstaff are great, one little girl is a little snooty; but the rest are wonderfully welcoming.
The food is authentic and fresh. I am sure the people griping are used to the "chef boyrdee" stuff that the Olive Garden and Carrabas microwaves and calls some ridiculous name.
The specials are usually the best thing on the menu.
The place is in a strip mall and the decor doesn't live up to "mt plastic" but it lends the type of atmosphere that you find in Italy in the little towns...
I care about great, fresh food and that is what they serve at Bella Napoli.
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