I have eaten at Mercato both times I was in Charleston. From the hostess to the servers, the hospitality is superb. The food was wonderful. The entire experience was what I expect of the finest restaurants in any city in the world.
We strolled in on a Friday night after driving 9 hours, just before they closed. Gary welcomed us with open arms, and before we know it we had a private Naples dining experience for five. What amazing hosts, and the food was fabulous. Going back in May to see our new best buddies for dinner!
I took my wife there for our anniversary dinner and couldn't have been happier. The food was some of the best Italian food we've ever had. The waiter was great and his recommendations were dead on. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, but we couldn't stop even though we were stuffed. Next time we're going to try their Cicchetti menu which is the Italian version of Tapas so we can try multiple dishes.
when Lombardis opened on Jim Isle, I was ecstatic; a red sauce Italian restaurant right on the island. I so desperately wanted to like it, I went three times. Sorry, even with the friendly owner checking each and every table at least twice during their service, the food just didn't cut it.
La Tabella is a different kettle of fish, (they really don't servce a kettle of fish). On my first visit, I tried the spaghetti with marinari sauce, figuring if they coudn't make red sauce, it will spare me another trip. If a place can't handle the basics, the rest of the menu would follow suit. Happily, they nailed it.
La Tabella offers a large menu that should have something for everyone.
I'll be going back soon.
This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to! I am addicted to the amazing pizza, I have been ruined for all other pizzas. The dessert selections are so incredible I had them do my wedding cake. That cake was the most talked about part of my wedding. I plan to remain a loyal customer!
The quality of the bread foreshadowed the quality of the meal: it left a lot to be desired. The bread was mushy, with no discernible crust and a dense interior. The mussels' white wine broth was much too sweet and lacked some needed acidity. The tomato basil sauce in the linguine and meatballs tasted like it was straight from a Ragu jar. I expected more as I have had fantastic meals at Uno Mas, another Dine with Sal establishment. Pass on this restaurant: this is not real Italian.
I've been going here ever since it first opened, and I've never been disappointed. The service has always been great, the food is always excellent, and the prices are so reasonable. The gnocchi is probably my hands down favorite meal. ever. I think i will make a reservation for this week!
First time, it was dee-licious. Second time, ugh, must have been a busboy-trainer's first attempt for chefhood; big disappointment. Perhaps the chef cooks only for his favorite groupy customers...
I've come here for drinks more than a few times and always enjoyed myself, but after eating my first meal here this weekend I left less than impressed. My water glass was nearly always empty, the gnocchi was ok but bland (my dates ravioli was better but not great), and the tiramisu was terrible... It was somehow watery at the bottom, and I suspect it may have been frozen at one point??? The only thing I would recommend is the lemon sorbet.
Bottom line, you can find much better on the peninsula for the same price.
Everything about LaTabella's not only met my expectations going in, but well exceeded them. We were extremely pleased with not only the food, but the exceptional service we received this past weekend. The waiters were friendly and knowledgeable and both the chef and owners were circulating from table to table checking in with their customers throughout the meal. I'm so excited to have a new restaurant that serves delicious food while making you feel like you're eating with one big family!
My wife and I recently went to the Red Pepper on the advice of our nexr door neighbors who are from Naples Italy who said it was the best Italian food they have eaten since moving here 6 months ago from Naples. After looking on the web at theredpepper.com we decided to go there for new years eve. We started with spicy fresh mussel dish with a hot creamy tomato sauce and Carpaccio which is paper thin filet of beef that was served on a large dinner plate with chopped red onions, capers, artichoke hearts, and parmesan. Our salads were served chilled with a house balsamic vinegar and olive oil. For dinner I had the mountain trout encrusted with crushed pistachios and fontina cheese over angel hair pasta tossed in a creamy sundried tomato sauce. My wife had the Italian chicken pot pie full of fresh veggies and
topped with puff pastry. Both dishes were wonderful and our waiter had us try a bottle of Fiano from Naples which was a perfect to our food. Our waiter also recommended that we try the homemade tartufo with a glass of dessert wine. We cannot say enough about the Red Pepper as the staff took care of our every need and made us feel right at home. We loved the ambience of this 100 year old home turned into a Italian restaurant and we are looking forward to also dining on the outside porch and patio.
My daughter is writing this review bc she and my husband went out without me.
La Tabella's service and food was very good. There have been alot of changes from the old set up (Lombardi's). There is even a small bar inside for all you people who want to chill out in a nice small place (they have half price wine specials by the glass on certain days).
We ordered the Manicotti and the Penne Bologenese. They were both delicious. They were well cooked and came out quickly and hot.
The service was quick and the waitress was very attentive, she always made sure we were perfectly content during our time there.
We are so lucky we have a great Italian place close to our home... we will definatley be visting there again soon.
This little gem gets better with time. Besides the wonderful food that is authentic Southern Italian, they now have a wonderful singer who shares great Italian songs! Bello, Cuoco Pazzo!
Al Di La - What a great time.
My boyfriend and I went to Al Di La this New Years Eve and had dinner. We were greeted at the door by (what I later learned was) the owner of the restaurant, a very handsome dark haired man. Because we did not have reservations, were sat after waiting a few minutes at the bar for a table in the dining room. After being sat we were informed of all the specials of the night by our server, who seemed to really understand what he was talking about. I had the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter, pine nuts, and sage...by boyfriend had the strangozzi spolentina, I of course had a few bites myself it was this thick shoe string like pasta with sausage pancetta in a nutmeg, lemon, cream sauce. (the server said they make their pasta and sausage in house which was impressive to me). Wow, I could keep going but I hate reading long reviews (ironic I know)...To sum it all up I had a great experience at Al Di La...The service was great and the food even better!
Great experience all around; menu, service, quality, ambiance! The Wild Olive has made my "Charleston Favorites" list. Well worth the short drive to Johns Island.
We eat there regularly and believe that it is the best value downtown for exceptional food at reasonable prices. The antipasti are phenomenal, especially the vegetable one. The porkchop is unbelievable and all of the seafood specials are wonderful. For a real treat go on Sunday for a fixed menu at $34 per person.
Kudos for a vegetarian-friendly good dining option.
Loved the food from the first and have been back with friends as often as I can. Vegetarian offerings are important to me, and theirs are great. Friendly, affordable, delicious. Tiramisu is wonderful, so save room for it.
I forgot to provide a star rating. I went there again last night, received terrific service and delectable fare once again... for the price you can't beat it. The prosciutto-wrapped quail, pork shoulder roast, fire-roasted olives, butternut squash soup, and a bottle of valpolicella for the win.
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