B: I'm not going to say this is the "best" restaurant in town, however one might judge that, but it is my favorite.
The spaghetti bolognese is so incredibly simple, and yet one of the most sublime dishes at any restaurant in town. The perfectly made tomato base, with a generous compliment of rosemary, makes this dish more than one would ever guess from reading the menu description.
The pork osso bucco is my latest discovery on the menu. Come hungry, because the sauce assures the waitress will have to pry the plate from your hands.
Of course, this assumes you manage to order off the menu, a difficult feat given the tempting and daily changing specials board (typically K's favorite option).
I think Bocci's is a average Italian restaurant.
It's a great choice if you are downtown and don't want to spend a lot. Located on church, its right in the middle of everything. - agentguerry -
Best Italian in the Charleston Area! Be sure to make reservations, or arrive early to sit at the bar to eat. Recomendations are the scallop risotto, and the tomato soup. The caprese is really fresh also. great wine list with great service. We eat there on a regular. - agent.guerry -
I have eaten at Pane e Vino many times and have never been anything but pleased. Every restaurant has off nights and, to be sure, there is no good excuse, but I really like everything about the place. It is in my Top Ten in it's price range and shows up several pricier restaurants.
Regarding previous message from long gone in folly - I have served in the past 5 years and worked in restaurants for about 8 yrs full-time (all kinds, several positions). There might be reasons for the staff not doing their job, but there are never excuses for doing a bad job - if the staff was overextended, then the responsibility falls on management... actually it always ultimately falls on mgmt regardless. However, being "underwhelmed" by service should not be defended by anyone in our profession. Ever. That just perpetuates the myth that servers really don't care about their jobs.
How about this, before anyone is allowed to complain about service, you must have seriously waited on a table in the last 5 years. There is a valid explanation for every last complaint posted in the previous comment. If you've served recently, I'm sure you can think of 5.
Regret to say that the food lacks flavor and character, to me. I did not enjoy this second experience any more than the first, and I won't be going back. The "garlic" bread seemed to have air-kissed the garlic, the rest of the food was insipid. Service however was courteous and prompt. With determined addition of spices and herbs, things could be much better. I hope it happens.
I was underwhelmed by our first visit last weekend mostly due to service issues. Upon making reservations we asked to be seated outside. When we were seated inside I asked the host to let me know if there were outdoor tables. She said she would and never returned. Our server knew the menu well and we enjoyed our appetizer, entree's & wine. I was surprised our server never returned to fill our wine glasses, though another server kept our water glasses filled. The space is very cozy and food is well prepared. My experience may be unique, as I imagine they were deluged with Spoleto guests.
Great food, reasonably priced. I recommend the gnocchi and calzones.
Great little place out in West Ashley. Conveniently located off of Sam Rittenburg. Great value for a quick lunch or a cozy dinner. The staff was really friendly and courteous. Don't expect to be blown away, or ripped off for that matter.
Something changed. We ate there three weeks ago. In a word -- awful. The salad was brown! I had the house specialty, wild boar. It did not taste as good a Dinty Moore stew. What ever it was created a lower GI probelm.
Service was helter skelter but attentive. This is not a place to eat unless something is changed...again!
"Authentic" is a joke... watered down tomato sauce and overcooked pasta.
Ate there a few months ago, but from what I remember it was very good. Reasonably priced and good food. Nice selection of entrees...and desserts. Service was good. Probably can get a little crowded and noisy with a full house. Highly recommend.
Went there a few months ago, so my memory may not be the best. Our whole group (5 of us) were somewhat disappointed. There wasn't much selection of entrees, the portions were too small and extremely pricey. The food we ate didn't really impress anyone. I know the restaurant had not been open long, so maybe they had growing pains, but, there are too many restaurants in Charleston to return to this one again.
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