I love to eat! The proof is in my waistline :)
Bella Napoli is a classic, family owned Italian-American restaurant. For me it feels like home.
As an Italian-American myself, I love going to Bella Napoli, not just for the food, but for the experience I get interacting with the staff and other patrons. It feels like home. Chef Gary treats everyone like they are his kin. The wait staff is just a friendly, warm and welcoming, especially our favorite waiter, Chuck. Ask for him next time you are in and you will not be disappointed.
But lets talk about the food. It is absolute heaven. Everything is fresh made everyday from scratch, even down to the ladyfingers they use in the Tiramisu. Chef Gary invited my boyfriend and me back to the kitchen our first visit to take a look at the operation. I have seen living proof of the love and hard work that goes into this restaurant and I am impressed and thankful that this place is in my own neighborhood.
Their specials never disappoint, my favorite so far being a seafood manicotti. They also make amazing Chicken Marsala. Whatever brand of Marsala they are using in this dish is perfecto!
Ignore any negative comments about this place. They are not true!
I can only comment on the food I've ordered from here as I have never actually dined in. I like this place because they actually deliver to The Citadel where I work. The delivery time was accurate to the time quoted to me and my food was delivered hot. Delivery was also FREE, which is awesome.
As for the taste, I ordered the Pad Thai which was just ok. It was not terrible, just a little bland. I asked for regular spicy but this had the opposite of any spice. I suppose to get it to be even remotely spicy you will have to ask for hot. The shrimp was overcooked, but that is pretty typical of most places. I would recommend the veggie or chicken Pad Thai.
The menu of this place is kinda weird in that it offers Lowcountry food as well. These options are nothing more than standard Asian offering, fried up and labeled "Lowcountry". Fortunately you will not find any Shrimp and Grits on this menu.
I think Aroma's is a superior option for delivery or take out in comparison to most other Chinese food delivery or take out places. There is no other Thai place that I know of that delivers.
I'm not sure if I would ever venture down the peninsula to dine here, but for the price it wouldn't be a bad option.
The atmosphere of Madra Rua is so very authentic. The food is ok, but the food is not why you come to this place. You come for the beer, the soccer on TV, and the small table's tucked away corners and alcoves. It 100% reminds me of the many little pubs I visited in Temple Bar.
As for the food, it's typical pub food with a few more authentic offerings like Irish beef stew and Shepard's pie (both served with soda bread). Having had both of them, they were a tad bit salty but I suppose that is on purpose so you will drink more beer.
This place is the most unassuming little restaurant I've ever seen or been too. Before coming here the only Japanese food I'd ever had was sushi. I was a little disappointed to find out they don't serve sushi here, but they do it for a reason. The reason is that it allows them to spend more time on traditional Japanese entrees that are often really, really terrible at other Japanese restaurants that serve sushi.
Although it a bit of a hike for me from next door North Charleston, it is well worth it. The food is pretty amazing by itself but combined with RIDICULOUSLY low prices, this is by far my favorite place to eat in the Charleston area. There is no other place that you can get a huge portion of Sweet Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass for $10. Also try the Ramen bowl. You'll never want to eat a 10 cent package of Top Ramen ever again.
Other notable items on the menu are:
Curry Potato Croquettes
Trust me this place is worth the drive from wherever you are.
This place is amazing. It is truly a unique experience that I have not had yet in Charleston. We got both the buffet and the Brazilian Grill. There are no menu's to order from. This is also not a place for vegetarians (although there is a salad bar, it leaves much to be desired). What is compelling about this place is the meat and a few choice items from the small buffet. Most notably is the Black beans and rice, fried banana's, a zucchini and egg dish which I cannot remember the name of and the potato salad.
The meats were plentiful. There was so much to pick from and the servers were very attentive to coming over often with new types of meats. The favored meat among the three of us was the brisket.
Some of the meats were a bit on the dry side, and could have used a little sauce to go with them, but for the most part I was extremely pleased with both the quality of the food, the attentiveness of the servers and the spotlessness of the restaurant.
On another note, if you are a soccer or futbol fan, this is the place for you. The projection screen is viewable from most parts of the room as well as a bright plasma tv over the bar.
This place is not inexpensive, but its a bargain if you are hungry and want to chow down on lots of yummy slow cooked meats.
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