Ken Vedrinski has been moving steadily toward the sea, bringing his acclaimed Italian cooking with him. He first opened (and then closed) Sienna on Daniel Island, then headed downtown to create Trattoria Lucca. Now, he’s made it all the way to the ocean, taking over the second story spot formerly occupied by Hucks Lowcountry Table and transforming it into Coda del Pesce. It’s a beautiful room, with brick walls and reclaimed wood floors and, in a rarity for the Lowcountry, floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a lovely view of the Atlantic. Within this setting, Vedrinski delivers his signature high-end Italian fare with a few playful twists. Raw yellowfin tuna takes the place of rice in delicious flash-fried arancini, while fresh local flounder gets the braciole treatment that’s traditionally applied to beef: pounded flat, rolled around breadcrumbs and cheese, and cooked in a savory tomato sauce. Masterful pasta anchors the primi selection, like spaghettini with octopus Bolognese sauce and blue crab-filled conchiglioni in a parmesan herb broth or pistachio pesto, depending on the night. The secondi section highlights fresh local fish in preparations like picatta of swordfish and triggerfish peperonata in a rich chicken sugo. Pair them with an impressive selection of Italian wines, and you’ll have one splendid fish tale to share with friends. —Robert Moss Dish (Summer 2013)
Waterfront view with a menu packed full of Italian seafood specialties like fritto misto, braciole, crudo, and calamari based on availability. Pasta made fresh in-house.
Features: Outdoor Dining, Dinner, Waterfront
Hours: D, nightly