Loved every bite! I can't wait to go back and try more antipasti dishes (mostly the different cheeses)
The duck sausage paired with the hand-made gnocchi made for an excellent dish!
The hanger steak looked delicious as well, although very large. We can't wait to go back!
This place has gone down the tubes and hit rock bottom. Ever since the original owner sold, prices have spiked, service has gone downhill, and food quality has faltered almost to the point of disrepair. This used to be my favorite restaurant in all of Charleston. I used to recommend to friends and anyone who would ask about good eats. I can no longer recommend it in good conscience with the current management and the waiters that have turned this place into a nightmare dining experience.
I'm just going to say that mercato was not one of the best experiences I've had and I have eaten at almost every restaurant in charleston living here my whole life. I'm not going to bad mouth the entire restaurant, because the food is good. I will not go back though just because of the service. I went with a large group of friends whom are all in the hospitality business and all of use had to have our bills corrected. Random drinks were added to our bills and itemized reciepts were neglected to be presented to use. This just makes me suspicious of the staff. I'm not going to recommend this restaurant to guests.
I have been 3 times and everything i have ever ordered, from entrees to specials, is truly amazing and very affordable. Great wait staff and half-priced wine monday-thursday. I will go back again and again
I finally got to try Bacco's for a birthday gathering after many months of lamenting the passing of Gilda's terrific brunches, and in short I was completely satisfied by both the food and atmosphere. Everyone at my table seemed to enjoy every facet of every course, from cocktails through dessert.
For starters, my dirty martini was excellent, though the waiter informed me that they normally make them with vodka. These crazy kids and their crazy, half-ass mixology. The bartender was more than adept with the gin, either way. The wine selection was solid without being overwhelming, and the prices were good for an upscale sit-down. We were able to select a good Chianti Classico to pair with all courses. The complimentary bread was light and flavorful, and accompanied both the grilled olives and adventurous house salad wonderfully.
While the menu is set up as a traditional antipasta-primi-secondi meal plan, my group seemed content to have just full portions of the pasta dishes. Orocchiette with sausage turned two of my normally-reserved lady friends into gold-medal-worthy members of the clean plate club; I eventually caught up to their gusto. The in-house-made pasta was a winner in every dish... flavorful, tender and springy al dente perfection. The sauces were light and complimentary to the meat and pasta leads in each dish.
While we mostly skipped the secondi plates, fearing a caloric-induced coma, the selections were quite tempting. One of the group thoroughly enjoyed his pork belly dish. Note to any vegetarians: every dish has meat, including the salad! The kitchen follows the classic southern philosophy that anything can be made better with the addition of bacon/prosciutto/cured meat in general.
Dessert was a hit with all those that sampled the ricotta-citrus cheesecake or the limoncello-saturated pound cake that graced our plates.
Throughout the meal, the candle-light, classy linen, and subdued paint scheme gave the room a wonderful, warm glow. The volume level was lively but certainly nothing like a Wild Wings environment. The service, while slow, was very accommodating to our desire to savor the meal and company slowly. The prices are also not like Wild Wings, but certainly competitive and indeed reasonable for the quality of food and surroundings. It is difficult to find a restaurant of such class and flavor that can beat Bacco's bottom line.
Ken has done it again....great food, great wine...appetizers, get 3 at a time and nosh for hours...
Went again last night to Al Di La. Ordered the Tagliatelle(pasta,spicy sausage, roasted tomatoes). The dish was very good. The sausage does have some mild spice to it.
Went with a party of three last night, and the place was packed. We were seated pretty quick, but you must have a reservation, or you will be waiting for the night. We all thought that the serving size has definitely gotten smaller since the last time I have went (see above :) )Our waiter was a 7 out of 10. When we were seated, he welcomed another table to the side, taking their drink order, bringing the drinks back, taking their appetizer order, and bringing bread out to them, before even welcoming us to Al Di La.
Still a good place though.
Fulton Five is a diamond in the rough. After being tradionally trained in Italian cuisine, I have yet to find a more appealling restaurant. The loud atmosphere and tight quarters are made up for by knowledgeable staff and perfectly executed dishes. My only suggestion is to come with a big appetite and definitely try the tiramisu.
My boyfriend and I went the other night and I hate to say it but...it was definately not worth the cost. The service was ok but the food was a real bummer. Almost fourteen dollars for a tiny little bowl of pasta that was supposed to have asparagus in it. My boyfriend's meal wasn't much better. Twenty-five dollars for lamp that was supposed to be medium-rare but was instead raw. I was really disappointed with the whole experience. If you really want great food, great service, and fair prices go check out the Fat Hen on John's Island.
It has been a while since I have posted about Al Di La.
Its still the best Italian around the area. My favorite dish, although I love most of them, is the Fettuccine Bolognese. The bread they serve with the meal is so tasty also. Just remember to call ahead or get there early, the place stays packed! agent.guerry
Probably the best pizza in town.
A great place to eat- service is a little slow but worth the wait... (the kitchen is smaller than most restaurants in the downtown Charleston area). Although it's an Italian restaurant, the local atmosphere is definitely enticing with the feel of a closely knit community surrounding you. The wait staff was attentive and social, making the meal more comfortable than normal. I would definitely recommend a table for a romantic dinner or the bar for a night out with a friend.
I really enjoyed a fantastic meal and a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The service was fantastic, the food delicious and the atmosphere very pleasant for my family and I. I highly recommend this great place to family and friends. Will definitely be going back!
Took the family from upstate NY to Bocci's for the first time after hearing several good reviews from friends, but was sorely disappointed. We tried the spaghetti and meatballs, and eggplant parm. The sauce was not even as good as out of a jar, the meatballs had an unusual taste,and the eggplant just tasted like italian breadcrumbs. Service and atmosphere were OK, but they'd have to do a whole lot better for us to go back. Too many other places in CHS to try..suggest check out others first.
Horrible service, the servers and bartenders do not seem to know that they are there to wait on people. Terrible Food, bad atmosphere. I agree with everyone else. I would not dine here if it were the last restaurant in Charleston. DO NOT DINE HERE!!!!
I went to Joe Pasta for the first time in October 2007 and it was INCREDIBLE! Delicate pasta (I had the lasagna), amazing wine, impeccable, prompt, courteous service. I told all my friends, and even touristy strangers on the street wondering which restaurant to choose, that they MUST go to this restaurant - it is WONDERFUL!!
A return trip with friends in December was an EMBARASSMENT! BURNED pasta (I ordered the exact same menu item as the first time because I had loved it SO much), so-so wine, sloppy, indifferent service......WHAT HAPPENED???? I could not even eat my entree because the bottom of the lasagna was so badly burned. It practically took an Act of Congress to get the waiter to take it away, let alone credit our bill for the inedible food (which they DID do before we left). Two months and the place had spiralled out of control.......WHAT HAPPENED???
I found Michaelangelos to be very family-oriented(kids night Thusday),with friendly staff and delicious italian fare. the thin crust pizza was also a hit. what better to end a great meal than homemade dessert!(chocolate mousse cake). Thanks for a great evening
Every restaurant has its off-days, and it looks like this restaurant has had one. I loved the atmosphere and the cheese sampler (appetizer) is definitely worth trying! It made our meal more fun and enjoyable to sample different things :)
If you're looking for a nice night out with friends, family, or that special someone, I would definitely recommend this place. Request the courtyard - its very nice. The front room is nice as well, but watching people walk by can be distracting as it is open to the street. The one downside, I think, is that they don't play any Italian music which I think always enhances an Italian atmosphere.
I would certainly recommend Bocci's! They have a wonderful selection of different Italian dishes, wines, and appetizers and it is in a great location. The atmosphere is very Tuscan, and if you're looking for a nice dinner out or a good date locale, then this is it. Of course there are some nicer (as in fine dining) Italian places downtown, but if you don't want to go all out, this is the place for you. I take all my friends here who come in from out of town. After dinner, take a walk around downtown since it is located right near everything!
They should rename it CRAP PASTA
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