I would have to agree with the other posts. I love Italian and rarely have a bad experience with it. I would choose Fazoli's over going to Joe Pasta again. Our service was bad - we never received bread, while other tables did, and the food was just not good. It tasted like it came pre-prepared and frozen to the restaurant and they heated it back up in the microwave.
That place is awful. i got chicken alfredo take-out recently. When i got the food home it was plain noodles, no sauce, no chicken....just plain, cooked noodles.
Seemed to be MUCH better when it was La LA Lucies, andyone know if it is the same owners?
I am a charlestonian that enjoys dinning out. I want to cover alot of ground and when I find a gem I revisit that restaraunt. I took some of my younger friends to Joe Pasta, not expecting the best food in Charleston but just a good tasting, fast, affordable meal. Little did I know that I was taking my friends into the worst dining experience of their lives. Our waitress was uniformed and clumsy. She sold us on a special that 20 minutes after ordering, came to inform us that the kitchen wouldn't make it for us because they were about to close. She informed us of this at 9pm...the restaraunt was closing at 11pm. After that she spilled a drink on one of my friends and had no means of cleaning up her mess. While we waited over 90 minutes for our food, kitchen staff came out of the kitchen to eat from the pasta buffet that we sat beside. When I asked the waitress to speak with the manager, the manager sent the waitress back to offer free bread. Free bread?! Gee Thanks. I told her to get the manager. The owner came to the table, which I politely pulled aside to not make a scene and told him about the problems with our dinning experience. Instead of offering a solution, the owner made me feel like I was wrong for being upset and told me we didn't have to eat if we didn't want to. At this point it was 10:40pm and my friends were hungry and tired. I told the owner to bring out the food and we can talk after the meal. The food came out shortly after and it was horrible, not to mention one of my friends got sick from it. I could go on, but to wrap this up, I would suggest to everyone to avoid eating at this restaraunt at all costs. If this was the only restaraunt in South Carolina and we were in a famine, I would walk to another state.
My wife and I had dinner at Bacco by chance on a Friday evening and were really impressed by the quality of the food, the attentiveness of the staff and the experience in general. Although we originally planned for a quick and inexpensive dinner out, we couldn’t help but to let our stomachs get the best of us. Even with a bottle of wine, appetizers (olives!), salads and delicious homemade pasta entrees, the bill remained reasonable – particularly when you consider how delicious everything is. We ended the meal with some of the best coffee and biscotti I can remember. As so many other restaurants begin to lose focus on food and service at the cost of being trendy, it’s great to know that a wonderful Italian meal is just over a couple of bridges at Bacco.
Being a "downtowner" & considering myself somewhat cultured in dining, I must say Mercato is definitely in the top of my list of places to dine. The atmosphere of Mercato's is one of the best in Charleston. (It reminds me of one of those good movies, where you feel like youre in disney world... kind of surreal) The food is great, the menu may be small so make sure in the mood for high end pastas or pizzas when you go.
If youre not in the mood for food, at least have a drink at the bar, you wont be disappointed.
Was very dissapointed with this restauraunt. I had heard great things so decided to give it a try. It was late on a Sat night and it was actually not busy at all. We sat in the front area with several other small occupied tables. We ordered a bottle of wine that didn't end up coming out until after we got our appetizers. We overheard the couple next to us complain that one of them had not gotten their drink yet and their main entre had already came out. The food was ok, but the service was awful. The waitress was very absent to not only us but the others seated around us. We expected more.
I thought the meal was outstanding. Ordered the lasagna and can not say enough about how delicious this dish was. For $17 bucks, it was absolutely the best lasagna I have ever had. They not only make their own pasta, but also their own sausage!
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.
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