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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Italian: 5 Stars

Re: “Ristorante Juliet

You got yourselves a brilliant Chef.Congrats and I look forward to dining there soon. Greg and Robin Lavin

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Posted by Robin Whiting-Lavin on July 25, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Amalfi's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

We went to Amalfi's last night.. it was the best food I have ever had the pleasure of eating! The bread comes to the table with a plate of oil and herbs for dipping -- the bread is heavy and filling and tastes so, so good! I got the tomato soup and fettuccine alfredo. The tomato soup was the best I have ever had. It was so creamy and had pieces of tomato in it and just burst with flavor. The fettuccine was so soft and creamy and the best pasta ever. My husband had tortellini, which I tasted, and am not usually a fan of, but again.. Amalfi's did not disappoint!

The vibe was lovely as well as it felt rather intimate/romantic and of course italian. We probably would never have found this place if we hadn't been actively looking for local cuisine in Mount Pleasant and I would agree with the previous reviewer who called it a "hidden gem". I would recommend to anyone who wishes to have a lovely italian meal or a nice date night.

Also, I did want to point out -- it was not overly expensive and actually quite affordable .. for the two of us (no wine or dessert) it was in the $20 range before tax to give you an idea as I understand different people have different understandings of what "affordable" is. Another side note as well.. this was incredibly filling. We would have tried a dessert otherwise.. Will have to try for that next time =)

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Posted by Tiah on August 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Indaco

Outstanding quality, service, and decor. We have always had a great meal - menu has something for everyone. Great location with free parking. Love this place

Posted by bh on January 13, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Indaco

Great service, good food and fun atmosphere. Recommend highly.

Posted by DougSnyderCPA on January 1, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Wild Olive

I have been to Wild Olive on multiple occasions and have always had a wonderful experience. The food is amazing. I lived in Florence, Italy for a while and when I came back to the states I was constantly disappointed in the Italian food. However, when I found Wild Olive I was extremely pleased by the authentic Italian cuisine. The ambiance is perfect for a dinner date or a special occasion. I highly recommend dining at Wild Olive and enjoying a night out in John’s Island!

Posted by vlhutson on December 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Trattoria Lucca

Best Italian in Charleston! Fulton 5 and Pane Y Vino are great, but family night on Monday is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

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Posted by C OB on July 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Amalfi's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

Amalfi's is like a hidden gem in Mt. Pleasant! It's in he back of the shopping center on longpoint. The owner is super friendly and his menu is actually authentic not a recreation. My family dined on a busy Monday night for kids night (kids ate free) and our service made us feel like we were in a five star restaurant! Brandon was really good. We will definately return!

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Posted by GaleA25 on April 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Bacco Italian Restaurant

Bacco is my go-to Italian restaurant in the Charleston area. I have been there many times and have never been disappointed by the food, drinks, or service. I tend to be very picky with Italian food, after living in Italy for a short time. Chef Michael is an expert at recreating and reinventing many of the traditional Italian dishes I love. I especially enjoy his ability to prepare perfect hand made pasta cooked Al dente, as it should be. His main courses are also quite amazing, and we look forward to creative specials like the seared lamb neck. While you are there, make sure you give the home made limoncello a try. I look forward to my next visit. Ciao!

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Posted by brewengineer on April 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Al di La

Wow! On Saturday night we had one of the best meals we've ever had in Charleston at Al Di La.

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Posted by alteredstate on January 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Al di La

Wow. Al di la is hands down the best Italian food in Charleston. Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Highly recommend the pork and lamb dishes while you are there paired with something from their wine menu. SO GOOD. This restaurant will definitely be a repeat visit on my next trip to Charleston.

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Posted by foodlovin23 on January 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Bacco Italian Restaurant

My husband and I first went to Bacco a few months ago (after passing it numerous times and saying "we need to try that place!"). It was everything we had hoped for and more. The bread is magical - very crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. The half-carafe of red wine is tasty and reasonably priced. The fettuccini alfredo is full of flavor but not as heavy as others I've had/ But the star of the place for me is the PAPPARDELLE AL TELEFONO. So simple, yet so amazing. It's just pappardelle pasta with house-made mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil, but it's probably the best tomato sauce I've ever had. It's a dish I dreamed about afterwards. We've now made it somewhat of a tradition to go for a date night on Friday night when we're in town. I can't say enough good things about this place! You absolutely have to try it!

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Posted by Colleen on October 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Fulton Five

Fulton Five is my favorite restaurant. The food is delicious, the staff is wonderful and the dining area is lovely.

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Posted by alteredstate on September 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Bella Napoli

We've been to Bella Napoli several times (for lunch). We've sampled their pizza, Sausage Roll, Spaghetti with Pomodoro sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo etc. The food is universally excellent with some of it being the best I've ever had (your kidding me if anyone finds their food 'microwaved').

My minor critique is that their pizzas are just a touch cheese heavy (and they'll reduce it if asked) and the before meal bread is 'meh'. Also, time for new carpet guys.

The service has been very good. Its so strange that our experience has been so different from some the reviews. Maybe a time of day thing? My advice, try it for yourself and make up your own mind.

Posted by gooseslapper on December 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Wild Olive

Ate there last night for the first time, as I was kinda stuck on AlDiLa for my italian. Completely different vibe; very comfy country feel to the space as well as the menu. Start with the $19 bottle wine special, the Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir is a steal and was flying out to the tables. Grab the carpaccio, but split it, it's big. In fact, everything seemed big as I looked around. Certainly the veal scallopine and the Garganelli with braised pork ragu we ordered were big enough for the next day's lunch. I have to mention the staff. From greeting, (they obviously have regulars as shown by the hugs) to the table, (Michael was our waiter and very good at his job, you almost want him to sit down and join you.) But most impressive was the scanning of the room by everyone there. Every one of them look at everything as they go by, and whoever that guy in the kitchen whites was with his hands folded behind his back as he checked plates going out is scary good.
OK, here's the downside, felt a little too far away from my date at the two top. No star loss on that, next time I will try to hit one of those cushioned banquet booths!

Posted by Sunbums on August 30, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Wild Olive

Great food, great atmosphere, great service, worth every penny.

Posted by Varied1 on August 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Bocci's Italian Restaurant

Thanks to Bocci's I am able to be lazy and not have to worry about cooking good Italian at home anymore. Now I can just go there for great Italian! My father is Italian and a bit of a foodie who prides himself on being able to distinguish great Italian from Fazoli's. He was thoroughly impressed with the tuscan duck, and I really enjoyed the grilled salmon. This quaint little place has a nice authentic atmosphere with a friendly waitstaff and a terrific selection of food to suit any taste. They are gluten and vegan friendly too!

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Posted by BGBob on August 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Trattoria Lucca

I had been hearing about Lucca for a while so my expectations were high, and it definitely did not disappoint. My girlfriends and I went in last night for family night and it was AMAZING!! For our antipasti we got a mixture of items, one of which was the most delicious fried eggplant with a provolone fonduta. It was such a great way to start the meal. For our pasta we got their house made tagliolini with clams cooked in Italian white wine and oven roasted herb tomatoes. The entree was the best chicken I have ever had. Everything from the potatoes and caramelized onions it was over, to how perfectly the chicken was cooked, to the pickled red peppers on top was the best flavor combination ever. I never order chicken when I go out to dinner but I would order that again in a heartbeat. One of my friends is a pescatarian so when the entree came out they accommodated her by making her a parmesan crusted fish dish that was just as amazing as the chicken. The desert lived up to the rest of the meal as well. It was a Chocolate pudding. Now I know that does not sound exiting but the texture was like a really silky crem brule and it was topped with flaked sea salt and candied hazelnuts. Oh, and there was olive oil on top of it too! Might be the best desert I have ever had.

The service was just as impressive as the food. I am a total stranger to Italian wines, so our server described in detail several wines on the menu and gave us amazing recommendations. She was so knowledgable about the food as well. Every course she presented to us she was able to perfectly describe each dish and answer all of our questions about the preparation of the food, and believe me, we had a lot! She, along with the other servers at the restaurant, made sure we were happy throughout the whole meal. The manager even came over at one point to make sure everything was to our liking. I read a review last week that the wait staff there had issues splitting checks but that was not at all the case with our table. We were a party of 6 and they gave us each our own check without any issues at all.

Overall I was extremely happy with our experience. Everything from the food, to the service, to the ambiance was perfect. I has easily become my favorite restaurant in town.

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Posted by tizialbano376 on June 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Taste of India

This place is AWSOME!!!! My husband & I ate there the other night for the 1st time. The antipasto salad (meat, cheeses & marinated veggies) will blow ur mind!!! I had the shrimp alfredo which was hands down the best I have ever ate!! My husband had the steak caruso it was a mind blower too!! Each meal came with a nice side salad with a tastie italian vinigerette! So good! The bread & dipping oil was warm & fresh! We also had a bottle of reasonably priced merlot & the best cheese cake to finish up the meal. They also give u a ton of food! We walked out with two boxes. This is our new FAVORITE place!! In fact were going back tonight!! YAY :)

Posted by SCrays on May 29, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Massi's Wine Bar & Osteria

Love this restaurant. There is a good selection of vegetarian options - even a vegetarian lasagna on the menu listed before the meat version. The bruschettas are excellent, the soups are good, the pastas we tried were excellent, and the portions are more than enough. We were fortunate enough to go with a large group and were able to pass plates around and try things. We ended the meal with coffee and a round of shared desserts - the night we were there, the desserts were from Sugar bakeshop.
Favorites: goat cheese/olive bruschetta, white bean/rosemary soup, veg lasagna, and the spinach/ricotta? ravioli, and the Italian wedding cake. Some loved the cabbage salad, too.
We all loved the dimly lit room, the lively atmosphere, and the incredible renovation. It's in the old Salon Couture space some of you may know. Overall, our new fave!

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Posted by KrantosChick on May 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Wild Olive

My wife and I ate dinner at The Wild Olive last night and we were extremely impressed. Tons of busy employees buzzing around, creative specials, nice atmosphere. Jacques is doing a great job.

Posted by ryanh on May 7, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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