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8 Spots for Italian Dining in Charleston

From creative pastas to crowd-pleasing mains

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Old recipes, extra carbs, complex sauces, and cheese — it’s no shocker why Italian cuisine is adored. The temperature is dropping in the Lowcountry, so there’s no better time to cozy up to a bowl of handmade pasta. Restaurants choose the traditional approach or a fresh take on the classics, but one thing remains constant — dishes are always full of housemade components.

A number of South Carolina restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Melfi's

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721 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 513-0307
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Classic Italian dishes are revamped with bright, unexpected ingredients at Melfi’s. Slices of doughy bread topped with combinations like avocado and pistachio invigorate the bruschetta, and handmade pastas are packed with intense flavors. Patrons also can’t go wrong with the crisp Melfi’s Roman-style pizzas — the kitchen’s take on the Margherita is addictive thanks to a creamy, housemade stracciatella cheese. Indoor and outdoor dining

2. Bacco

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976 Houston Northcutt Blvd O
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-6969
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A favorite of the Mount Pleasant set, Bacco is a welcoming space to enjoy a hearty rigatoni with braised beef ragu or share a plate of fried calamari. Chef Michael Scognamiglio has a way with seafood, so if there’s a fish special, go for it. Indoor and outdoor dining

3. Indaco

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526 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 872-6828
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Indaco is a cozy nook of a restaurant on Upper King. The wood-fired oven glows as pizzas and Italian entrees are prepared. The burrata is always a hit to share and the seasonal pastas always have interesting combinations. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout

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4. Coda Del Pesce

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1130 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
(843) 242-8570
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Take in the ocean views at this Isle of Palms destination while exploring an Italian menu with no shortage of seafood. Signature dishes like ricotta gnocchi with Italian duck sausage and tagliolini with burrata offer a distinct take on Italian favorites. Indoor and outdoor dining

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5. Al Di La

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25 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 571-2321
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Al Di La’s Italian roots and Manhattan influences play into the menu and ambiance at the eatery. Dishes are authentic, yet refined like the penne pasta with spicy vodka sauce and housemade sausage. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery through UberEats

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6. Le Farfalle

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15 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 212-0920
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Le Farfalle’s modern take on Italian cuisine makes the dimly lit eatery a go-to spot for a a family gathering, date night, or comforting meal alone with a plate full of perfectly cooked pasta. Memorable dishes include the duck-confit-stuffed agnolotti and the blue crab with angel hair pasta. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery through UberEats

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7. The Obstinate Daughter

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2063 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
(843) 416-5020
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This Sullivan’s Island stunner offers a menu full of seafood, handmade pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Melt-in-your-mouth short rib gnocchi and lamb sausage orecchiette with pistachio-mint pesto are among the diverse pasta options. Pizzas are topped with any and everything — the Funky Baller features meatball, kimchi collard flower, scallion, mozzarella, and parmesan. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout

8. Wild Olive Restaurant

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2867 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 737-4177
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Make the short drive off the peninsula to Johns Island for authentic Italian cuisine using local ingredients. Look for handmade ravioli, pappardelle, and lasagna with added flare from a lamb sausage and goat cheese combination. Patrons can get the best of both worlds by adding a $6 side of gnocchi to their meat or seafood entrée. Open for indoor dining and takeout

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1. Melfi's

721 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Classic Italian dishes are revamped with bright, unexpected ingredients at Melfi’s. Slices of doughy bread topped with combinations like avocado and pistachio invigorate the bruschetta, and handmade pastas are packed with intense flavors. Patrons also can’t go wrong with the crisp Melfi’s Roman-style pizzas — the kitchen’s take on the Margherita is addictive thanks to a creamy, housemade stracciatella cheese. Indoor and outdoor dining

721 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

2. Bacco

976 Houston Northcutt Blvd O, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

A favorite of the Mount Pleasant set, Bacco is a welcoming space to enjoy a hearty rigatoni with braised beef ragu or share a plate of fried calamari. Chef Michael Scognamiglio has a way with seafood, so if there’s a fish special, go for it. Indoor and outdoor dining

976 Houston Northcutt Blvd O
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

3. Indaco

526 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
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Indaco is a cozy nook of a restaurant on Upper King. The wood-fired oven glows as pizzas and Italian entrees are prepared. The burrata is always a hit to share and the seasonal pastas always have interesting combinations. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout

526 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Coda Del Pesce

1130 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Snowy grouper
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Take in the ocean views at this Isle of Palms destination while exploring an Italian menu with no shortage of seafood. Signature dishes like ricotta gnocchi with Italian duck sausage and tagliolini with burrata offer a distinct take on Italian favorites. Indoor and outdoor dining

1130 Ocean Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

5. Al Di La

25 Magnolia Rd, Charleston, SC 29407
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Al Di La’s Italian roots and Manhattan influences play into the menu and ambiance at the eatery. Dishes are authentic, yet refined like the penne pasta with spicy vodka sauce and housemade sausage. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery through UberEats

25 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407

6. Le Farfalle

15 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401
Le Farfalle Brian Stetson

Le Farfalle’s modern take on Italian cuisine makes the dimly lit eatery a go-to spot for a a family gathering, date night, or comforting meal alone with a plate full of perfectly cooked pasta. Memorable dishes include the duck-confit-stuffed agnolotti and the blue crab with angel hair pasta. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery through UberEats

15 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. The Obstinate Daughter

2063 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

This Sullivan’s Island stunner offers a menu full of seafood, handmade pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Melt-in-your-mouth short rib gnocchi and lamb sausage orecchiette with pistachio-mint pesto are among the diverse pasta options. Pizzas are topped with any and everything — the Funky Baller features meatball, kimchi collard flower, scallion, mozzarella, and parmesan. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout

2063 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

8. Wild Olive Restaurant

2867 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
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Make the short drive off the peninsula to Johns Island for authentic Italian cuisine using local ingredients. Look for handmade ravioli, pappardelle, and lasagna with added flare from a lamb sausage and goat cheese combination. Patrons can get the best of both worlds by adding a $6 side of gnocchi to their meat or seafood entrée. Open for indoor dining and takeout

2867 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

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