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Romantic Dining: Italian food is pretty romantic of its own accord, but Trattoria Lucca does quite a bit to up the ante with their approach to dining atmosphere, service, and flavor. Mind-blowing bowls and plates of delicious pasta, beef, fish, and shellfish, topped and shaped into huge portions of aromatic goodness. Think pasta that's handmade each morning, by a chef that's more than a little passionate about his craft. The food, of course is impeccable, from the Tagliolini topped with lump Blue Crab to the Grilled Angus Flatiron steak or the Spaghetti Nero with calamari, but the wines offered match the high standard for quality at Trattoria Lucca. You likely won't have room for dessert, but the staff has a knack for selling the nightly specials, and packing the sweet stuff to-go.

Best Restaurants: Chef Ken Vedrinksi, also chef at Coda Del Pesce on Isle of Palms, knows exactly what he's doing when preparing Italian food. We're just thankful he's chosen to bring is talents for authentic Italian to the city of Charleston, serving world-class pasta dishes from a Bogard Street corner at Trattoria Lucca. This casual, comfortable, and semi-subdued restaurant is warm and cozy inside, and the smells alone are enough to sell you on a long night of taste-testing. The Trattoria Lucca menu features daily specials that are worth noting, while menu regulars include the standout the Golden Beets and Octopus appetizer, Bucatini with browned goat butter, and the Fusilli Bucati with housemade duck sausage.

Italian: Inspired by the "best olive oil in the world" in the Tuscan city of Lucca, Italy, Chef Ken Vedrinski offered up a small residential corner restaurant as tribute to truly authentic Italian cuisine. Featured in countless magazines and features since its opening in 2008, Trattoria Lucca has won the hearts of Charleston Italian-loving locavores and visitors alike. Trattoria Lucca earned the title of Best New Restaurant in its first year of business, undoubtedly for its housemade pastas and sauces, thoughtful and intricate menu, and elegant yet cozy and approachable interior. Chef Vedrinski, as James Beard Semi-Finalist, is also the sole owner and sommelier, as well as chief pasta artist. All items on the Trattoria Lucca menu are seasonal, and exquisite. For Antipasti, try the Foraged Mushrooms with sea salt or the Golden Beets in white balsamic, and be sure to add a Formaggi (Cheese) plate with accompaniments such as Apple Mostarda and Tuscan Wildflower Honey, to your first course. Imported Salumi is a must, as well as a housemade handmade pasta dish. Sample the Fusilli Bucati with duck Italian sausage or the Tagliolini with seared N.C. scallops. For your main course, try the Local Triggerfish, Grilled Ribeye with beef cheek ravioli or the Scaloppini of Sonoma Duck, with cannelloni and dried figs. A generous, thoughtful wine list offers numerous fine options, all hailing from the cuisine's revered country of origin.

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Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:

Romantic Dining: "Stop by Elliotborough Mini Bar (across the street) after dinner for a nightcap."

Best Restaurants: "Trattoria Lucca: perfect for a romantic date spot or group dinner, and perfect for just about anyone who loves pasta."

Italian: "This romantic spot is off the beaten tourist path in the residential Elliotborough neighborhood. Expect a pleasant walk from area hotels."

Best for Romantic Dining Because: The very best Italian restaurant in Charleston just so happens to be fantastically romantic. Expect low lighting, excellent service, and full bellies from Trattoria Lucca.

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: When you leave a restaurant full, happy, and unable to think about anything but your meal (or maybe leftovers!), you know it's a special place.

Best for Italian Because: Trattoria is quite often hailed as one of the most authentic and notable Italian restaurants in the country!

Main Menu

Antipasti - Verdure
Antipasti - Formaggi
Antipasti - Salumi
Handmade Paste
Piatti

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