Best of Both Worlds: Charleston's Italian Restaurants Use Italian Traditions, Lowcountry Style

Clare Sweeney

By , Local Expert, Charleston
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Charleston, South Carolina is known for many things: historic buildings, Revolutionary and Civil War sites, iconic forts and monuments and, of course, its seemingly endless array of top notch eateries. Though unknown to many, Charleston's only sister city is the town of Spoleto in the Umbra region of Italy. This truth may serve to explain the Holy City's adoration of Italian cuisine, and give reason to the outstanding number of high quality Italian restaurants in Charleston, a whole other continent away.

Going out for Italian is always a solid choice when looking for a varied, diverse menu to suit the whole family....  Read more »

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    Trattoria Lucca

    Local Expert Tip: "This romantic spot in residential Elliotsborough takes reservations, and a little walking from the historic district to get to. Opt for a cab or Bike Taxi to get there quick and easy. "

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    Fulton Five

    Local Expert Tip: "Fulton Five's close proximity to the Gibbes Museum and Broad Street's Gallery Row make it an ideal spot for a well deserved fine dining experience. "

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    Pane e Vino

    Local Expert Tip: "Pan e Vino is a great place to celebrate special occasions or host a group dinner. Just be sure to call Alfredo a few days in advance for the larger patio seating space! "

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    Osteria la Bottiglia

    Local Expert Tip: "Osteria la Bottiglia is one of the best values around, with entrees ranging from just $8 - $18! "

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    Local Expert Tip: "For the best ambiance and views of Mercato's nightly live jazz, ask for a comfortable downstairs booth."

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    Al di La

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: West Ashley

    Local Expert Tip: "Al Di La is a definite contender for some of the best Italian food around - it's even been voted Best West Ashley Restaurant 10 years in a row! "

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    Il Cortile Del Re

    Local Expert Tip: "Join il Cortile del Re for Sunday fun-day bottomless mimosas, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.!"

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    MUSE Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask for a patio table outdoors at Muse - covered and cozy in rain or shine! "

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    Wild Olive Cucina Italiana

    Local Expert Tip: "For a real taste of Italy, ask for the Wild Olive house-made artisan Salumeri!"

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    Local Expert Tip: "Bocci's is conveniently located just a block from Charleston's Market Street shopping area!"



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