Myrtle Beach Features Great Italian Food, with Fresh Seafood to Boot

It's a long way from the southern coast of Italy to the South Carolina coast, but both are known for their abundance of Italian restaurants. The influx of residents and visitors to Myrtle Beach from the Northeast have brought with them a taste for Italian like they got back home, and that has led to a great offering of Italian restaurants on the Grand Strand. Representing the diversity of regions and cooking styles in Italy, Myrtle Beach is a second home to the tastes of Tuscan and Roman cuisine. Of course, the popular Americana-style of Italian is readily available, and Italian steakhouses like Angelo's Steaks and Pasta, offer patrons the best of both worlds with traditional favorites to go with the turf. A big part of the Italian dining experience is atmosphere, and places such as Castano's Italian Steakhouse has it in spades. For those looking for a more intimate dining experience, the smaller confines like Ciao and Luigi's provide a great escape from the big crowds. Of course, wine is also a focal point of an Italian feast, and restaurants like Rossi's go the extra mile to provide an extensive wine list of domestics and imports to perfectly compliment any dish.

North Myrtle Beach
Villa Tuscanna
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This relaxed Italian eatery offers folks on the north end of the Grand Strand a welcome respite from a busy day at the beach. Known for its friendly and impeccable service as much as its delicious dishes from family recipes, Villa Tuscana brings...  Read More

Chianti South
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Featuring an amazing wine collection to go with a superb menu, Chianti South is one the most authentic Italian restaurants you'll find on the Grand Strand. As a winner of the Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" as well as other accolades,...  Read More

Luigi's Trattoria 61st


Luigi's Trattoria 61st specialize in delicious and reasonably priced cuisine, including house specialties and other traditional favorites. The lasagna is among the best on the Strand. Situated off Kings Highway just far enough for a cozy...  Read More

Villa Romana


This elegant Italian restaurant introduced the area to authentic Roman cuisine. In fact, the kitchen staff is comprised of native Romans), and each dish certainly catches the flavor and tradition of the Old Country. For something unique, try the...  Read More



Be prepared to be spoiled by excellent service and great food at the contemporary Italian-American restaurant, a regional chain in the Carolinas and Virginia that puts an emphasis on hospitality and local flavors. Featuring modern twists on...  Read More

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Overlooking the lake at the Barefoot Landing shopping complex, this "Pittsburgh-Italian Trattoria" has a good number of folks who deem themselves "regulars." After one visit, it's easy to understand why. Comfortably decorated and imminently...  Read More

Ciao Italian Restaurant


When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, check out Ciao Italian Restaurant. This small family restaurant is one of the best-kept secrets in Myrtle Beach and is located in one of the area's oldest neighborhoods and features a...  Read More



The best Italian food in town comes in an unlikely location - a strip mall just off the beaten path of Restaurant Row. But once you enter the door it's like entering your Italian grandmother's home, with great food and friendly service that...  Read More



The name may say Italian, but the sign out front says "Greatest Steaks in the Universe," and there are many repeat customers who will testify to that statement. Hand-cut Grade A steaks are cooked and served on a cast-iron skillet, sizzling their...  Read More

Crave Italian Oven & Bar
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Crave Italian Oven & Bar sets itself apart from the typical Italian restaurant and pizzeria with predictable menus. While many claim to serve authentic Italian cuisine, only Crave went the extra mile (make that thousands of miles) to import...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry