Top Italian Restaurants in Myrtle Beach
Looking for a delicious Italian meal in Myrtle Beach? Whether you want a fine-dining experience with white tablecloths or a quick bite at an authentic Italian bistro, the beach has you covered. There are a variety of great options to choose from, and we're here to help.
Thousands of votes were cast for Best Italian Restaurant in our second annual Myrtle Beach Awards (aka the Beachies), and here are the top picks:
Angelo’s Steak and Pasta features one of the Grand Strand’s only all-you-can-eat Italian buffets and is also home to some of the greatest steaks in the universe. The restaurant serves up favorites like lasagna, Spaghetti Antonucci and homemade sausage and meatballs. All dinners come with a large garden salad with homemade creamy Italian dressing and fresh garlic rolls. Fill up on specialties, seafood items, chicken, veal and much, much more at Angelo’s.
Benito’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta in North Myrtle Beach serves up Italian favorites in a cozy setting meant to remind diners of an Italian grandma’s house. In addition to the wood-fired pizzas, calzones and strombolis, Benito’s offers a variety of meat, chicken and seafood dishes as well as traditional pasta dishes like lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and ravioli all served with bread and salad. Benito’s also offers lunch specials, including a pizza/salad combo, subs and wedges, and smaller pasta dishes.
Chef Luigi welcomes diners for an authentic Italian meal at Little Italy in Myrtle Beach. Traditional dinner favorites include Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage; Baked Ziti; Cheese Ravioli; and Eggplant Parmesana. Chef’s specials are also offered daily. Lunch options include salads, hot or cold subs; or smaller portions of pasta. Little Italy also serves up pizzas, calzones and stromboli rolls.
Villa Romana is consistently awarded Italian Restaurant of the Year and Best Italian in numerous area competitions. Catch a whiff of the traditional Italian dishes when you enter the restaurant and you’ll know that they’re the real deal. The extensive menu features traditional baked specialties, veal, seafood, chicken and pasta. The Veal Absolut is a family creation that includes veal cutlets, sautéed in fresh mushrooms and an Absolut vodka cream sauce. All dinners include homemade Stracciatella soup, tomato bruschetta, dipping sauce, fresh garden salad and homemade rolls.
Rossi’s Fine Italian Cuisine opened in 1987 and quickly became favorite of our Myrtle Beach locals and visitors. The fine dining establishment offers seafood creations, soups, crisp salads, homemade breads and rolls and tasty Italian dishes. Try specialties like Grouper Meuniere and Saltimbocca Ala Rossi or stick to Italian classics like Chicken Parmigiana Ala Rossi and Scallopine of Veal. Stick around for live entertainment and dessert at Eighty-Eights Piano Bar which stays open until 2 a.m.
Umberto’s at Barefoot Landing is a top spot for Italian cuisine along the Grand Strand. This Pittsburgh-Italian Trattoria has roots in traditional Italian cooking, yet still stays true to the owners’ love for their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, as is evident with Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia throughout the establishment. This restaurant offers family-style dining, and each meal starts off with Italian beans & greens, a salad, as well as angel hair pasta in homemade marinara sauce that is brought out before your entrée. After indulging in an authentic Italian dish made with pasta, steak, seafood, chicken, veal, and more, be sure to finish off your meal with a dessert such as a cannoli, tiramisu, or Nina’s Surprise (chocolate cake with fresh fruits, butterscotch, chocolate ice cream, covered with whipped cream, drizzled with pecans and chocolate syrup with a cherry on top).
The family-owned Luigi’s Trattoria offers a cozy setting for authentic Italian cuisine. The menu includes a variety of meat and seafood options, including Filet Mignon sauteed in a marsala sauce; Chicken Picatta; and Salmon Mediterranean in a marinara sauce with artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, onions and capers. Luigi’s offers a kids menu as well as tasty desserts.
Nestled in a shopping center in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Capriccio is locals favorite for lunch or dinner. They serve up a variety of salads, sandwiches and smaller portions of their pasta dishes for lunch as well as pizza by the slice. Dinner options include heftier portions of favorites such as baked ziti, ravioli and manicotti. Gourmet pizzas are also a popular choice.
Owner chef John Lombardo serves up his family’s Italian recipes in the fine-dining setting at Lombardo’s. With soft lighting and white tablecloths, Lombardo’s makes a nice choice for a date night or special occasion. Chef’s specialties include 3 combinations “feasts” as well as Chicken Scarpiello served with sausage, capers, pepperoncini and black olives in a white wine sauce; Pork Osso Bucco; and Lombardo’s Stack, which is an 8 oz. filet, 4 oz. crab cake, three jumbo shrimp and sautéed veggies.
If you’re in the mood for Italian food but just want to go somewhere casual, then check out Gino’s in Carolina Forest or Forestbrook. These two restaurants, owned by the same people, offer some of the best pizza around. Of course, you can find other pizzeria favorites here including hot subs, calzones, Stromboli, and dishes like Manicotti, Stuffed Shells, Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs,, Eggplant Parmigiana, and Chicken Parmigiana.
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