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.
More than 7,000 votes were cast for Best Italian Restaurant in our inaugural Best of Myrtle Beach awards, 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.
The open-style exhibition kitchen and the grilled specialties keep everyone coming back to Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The menu features wood-fired flatbreads, an assortment of appetizers, Marsala dishes, classics and combinations, stuffed pasta and signature dishes and is the #1 Zagat rated best Italian for 2012. Carrabba’s favorites include Lobster Ravioli, Chicken Bryan topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and a basil lemon butter sauce and Pasta Carrabba featuring fettucine alfredo with grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms and peas.
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.
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.
Chef-owned Toscana Italian Bistro is a favorite among locals and visitors in Myrtle Beach. The atmosphere is upscale but cozy. The goal is a Vegas-style dining experience. In addition to more traditional fare, Toscana offers several bistro specials, including Veal or Pork Osso Bucco served over garlic mashed potatoes and topped with julienne vegetables; Red Snapper Mediterranean with artichoke hearts, olives, garlic, tomatoes and capers over penne in a lemon fusion sauce; and Creme Di Gorgonzola Con Aragosta, a lobster claw in a creamy gorgonzola sauce topped with goat cheese.
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.
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.
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