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Best Italian in Greenville, SC

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I would like to find a ....gasp...authentic Italian restaurant in Greenville. Is there such a place? It could be in the surrounding area for that matter. But I would like to not be a chain due to the fact that I have yet to eat at one that had good Italian. I mean I want one that makes me think Al Pacino is going to walk out of the bathroom!!!

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  1. If you find a good Italian place in G'ville, let me know, cause I'm not aware of one. Restaurant Bergamo maybe best, and it's nothing great. West First in H'ville is fantastic, but not old-school Italian. Paoletti in Highlands not bad, old school Italian. Do you consider Charleston "the surrounding area"? If so, I have some ideas.... ;-)

    1. YES - Giovanni's on Woodruff Road. It's in a small shopping center but it's tiny and authentic and family owned. The owner will drop by your table and often serve you himself.

      1. I've heard very good things about Coal Fired Pizza at the intersection of 14 and Pelham. The mozzarella is the real stuff (buffalo) shipped in. Go to the website for 33 Liberty and click on the link to "Where we eat" and read the review. The chef at 33 Liberty has awesome recommendations.

        1. I'm not sure you'll find such a place in Greenville. There is a place called Pasta House (I think that's the name) on Main Street in Simpsonville that is no frills, red sauce Italian and is run by a couple of NYer transplants. I've been meaning to check it out, so I can't really comment on the quality and if it's a true authentic Italian joint - but I've heard some rumblings that it is.

          See my recent post on Coal Fired Pizza. I think I may have been between shipments of authentic bufalo mozz b/c what we had was not that. I don't think it is what you are looking for for authentic Italian. Just my opinion.

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          1. re: ap65065

            We have been to Coal Fired Pizza severel times and have enjoyed it each time. I meant to comment on your review of it but forgot so thank you for reminding me. Hubby and I went and had a delish mushroom appetizer and then had a pizza and some nice wine. It was very good. We went back about two weeks later and had the exact same meal!!! We loved it again! Next time we will change our choices but it was very good!! We also saw people picking up call in orders for pizza to take out.

          2. bergamo downtown ,, n. italian, fresh pasta, a very good find

            1. giovanni's is amazing. very few tables, and you should plan for the evening--like real italians they take their time and hope you stay and savor every flavor. good wine list, fantastic food, and like someone else said the service is very personal. i went to rome and returned to SC very sad that i couldnt find anything even close to the real deal...until we ate here. they didnt have veal saltimbocca on the menu one night we were there but when i asked about it they happily agreed to make it for me anyway. always a pleasure.