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Aug 21, 2009 06:25 PM

Myrtle Beach Italian???

Any good independent restaurants for Italian in Myrtle Beach?

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  1. Chianti South has been good in the past. Sister restaurant of Chianti in Newburgh, NY. Decent red sauce kind of joint with osso bucco being a standout.

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    1. re: veganhater

      To me, red sauce joint is a rather vague epithet that conjures up thoughts of red and white checkered tablecloths, chianti bottles used as candleholders and large plates of spaghetti and meatballs everywhere. This is not what I saw on a recent visit. And, while I do consider Chianti South an "old school" restaurant, there are many items on their menu that have never been anywhere close to a red sauce. Of course, maybe I'm just not up on the current meaning of red sauce joint, though.

      The veal rib chop is very good, as are the house-made pasta specialties.

      1. re: Cpt Wafer

        I meant it as a categorization of the style of food (Southern Italian-American). Of course, they serve food without red sauce, but it's certainly not a restaurant with a progressive or regional menu. That being said, I recommended Chianti South because they do a pretty good job at satisfying a general Italian flavor craving.

        1. re: veganhater

          Agree with everything you say except I think their food goes beyond Americanized Southern Italian.

    2. Benito's in North Myrtle is good. Pizza, pasta, all the classics.

      1. Capriccio on 38th north is excellent and so is Nico's on 17 business in Garden CIty. I'm pretty sure that Capriccio has an online menu. Chianti South is a bit of hike if you are staying in Myrtle Beach proper, but have heard good things. Also, there is a new place over by Freestyle Music Park called Italian Gardens that is pretty darn good.

        1. I like Ramando's on 2001 N Kings Hwy for a "red sauce" kind of joint. Also liked Villa Mare, 4999 Carolina Forest Blvd Unit #4.

          1. Second Villa Mare -- although it is off the beaten path. Also like Umberto's at Barefoot Landing -- a little more expensive but a ton of food. Highly recommend their Osso Bucco.