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Enjoy a quiet evening with authentic Italian food at Cozy O’s in Little River | Gut Reaction

Vitello Rollatini at Cozy O’s in Little River. Photo by Emily Smith for The Surge.
Vitello Rollatini at Cozy O’s in Little River. Photo by Emily Smith for The Surge.

Setting the Table

The smaller and older sister restaurant of Carbone’s Steak and Seafood, Cozy O’s is where locals go when they want a quiet evening with good, authentic Italian food. Although pizza isn’t part of the menu, this bistro offers other fantastic dishes from a family oriented team who brings passion and openness to the table.

The shopping center Cozy O’s is located in has fallen a bit by the wayside, but this doesn’t stop a regular flow of customers from visiting. In the span of a half an hour, there was a couple enjoying an anniversary dinner followed by two large groups of friends squishing tables together to catch up. When not helping customers, the servers were busy making sure the restaurant remained spotless.

Down the Hatch

Each table begins with complimentary bread and olive oil to dip, or butter if preferred. The bar offers wines and a few bottled domestic beers, plus some liquor for cocktails. The entrees all come with a choice of soup or salad, with the soup changing daily but always homemade.

Favorite Italian meals like lasagna and parmigiana are of course available, with a smattering of other pasta dishes that could be considered lesser known. The vitello rollatini, for instance, is veal wrapped around prosciutto, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. For this delicious dish, guests can choose what kind of sauce and pasta they’d like with it.

The servers at Cozy O’s are more than willing to be flexible for their customers, which is especially nice for the person who isn’t sure what kind of wine to pair with their meal. A taste-test of a few reds and whites is easily arranged, and afterwards guests can decide which glass or bottle they’d like.

Check, Please

Despite the authentic dishes and the work the kitchen puts into making so much of the food fresh, Cozy O’s has a manageable price range, with nothing over $22. The portions are generous as well, and more often than not guests will leave with leftovers in hand. An entrée with a glass of wine was under $30 before the tip.

Although the bistro doesn’t offer a Happy Hour, they do have daily specials and deals to entice customers to return. For instance, every Tuesday they offer discounts for veterans, and on Wednesdays they take off $2 every parmesan entrée. Desserts can also change daily and are not on the menu, but can be asked about and like so much of their food will be made in house.

Cozy O’s has been family run for two generations now and strives to keep up with their customers’ needs while simultaneously looking out for and occasionally helping their affiliated restaurants. They open at 4 p.m. and close around 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Family-run and family-oriented, Cozy O’s is cozy indeed and the perfect place for a casual family dinner, a meet up with friends, or a quiet date.

If you eat

What | Cozy O’s Italian Bistro

Where | 1699 U.S. 17, Little River

Info | cozyosbistro.com, 843-280-3001

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