The Myrtle Beach SC area is known for seafood, but pizza, pasta, and that super awesome scene from Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” keeps us all clamoring for the perfect Italian cuisine.
Italian restaurants line the Grand Strand featuring authentic homemade recipes passed down through generations to the dinner table.
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Spaghetti and meatballs are an obvious seller, lest we not forget your lasagna, your ravioli, all the way to elegant, fine dining flair like mussels and lobster manicotti.
That said, coming up with just 10 featured Italian restaurants was no “scampagnata”, or “picnic” for those that need to brush up on their Italian.
Check out this undisputed best of list featuring the best Italy via Myrtle Beach has to offer. Tell us who we missed in the comments at the bottom, or simply add your favorite dining destination to point your fellow vacationeers in the right direction.
Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria
Bringing a taste of the northeast to the Grand Strand was the goal of owner, and they succeeded and then some. Home-style dishes like chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and Alfredo with complex and delicious fare such as Chicken Franchese, Eggplant Rollatini, Veal Marsala and much more. Fresh, local ingredients … and New York style thin crust pizza for those who prefer a pie.
960 Cipriana Dr B4, Myrtle Beach; (843) 839-5373; PizzaMyrtleBeach.com
Scatori’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
Delicious homemade dishes and sauces will transport you into a an Italian countryside kitchen. Choose from simple dishes to extravagant meals, including a classic Fried Shrimp and Cheddar Risotto. Fancy eating not your style, just try the pizza, also among the best in Myrtle Beach SC.
1399 S Commons Dr, Myrtle Beach; (843) 650-3370; Scatoris.com
Travinia Italian Kitchen
Elegant setting in the heart of The Market Common, Travinia Italian Kitchen offers expertly prepared meals and an extravagant wine list at its upscale location. Fine dining at its finest, with service to boot.
4011 Deville St, Myrtle Beach; (843) 233-8500; TraviniaItalianKitchen.com
Rossi’s Italian Restaurant
Tackle the Italian sampler, a dish for hearty appetites or to share that comes with lasagna, chicken parmigiani, a meatball, Italian sausage, side of pasta and all the salad and bread you can eat. Or, pleasure your palate with delicious traditional or seafood dishes.
9636 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 449-0481; RossisMyrtleBeach.com
Simple, yet sensational. Family recipes and dishes made to order will fill you up before you cross the street to shop at the Coastal Grand Mall. Our survey found many who drooled over the homemade ravioli.
385 Seaboard St, Myrtle Beach; (843) 213-1041; MaggiDs.com
Angelo’s Steak and Pasta
Sure, Angelo’s is famous for its “greatest steaks in the universe” slogan, but don’t ignore the traditional Italian favorites. The marsala dishes are like manna from heaven, and a larger dining room in the new location means comfort for the entire family.
2311 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach;(843) 626-2800; AngeloSteakAndPasta.com
Ciao! Italian Restaurant
Elegance and style are matched with flavor and quality. Start off with the shrimp and polenta and may we suggest the prosciutto wrapped grouper as a main course. Might as well combine the sea with the taste of Italy, right?
5223 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 449-5700; CiaoMyrtleBeach.com
Benito’s Brick Oven Pizza Pasta
The most talked about thing at Benito’s is the meatballs. Pick up a dozen to go or find a spot and enjoy great food and fun at this casual restaurant.
1598 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach; (843) 272-1414; BenitosNMB.com/
Italian la Festa
Take advantage of early bird specials or relax to soothing music in the piano bar. Exquisite food, including a Venetian Veal Brigole, which is a veal flank steak rolled with fresh herbs and clarified butter, then slow cooked for 12 hours. The Brigole is sliced and pan-seared it to perfection and serve with a homemade veal demi-glace and a farm fresh stuffed tomato.
9911 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 945-9288
Villa Romana Italian Restaurant
This restaurant was on our list and inadvertently left off on publication. We certainly heard about it quickly, with many crying foul at the omission of this local and tourist favorite. Homemade traditional dishes and sauces get top billing, with a beautiful atmosphere.
707 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 448-4990; VillaRomanaMyrtleBeach.com
There is a wealth of places to enjoy a delicious Italian dinner along the Grand Strand, all so good they’re sure to satisfy. Even with all the great options in Myrtle Beach, we must recommend that you save room for South Carolina barbecue and freshly caught seafood. Both are practically required meals to try before you leave the beautiful South Carolina coast.
We encourage you to leave your comments to let us, as well as other readers, know where your favorite Italian food is served.