Downtown isn’t the only place to find great Italian cuisine. Indeed, despite the excellent Italian options on the peninsula, many a downtowner has been known to drive to Johns Island for Jacques Larson’s food. Besides, it’s a lovely (and rather short) drive down the oak-lined Maybank Highway to the country. Located near the local farm community, Wild Olive maintains a fresh, seasonal menu with ease. Start with an antipasto of crispy calamari with marinara, house-cured salami with mozzarella, thinly sliced beef carpaccio striped with horseradish aioli, or a bowl of warm olives. Move on to one of the many housemade pastas, like the ravioli with butter beans, ricotta, smoked ham hock, carbonara, and scallions, or choose an entree of grilled swordfish with Sea Island purple cape beans, shrimp, and puttanesca sauce. And if you see anything on the menu braised in milk, order it. You can’t go wrong. The wine list is mostly Italian with a great selection of wines from the entire boot. Don’t forget to save room for a tiramisu, Venetian apple cake, or homemade gelato for dessert. —Eric Doksa Dish (Winter 2015)
The menu goes rustic with dishes as rich as venison osso bucco and roasted pheasant and as comforting as lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs.