Hours: L&D, daily. Sun. brunch
The New York accents here are as authentic as the southern Italian fare on the menu. Anthony Mazzola owns and operates 'Cesca in New York City and felt that Charleston didn't have anything like it, so he opened another one here. He spent months renovating the former Buccaneer space on Faber Street, transforming it into a lush, golden-hued dining room. The large menu has a variety of plate sizes. Start with small nibbles like olives and grilled veggies, Italian cheese and meat boards, or a flight of crudo. From there, head into the antipasti (try Anthony's mom's meatballs) and the big bowls of pasta, which is made in-house from both semolina and whole wheat. Heartier secondi entrées include whole grilled branzino, chicken Milanese, and a 12-oz. milk-fed, bone-in veal chop. The restaurant has many different, intimate areas for dining. Sit at the bustling bar in the front window, the community tables nearby, or sink into one of those cushy, round banquettes for a romantic night. —Stephanie Barna, Dish (Summer 2012)
Authentic southern Italian trattoria fare using local, seasonal ingredients.