Nonna’s Italian Kitchen

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South Carolina’s many culinary virtues do not include an abundance of excellent Italian food. That’s why Nonna’s Italian Kitchen is a treasure. It’s more Italian-American than by-the-book regional Italian, but if you are in the market for parmigiana, piccata, francese or marsala, for lasagna or penne a la vodka or steak pizzaiola, there’s not a better place I know in all the southland.

When it first opened, I was skeptical about early reports from customers whose overwhelming reaction was all about the size of the portions. They are indeed enormous — take-home containers are a common sight in the hands of diners who are leaving — but in this restaurant, abundance is no substitute for quality. (That’s a common deficiency in many second-rate Italian-American eateries.)

Quality is the word that comes to mind when seeking a single adjective to describe what’s served. Nothing is mediocre. Veal is fork-tender; sauces are freshly-made and radiant with herbs and spice; fish is fresh and firm; calamari is downright elegant; bread that begins a meal is top-notch bakery yield. Even the house salad (served family-style) sparkles.

Desserts are a classic roster: cheesecake, chocolate cake, gelato, etc. Although we were absolutely satiated by dinner, my table of five felt obliged to at least try a tartufo (that’s a chocolate-robed ball of vanilla and chocolate ice cream larded with sweet cherries). After completely and very happily dispatching it, we wished we had ordered at least one more.

What to Eat
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Zuppa di Pesce
Zuppa di Pesce
Must-Try
Zuppa di Pesce is a heap of huge shrimp, scallops, and mussels with a spicy glaze.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Veal Parmigiana
Veal Parmigiana
Must-Try
A monumental serving of veal parmigiana
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Calamari
Calamari
Must-Try
Tender little hoops of calamari are vividly seasoned and woven with hot peppers.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Salmon Francese
Salmon Francese
Must-Try
Salmon francese, glistening with lemon sauce
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Fillet of Sole Francese
Fillet of Sole Francese
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Filet of Sole francese
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Veal Picatta
Veal Picatta
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Veal picatta, with lemon, capers, and white wine
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, House Salad
House Salad
Must-Try
Help yourself to salad served family style.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Arancini
Arancini
Crisp-edged arancini are packed with cheese-enriched rice.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Tartufo
Tartufo
Chocolate & vanilla ice & cherries in a chocolate shell: tartufo is an irresistible dessert.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Pistachio Gelato
Pistachio Gelato
The creamy luxe of pistachio ice cream is overwhelming.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Bread
Bread
Good bread heralds a good meal.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp scampi comes on a mound of thin spaghetti noodles.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, Lasagna
Lasagna
Gentle-tempered lasagna is always on the menu
Directions and Hours
closed now
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MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5pm - 9pm
Wednesday5pm - 9pm
Thursday5pm - 9pm
Friday5pm - 9pm
Saturday5pm - 9pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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