Looks like Italian has reemerged as the most popular food trend.

Seriously, we’ve got a lot of Italian restaurants around here: Trattoria Lucca, Bacco, Mercato, Bocci, Il Cortile del Re, Pane e Vino, Lombardi’s, Mondo’s, Fulton Five, Capriccio, Iacofano, Sienna, Al Di La, Sette, Bocci. Avid foodies will recognize the fact that not all of those listed are particularly good, but there are also some stellar options too.

But let’s add three new Italian joints to that list:

  • Cuoco Pazzo, already open in Mt. P
  • Wild Olive, Fred Neuville’s newest restaurant coming to Johns Island
  • Mia’s Pomodori, a classic Italian joint opening on Rutledge in downtown Charleston.

Mia’s Pomodori will open at the end of February at 212 Rutledge, in the old Dave’s Carryout space next door to Lana. Owners Paul and Tiffany DeSantis will keep it simple with king-sized calzones, three-cheese manicotti, and large crispy, thin-crust pizza. They’ll make their sauces and dressing from scratch using fresh, high quality ingredients. Judging by the fact that you can call ahead for delivery or order online, we assume this is going to be a casual/affordable option. They’ll be open every day from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Out on Johns Island, Wild Olive is slated to open in February as well. Chef/Owner Fred Neuville of Fat Hen fame will focus on rustic Italian food with ingredients sourced from the Lowcountry’s choice farmers and growers. Expect it to be a lot like the Fat Hen — delicious, affordable, and way popular.

Out Mt. Pleasant way, in the old Culinary Art Company location, Cuoco Pazzo has popped up in recent weeks, serving a small menu of antipasti, insalata, pasta, along with a selection of veal, steak, chicken, and fish dishes. Owner Gary Langevin has been involved with La Fontana, Bella Napoli, & Bada Bing Pizza in the past and says his kitchen is staffed with real Italians from Naples. They’re already open for dinner, Mon.-Sat. 843-971-9034.

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