By Becky Billingsley
Tuesday, July 5, Myrtle Beach - Whether you have a passion for pasta or are craving cannoli, this list will guide you to 10 of the best Italian restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area, from North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown.
Alfresco Georgetown Bistro
812 Front St., Georgetown, (843) 344-3869
Lunch, early dining specials and dinner in a delightful little bistro. It isn't solely Italian, but the chef serves wonderful Italian specialties.
Angelo’s Steak and Pasta
2311 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 626-2800
Angelo Antonucci has kept diners happy for more than 30 years with sizzling seasoned steaks, Italian entrees, an Italian buffet and family-friendly service. In 2012 the restaurant moved two blocks south to a bigger location.,
Benny Rappa's Trattoria
1453 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, (843) 361-1056
Benny and Michele Rappa serve affordable family-style authentic Italian cuisine. The menu changes daily - check the chalkboard.
Capriz Italian Feast
1311 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, (843) 712-1707
Fresh Italian dishes featuring from-scratch pasta are passed family-style. There's also a lavish salad bar and a pleasant outdoor dining area.
5223 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 449-5700
Ciao stands out as a local neighborhood restaurant with fine food at reasonable prices and professional service. Try the Walnut Spinach Ravioli.
Gio's Pizza and Italian Cafe
10225 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, (843) 237-8245
This excellent cafe features secret family Italian recipes. Try the Go Go Garlic Shrimp.
Scatori's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
1399 S. Commons Dr., Myrtle Beach, (843) 650-3370
Casual with excellent service. Known for pizzas and has excellent Brushetta, Stromboli, salads and entrees.
Travinia Italian Kitchen
4011 Deville Ave, Myrtle Beach, (843) 233-8500
The staff at Travinia is all about pleasing people; they constantly provide great new Italian dishes, wines, wine dinners and live entertainment. The wine tasting machine is cool too.
Valentino Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
323 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach, (843) 839-4949
Starting with the excellent crusty-light bread served and continuing with delicious Italian specialties, this original Valentino restaurant (don't be fool by the imitator down the street) offers great food at reasonable prices, plus a piano bar.
707 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 448-4990
This family of Roman natives has served Grand Strand families and coastal visitors for more than 20 years. Their homemade gnocchi and other specialties are legendary, and they have live accordion music.
Who decides the lists? Becky Billingsley: an award-winning local food and restaurant journalist who has been covering the Myrtle Beach area restaurant beat for local, regional and national publications for 15 years.
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List updated on Nov. 8, 2012.