Many Myrtle Beach restaurants have been described as “the best kept secret” but Luigi’s Trattoria in Myrtle Beach, SC appears to truly fit that category. It’s hidden away on 61st Avenue North and can be a little hard to find, but it’s worth finding your way to Luigi’s to sample their authentic Italian food that is good enough to compare to the best New York Italian restaurants and even to those in their homeland. The family that owns and operates Luigi’s are true Italians. They make their food homemade, serve their customers with pride and provide exceptional Italian hospitality. And they do all this for very reasonable prices.
The dining room is lovely with its Italian decor and they have a pleasant patio for guests to dine when the weather is nice. Their dining choices range from the traditional Italian favorites to the more complex regular menu items, and then to the daily house specials that tantalize the most discriminating tastes. You will probably notice as you dine at Luigi’s that many of the customers are locals who know the Italian owners my name. Again, a true sign of a great restaurant; the locals know which places are the best.
Dinner will begin with delightful fresh bread or bruschetta accompanied by olive oil with chopped garlic, herbs and pepper flakes. Their hot appetizers include tender and delicious Fried Calamari, mouth watering Stuffed Mushrooms, Baked Clams, Mussels and a very nice Hot Antipasto. They also offer a cold antipasto and Mozzarella Caprese, which is a sumptuous tomato and mozzarella salad that exudes freshness.
One of the most impressive choices on the Pasta Menu is their homemade Gnocchi that guests exclaim as fabulous. For those not familiar with Gnocchi, it is a thick and soft dumpling. There are many ways to make Gnocchi and it is not an easy dish to master. Those who do, are the truly exceptional cooks with just the right touch in creating outstanding authentic Italian fare. At Luigi’s, that is what you can expect. The fresh Ravioli comes in your choice of Cheese, Spinach or Lobster and is again sure to be some of the best ravioli you have ever tasted. Just the right ingredients and techniques are put into making these homespun delicacies. Alfredo Fettucini, Spaghetti with meatballs or sausage, Manicotti and Rigatoni are all popular pasta dishes at Luigi’s.
In the seafood section of the menu, tempting selections await those who favor fresh items from the sea. Try the Calamari with spaghetti, Shrimp Scampi, Spaghetti with Shrimp and Clams, Red or White Clam Sauce over Pasta, Shrimp Parmesana, Fresh Mussels or enjoy the Seafood Combination plate to sample a delicious variety. Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a scrumptious choice that renders beautifully cooked shrimp in a light tomato and wine sauce with just the right combination of tantalizing spices.
Take a good look at the House Specials when you dine at Luigi’s Trattoria as they do offer some outstanding specialized dishes. Their veal is tender and absolutely fantastic. They change up their veal specials and if they don’t offer it the day you dine, feel free to ask if it is available. Also, the Grouper Florentine and Eggplant Parmesan are some of their other marvelous creations.
They offer delectable soups and salads with homemade dressings to begin the dining experience and a variety of sandwiches for a lighter lunch or dinner. The tomato sauce at Luigi’s is made by hand and receives great acclaim with its fresh and brilliant flavor, some of the very best! They offer a very nice wine list to go along with the meal. Luigi’s also has terrific pizza for an easy lunch or simple dinner. The pizza, like the rest of their food, is some of the best. The crust is unflappable with just the right touch of crispness. Go for the basic cheese pizza with the wonderful sauce to savor the individual flavors or add your favorite toppings. For dessert, don’t pass on the authentic Tiramisu or the Cannoli. If you’re too full after enjoying your generous meal, you’ll want to take a dessert with you to try later.
Luigi’s Trattoria is next to a residential neighborhood right off Business Route 17 in Myrtle Beach. One customer mentions a very distinct landmark to help find the restaurant more easily. Just look for the very Pink ice cream parlor that you can’t miss and Luigi’s is right behind it. They are open for lunch and dinner with customers looking forward to both meal times with zeal.
For authentic homemade Italian food that is absolutely awesome and hard to beat, fantastic service and hospitality, generous size portions and very acceptable prices, put Luigi’s Trattoria on your list of must-do’s for Myrtle Beach. This is a place you’ll want to visit during the early part of your stay just so you’ll have time to come back a second and maybe even a third time. They seem to have a knack for handling large groups with ease and expertise, so feel free to bring the crowd. Locals that dine at Luigi’s return again and again, never seeming to have any complaints. They love Luigi’s Trattoria Italian restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC!
503 61st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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