For a well-earned break from all things new Southern and Lowcountry, check out Chef Ken Vedrinksi’s family-style Italian restaurant, inspired by the Tuscan city of Lucca. Set in a charming, clapboard Charleston home, the interior sports a fresh, contemporary design, with soft-pillowed banquettes, community-style seating, and a popular bar. The trattoria’s fresh, handmade pasta is a real treat ($19–$21), while Italian imported cheese and salumi supplement an entree selection that utilizes—in faithful Charleston fashion—local produce. Menus change daily based on what’s fresh and in season, but could include local triggerfish with artichokes, scaloppini of Sonoma duck, or the exceptional heritage Duroc pork chop Milanese.
- Frommer's Staff