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Fine dining on the Grand Strand: The best Italian restaurants in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Chris KingBy Chris King,
Rossi's in Myrtle Beach
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Rossi's Italian restaurant in Myrtle Beach offers superior food, service and atmosphere. (Courtesy of rossismyrtlebeach.com)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Grand Strand is chock-full of restaurants, and some of the best are Italian.

If pasta, homemade marinara and scampi sit atop your wish list after a day on the golf course, here are five Italian restaurants in Myrtle Beach that will send you home happy:

1. Rossi's -- Quite simply, the best. Superior food, service and atmosphere. Meals at Rossi's start with homemade garlic bread, and whether your entree selection is traditional Italian, beef, veal or seafood, you're in good hands. A suggestion: the Italian Sampler -- lasagna, chicken parm, a (large) meatball and sausage and peppers, a great choice if you are indecisive. And the fried lobster is to die for. For post-meal entertainment, Eighty-Eights, an in-house piano bar, stays open until 2 a.m. See www.rossismyrtlebeach.com for more information.

2. Umberto's at Barefoot Landing -- A Pittsburgh-style Italian restaurant, Umberto's in North Myrtle Beach delivers a meal as good as it is big. Every entree includes bean soup, salad and garlic bread. The fried provolone is delectable, and there is no way you will leave hungry. No way. The center cut pork chops are hard to beat. See www.umbertos.com for more information.

3. Luigi's Italian Restaurant -- On 61st Avenue, Luigi's Italian Restaurant is small, locally owned and serves authentic Italian food. Less expensive than Rossi's, it's definitely worth a try. See www.luigismyrtlebeach.com for more information.

4. Angelo's Steak & Pasta -- A regular on our top-five lists. Angelo's Steak & Pasta, almost unanimously regarded as one of the area's best steak houses, offers traditional Italian fare that is equally enticing. We aren't generally buffet advocates, but Angelo's is the exception, with outstanding lasagna and the steak that's a guaranteed winner. See www.angelosteakandpasta.com for more information.

5. Villa Romano -- Opened in 1985, Villa Romano features one of the area's most interesting Italian menus. You dine among statues, chandeliers, columns, a centerpiece fountain, live plants and red roses. The food is authentic Italian. And the Veal Absolute, a family creation, ranks atop the menu choices. See www.villaromanamyrtlebeach.com for more information.

Any qualms with our list? Click the "Leave a comment" link below to let us know your favorite Italian restaurants in Myrtle Beach.

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Luigi's Italian RestaurantVilla Romano in Myrtle Beach

Chris King, owner of Kingfish Communications, a PR and content marketing firm that specializes in helping golf destinations and courses, has spent the last 20 years covering golf and college athletics. His love of the game is matched only by the unreliability of his swing, which helps him evaluate golf courses through the eyes of the average player. King currently resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which affords him ample opportunity to improve. Follow Chris on Twitter @Chris_Kingfish.

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  • Italian Restaurants in MB

    Jack Medovich wrote on: Feb 1, 2011

    Villa Romano should be #1!!!!
    Awesome food & surroundings!!!
    You didn't even mention the accordion player!!! He is the BOMB!!! I won't even think of going to MB without having dinner at Villa Romano.
    Like my Grandma from Italy used to say .. "Try it, you'll like it"!!!