Top 15 Italian Restaurants in Myrtle Beach You Need to Try

Fill yourself up with the best Italian food ever at these top-rated restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Who doesn’t love a good pasta dish? Or a slice of fresh pepperoni pizza? In Myrtle Beach, it’s easy to find a fun, authentic Italian restaurant offering delicious plates to fill you up. Whether you’re searching for a friendly, mom and pop shop or an upscale restaurant, you can find both of this and more in Myrtle Beach. Need help finding the perfect spot? We’ve got you covered. 

  • Check out our guide of the top 15 Italian restaurants in Myrtle Beach now:
  • 1. Chianti South
  • 2. Luigi's Trattoria on 61st
  • 3. Ciao Italian Restaurant
  • 4. Angelo's Steak & Pasta
  • 5. Villa Romana
  • 6. Crave Italian Oven & Bar
  • 7. Sole Italian Restaurant
  • 8. Villa Tuscanna
  • 9. AJ’s Pizza
  • 10. Hot Tomato
  • 11. Hook & Barrel
  • 12. Little Italy
  • 13. Lombardo's Italian Restaurant 
  • 14. Toscana Italian Kitchen
  • 15. Olive Garden

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1. Chianti South

Classic Italian restaurant that is known for its mouthwatering dishes and award-winning wine list

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Treat yourself to one of Chianti’s signature entrees. Image courtesy of Myrtle Beach

2109 Hwy 17 | Little River |

First on the list is Chianti South. This locally-owned restaurant has been around since 1997. For years, locals and out-of-towners have raved about Chianti South’s authentic Italian dishes and wide selection of wines. 

Some of their most popular dishes include the Salmone Ripieno, Linguini Bolognese, Banana Peppers, and Bistecca Ai Ferri. Their wine list includes a number of sparkling, white, blush, and red wines. If you’re not sure what wine to pair with your dish, just ask your server! Check out Chianti South’s full menu now.

“The service is excellent. A good variety menu with both Northern and Southern Italian dishes. Top shelf wine list. Linguine with red clam sauce is incredible. The Halibut special was very tasty. By far, the best Italian restaurant in the area.” - Yelp Review

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2. Luigi's Trattoria on 61st

Family-owned Italian restaurant that will make you feel right at home

Luigi’s offers a spacious outdoor patio.Image courtesy of Luigi’s Trattoria on 61st.

503 61st Ave N | Myrtle Beach |

If you’re looking for a spot to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather, you’ll love Luigi’s Trattoria on 61st. This family owned restaurant is known for its delicious food, stunning decor, and friendly service. For years, locals have considered Luigi’s to be one of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach.

On the menu, you’ll find mouthwatering creations like the Chicken Saltimbocca, Frutti Di Mare, Calamari a la Luigi, and Lobster Stuffed Ravioli. Luigi’s also has over 51 wine bottles and 27 wines offered by the glass. Check out Luigi’s full menu now!

“We started with fresh baked bread that was served alongside a fragrant, rich, and high quality olive oil. This was fantastic. The bruschetta a la pomodoro was also fresh, light, and the perfect start to our meal. Our entrees were fantastic, and we had a few delicious bottles of wine.” - Yelp Review

3. Ciao Italian Restaurant

Cozy and intimate Italian restaurant that offers a fun variety of creative dishes

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5223 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

Ciao is a low-key, intimate Italian restaurant that offers some of the best food in Myrtle Beach. Located inside a strip mall, Ciao offers a laid back, non-intimidating atmosphere that is perfect for kicking back and relaxing with friends. All of the dishes are made from scratch daily using the freshest ingredients available. You can also view their wine selection inside the restaurant’s custom-built cellar.

Some of their most popular dishes include the Chicken Picatta, Prosciutto Di Parma, Eggplant Rollatini, and Caesar Salad. A wide selection of desserts is also available, including the Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Lemon Sorbet, and Creme Brulee Cheesecake. Does this sound good to you? Then reserve a table at Ciao for your next dinner!

“This restaurant is a hidden gem. It looks unassuming, stuck inside a strip mall. The decor is simple and very clean. The food was absolutely incredible. I ordered the lobster ravioli- the filling was so smooth and the sauce was truly mouth-watering.” - Yelp Review

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4. Angelo's Steak & Pasta

Popular restaurant that features a full all-you-can-eat Italian buffet

Angelo’s Steak & Pasta is known to serve some of the best steaks in Myrtle Beach. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2311 S Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

They say that Angelo’s Steak & Pasta serves “the greatest steaks in the universe.” We definitely agree with this sentiment, and encourage you to come see for yourself. In addition to their award-winning steak selection, Angelo’s Steak & Pasta also offers two buffets, a bar, and an appetizer menu. 

Angelo’s famous all-you-can-eat buffet features classic Italian dishes like ravioli, lasagna, chicken cacciatore, and tortellini alfredo. If you’re not hungry enough for the buffet, you can also order one of the many appetizers and entrees on the restaurant’s full service menu. Just make sure you order one of their signature desserts, like the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie or Kentucky Derby Pie. Enjoy!

“Delicious!! I was a little reluctant to try a steak at an Italian restaurant but I have to say that the ribeye was perfect. So tasty and the chicken fettuccine Alfredo was to die for! Would highly recommend this restaurant when you are visiting Myrtle Beach. And PS... Great service.” - Yelp Review

5. Villa Romana

Cozy Italian restaurant that serves mouthwatering dishes inside a fun, festive space

Villa Romana is known for its savory and authentic Italian dishes. Image courtesy of Villa Romana.

707 S Kings State Rte | Myrtle Beach |

Villa Romana is the perfect spot to enjoy some delicious food and have fun with your friends. The restaurant offers a number of savory, authentic dishes like the Lasagna Di Ricotta Alla Romana, Cannelloni Fiorentina, Veal Absolut, and Chicken Parmigiana. Villa Romana also offers gluten-free and allergy sensitive dishes. 

Coming with the kids? Villa Romana also offers a full kids menu. All dishes include homemade stracciatella soup, tomato bruschetta, salad, and bread. Check out the full menu now!

“This is a gem in the middle of has a very romantic atmosphere, live music playing which is a plus and you can request songs as well, the managing staff was very attentive several people around us obviously have been there several times and were known by the staff.” - Yelp Review

6. Crave Italian Oven & Bar

Family-owned Italian restaurant that has received numerous awards over the years

5900 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

Crave Italian Oven & Bar offers authentic Italian food and live music in a fun, laidback dining space. Using the freshest available ingredients, Crave puts a modern twist on classic Italian dishes. 

Some of our favorite dishes on the menu include the Stuffed Portabella Mushroom, Pesto Grilled Chicken, and Shrimp & Veal Saltimbocca. The restaurant also features an extensive wine list filled with bottles from Italy, Australia, Canada, and Spain. Reserve a table for your next meal now!

“Had an amazing dinner with a family of 10. Great prices and fresh Italian food. It was super busy, but still had personal service. Really, the food is amazing!! Had a variety, from pizza and cheese bread to fresh seafood risotto and steak.” - Yelp Review

7. Sole Italian Restaurant

Locally-owned restaurant serving up authentic Italian dishes inside a chic, polished environment 

Try the Fiocchi! Image courtesy of Yelp.

3401 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach 

Sole Italian Restaurant is a well-known family-run restaurant that serves authentic Italian dishes inside a chic dining space. The restaurant offers a wide selection of appetizers, pasta dishes, soups, salads, and entrees. Some of their most popular dishes include Pollo alla Scarpariello, Vitello alla Francese, Linguini alla Vongole, and Salmon Fiorentina. 

Once you finish your entree, you have a number of desserts to choose from. Tiramisu, American Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse, and Limoncello are just a few desserts you have to look forward to. 

“This was a great find during our vacation from CT. We are always looking for a great Italian restaurant on our vacations and this is the place. If you are looking for amazing Italian food, look no further.” - Yelp Review

8. Villa Tuscanna

European fine dining restaurant that offers a number of memorable Italian dishes

97 Hwy 17 N | North Myrtle Beach |

Villa Tuscanna is an upscale Italian restaurant that is known for its warm hospitality and fresh dishes. Many of the restaurant’s ingredients and dishes are made from scratch, including the marinara sauce, lasagna, meatballs, and dressing. 

On the menu, you’ll find mouthwatering dishes like the Eggplant Rollatini, Penne Ala Vodka, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, and Branzino Mediterranean. A full wine list is also available, and includes a wide selection of bubbly, blush, white, and red wines. 

Reservations are recommended, so make sure you call ahead for a table!

“My family and I ate here last night and it was great! The waitress was super friendly and patient with us, the bread was DELICIOUS, and the food was INCREDIBLE. Seriously, the top 3 Italian foods I've ever eaten…Live music was a nice touch as well. You should go here!” - Yelp Review

9. Little Italy

Italian restaurant comfortable enough for the whole family

3001 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

Little Italy is one of the best Italian restaurants in Myrtle Beach. It is a place where classic Italian cuisine and southern hospitality coexist. They believe that nothing can connect people together like good food. It would be a great benefit to visit and find out for yourself. This family owned restaurant has their professionally trained chefs hand craft meals made with fresh and healthy ingredients. 

They provide a great atmosphere on top of the great food. The place feels nice and relaxing,  which makes it the perfect place to bring your family. You really won’t be disappointed if you try this place. 

“Our favorite pizza place when we come to Myrtle Beach!  Pizza is great, not too greasy!  I had a Stromboli and the bread was delicious. My husband had spaghetti with meatballs and a side of sausage!  He said it was perfect. Huge ground beef meatballs and two sausage links with spaghetti sauce! We'll be back again next year.”–Yelp Review

10. Hook & Barrel

Fresh seafood made Italian style

8014 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

Hook & Barrel is all about fresh seafood. They believe that seafood should always be fresh and full of flavor, and that’s exactly what they will serve you. Their food is prepared right in front of guests at the steam galley, and they take pride in providing guests with local and sustainable seafood served in distinctive ways. They promise you’ll be hooked after just one bite!

“This was not only the favorite meal of our trip, but probably one of the best meals of our year. The service with our waiter Carson was incredible. So personable and knowledgeable of the menu. Plus every plate of food from the complimentary pimento cheese to the dessert so wiped clean. Cannot wait to come back!”–Yelp Review

11. Hot Tomato

Casual, family-friendly Italian restaurant that features a full bar and patio

406 21st Ave N | Myrtle Beach |

Hot Tomato is a rustic, upbeat restaurant that is known for its brick oven pizzas and specialty cocktails. 

Hot Tomato offers a number of 10” personal pizzas like the BBQ Chicken, Meat Lovers, and Mediterranean pies. Mouthwatering entrees like Eggplant Rollatini, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Linguine Carbonara can also be found on the menu. 

Thirsty? Hot Tomato also offers a number of fun cocktails like the Myrtle Beach Hurricane, Mango Rum Punch, and Strawberry Lemonade Mojito. Bottoms up!

“I can't leave Myrtle Beach until I stop at Hot Tomato. The food is authentic Italian. Full of flavor and the menu has plenty to choose from. Brick oven pizzas you must try them all. Tiramisu for dessert and then I can happily come back to NC.” - Yelp Review

12. Lombardo's Italian Restaurant 

Italian classics in a romantic ambiance

7604 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

Lombardo’s Italian Restaurant serves up Italian seafood, steak, and pasta in an upscale environment with romantic vibes. Their meals are amazing and easy to love. On their appetizer menu, you’ll find fried calamari, char-grilled octopus, and steamed mussels. Under classics, you will find marsala made with either shrimp, veal, or chicken, piccata, and parmesan. And there are a list of chef specialties that include surf and turf and pork ribeye, and pastas like fettuccine alfredo and penne ala vodka. There is also a list of great seafood and salads. This is the kind of meal you don’t want to miss if you’re close by. 

“Great place and easy location to get in and out of. I felt like we were transported to Italy. I highly recommend this place.”–Yelp Review

13. Toscana Italian Kitchen

European restaurant with southern hospitality

2703 North Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

Toscana Italian Kitchen is an Italian restaurant that has a flair for southern hospitality. You will be greeted by friendly staff and potentially the owners as soon as you walk in. This family owned restaurant likes to make their guests feel at home when they enter their place. The chef makes the types of authentic recipes he learned during his time learning to cook in Milan. Eating at Toscana Italian Kitchen will make you feel like you’re in Italy despite being in Myrtle Beach!

“If you are looking for a chill evening with great food and friendly service, this is the place. We started off with some lovely Sangria. The bread was as awesome as everyone claimed. The simple salad that came with the meal was crisp & fresh, with a delicious house dressing.Highly recommend this family owned business!”–Yelp Review

14. AJ’s Pizza

Casual, laidback eatery that offers pizzas, subs, pasta, and wraps

You can create your own pizza at AJ’s! Image courtesy of Yelp.

5917 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

In the mood for some fresh, hot slices of pizza? Head to AJ’s Pizza! This locally-owned Italian restaurant is known to serve some of the best pizzas in Myrtle Beach. You can order one of their many specialty pizzas like the Spinach Delight or Loaded Pimento pies. Or you can create your own pie by customizing your crust, spices, cheeses, and toppings. 

In addition to their pizza selection, AJ’s Pizza also offers numerous appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and desserts. It’s a great spot if you’re looking for someone to dine with a lot of friends with varying tastes and preferences. Check out their full menu online now. 

“Just got into town from an 8 hour drive! We ordered 3 small pizzas because we couldn't decide on all of the delicious options! We had Chicken Alfredo, Low Country, Pepperoni and bacon! All 3 exceeded expectations!” - Yelp Review

15. Olive Garden

Classic Italian American food in a casual setting

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1405 N Kings Hwy | Myrtle Beach |

Olive Garden is a casual restaurant that serves traditional Italian and Italian American food. It is a pasta haven where you can enjoy many different kinds of pasta at really low prices. Their endless breadsticks are a hot and buttery feature that this restaurant is beloved for. The entrees you’ll find on the menu include chicken alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, and five cheese ziti. You can also get chicken marsala, herb grilled salmon, and if you’re in the mood for more than one type of pasta, there is the tour of Italy, where you can have lasagna, pasta alfredo, and chicken parmigiana. This is a restaurant worth visiting in every city!

“Drove all the way from Murrells Inlet. You're probably wondering why because there are so many restaurants on the Marsh walk. Very few are good. Anyway, Olive Garden was delicious and fresh. Our waitress was amazing. Would come again.”–Yelp Review

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If you’re in the mood for some delicious and authentic Italian food, you can easily find a top-tier restaurant to satisfy your cravings in Myrtle Beach. Which restaurants on the list do you plan to visit next? Let us know in the comment section below! We love hearing all about your foodie adventures.

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