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“Don't know how we missed this place for this long!”

Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
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Ranked #6 of 369 Restaurants in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana offers traditional regional Italian cuisine combining innovative presentations and style. The award winning culinary team presents a menu using the freshest ingredients for an unforgettable culinary experience featuring homemade gnocchi, succulent veal,daily selections of fresh fish and house-made desserts. Acknowledged by food and wine enthusiasts and critics alike, the restaurant presents a fine-dining experience combining an award-winning wine list, exquisite food, attentive service and the personal touch of a family-owned restaurant serving the Lowcountry since 2002. In addition, Michael Anthony’s operates a Cooking School conducting weekly hands-on and demonstration style cooking classes and a specialty Italian market. Please visit our website or call for information for our class schedule or dining reservations.
Columbia, South Carolina
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197 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Don't know how we missed this place for this long!”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

After a recent review on Trip Advisor of the top restaurants in Hilton Head, we noted that Michael Anthony's Restaurant was right up there. Why we never heard of this or visited it in the past 25 years we have been coming to the island, I don't know. But now that we have visited, we will be back!

We tried to get into the restaurant with a last minute call on Friday night but no tables were available until late, so we made a 6:15 PM reservation for Saturday evening instead. We arrived Saturday, but it was dark already and very difficult to locate the restaurant as it is in a strip office complex and we did not see the sign of the address. We drive around the small parking lot and had difficulty locating a space as it was very crowded already due to other restaurants in that area too. We found it finally, parked and went in. They asked if we had ever been there before and we indicated "no". They inquired how we heard of the restaurant and we indicated "Trip Advisor!"

The restaurant was not that busy at this hour, they led us to a smaller room called the "Market" which has store like shelves on it and various offerings that you can purchase like Italian tomatoes, specialty things for a salad, etc. There were only 4 tables in this smaller room, but there was one waiter that served that room and he was very attentive. This room also has many wine bottles of the offerings they have on display. There is a larger room with many other tables and also a bar area that you can also eat at.

We chose something different for a change in the wine offerings. My wife is choosy about what types of wines she will drink and they offer different "Flights" that include 3 different 2 ounce samples of wines - either red or white. We found this nice because it allowed us to sample the 3 different types. In the wine we chose the white offering which was flight #6 and it came with a pinot grigio, a sauvignon blanc and a chardonnay. We both loved the Rombauer Chardonnay, 2011, a Carneros offering. It was very rich, buttery, and slightly oaky but not a heavy after taste. They also provide a card that describes the wines to you so you can read and experience them by reading what others have to say too. We really enjoyed this.

For dinner, this was the first night of "Restaurant Week" offering and they had a price fix $29.00 three course offering. The portions were slightly smaller in our opinion; but still prepared with perfect attention to detail. We enjoyed all 3 courses, prepared exquisitely and top notch. The "cauliflower" on my salmon plate was cold and is prepared pureed; not to my liking. My wife had the gnocchi; very heavy and filling since it is a potato starch pasta but the sauce was to die for. The desserts too were smaller offerings, but quite perfect.

During dessert, we again tried Flight #8 of the wine offerings; 3 different dessert wine offerings. This was quite different, an ice wine, and 2 different Moscatos. We really loved the Adelsheim Deglace Williamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2008, from Oregon. Fantastic!

The total bill came to $100 for the 2 of us plus the tip. Nice in that we tried different wines, sampled some perfectly prepared foods and thoroughly enjoyed or evening here. We encourage you too to try Michael Anthony’s; we bet you will enjoy it too. Service, food, atmosphere, value - all top notch.

This is now on our list of "visit this place every time you return to HHI!"

  • Visited January 2013
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

This was our first visit and we sat upstairs in a very pleasant room (without a lot of noise from the bar) the servers were very attentive, including the black napkins!

We had the sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers as an appetizer - very tasty. My salmon was delicious and my husband had the ravioli special which he enjoyed. For dessert we had homemade Italian creme puffs.

We thought it was a little expensive but we had a Living Social that allowed us to try it for less. They have a very reasonable early bird special that we will try another time.

  • Visited January 2013
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Westport, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Very good; in context”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This is a very nice restaurant. This is our second visit. I had the antipasto to start. The Italian meats, cheeses and vegetables were all of excellent quality; it is hard to find top quality products in this area. My osso bucco was a very nice generous cut, but the sauce was uninspired and the risotto base did nothing for the dish. It was presented as if it were cous cous. No vegetable. I would have preferred less risotto and something green. One of the others in our party ordered veal which was served with broccoli rabe.

Some positives. The service is excellent and attentive (although I was left without a knife to attack the osso bucco although I did not really need it except to collect the risotto.) The wife loves the black napkins (no white lint on black garments). The upstairs room is away from the bar and there is ample space between tables.

The wine list is thin but they have a corkage policy of $20 per bottle, but you can't bring in just any swill. It has to be something they don't have (not a challenge).

In summary, do not expect "excellent" Italian dining to the standard of NY, NJ, and CT. Our local favorites in Connecticut are better and cost half as much.

Dinner for two was $130 with drinks, corkage, and tip

  • Visited January 2013
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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“excellent”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

rustic and romantic , super service, homemade dishes and wine flights, WOW, we love this place and shall keep coming back.

Visited December 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Excellent Food in a Pleasant Setting”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

We have dined here several times and look forward to coming back. The servers are pleasant and happy to see to your needs. The "Library Room", is small and has great atmosphere. You can purchase a variety of imported cooking oils and relishes. They also have wine tastings. Home made pasta adds to their pasta dishes.

  • Visited January 2013
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