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Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana
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Ranked #2 of 374 Restaurants in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
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.
hilton head
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Recent reviews are correct”
Reviewed December 3, 2010

M A's is a restaurant for special times so if it is all about "value" then there are certainly better Italian restaurants that offer that........

That being said, the menu is somewhat small, the portions as well and in this tough economy you might want to shop around a bit.............. M A' s certainly the finest Italian on the island but if you dont mind some noise and outstanding bang for the buck.,,,, IL Cappricio at Pineland Station is great as is Stellini (heavy on garlic)

Although not Italian, I would suggest the Sage Room if you are going to spend that kind of $.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“No longer our favorite HHI restaurant.”
Reviewed November 11, 2010

When visiting HHI, we have eaten at Michael Anthony's every year for the past 5 years, sometimes more than once on the same visit. In 2009 our experience was less than expected and in October 2010, it was downright disappointing. We dined there to celebrate my husband's birthday and all the things we loved about this restaurant seemed to have given way to basically what seems to be a poor attitude (when you become #1, you can get complacent). We were greeted with a dour, unsmiling hostess when arriving on time for our reservation. Even attempts at pleasantries did not thaw this gal out. The food was average. Considering the inconsistency in food quality (it has been fantastic in the past) and what we found now, I would not take a chance and return, considering the prices. Go to The Studio instead. Now there, you'll enjoy your meal!

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Park Ridge, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Overrated to say the least.”
Reviewed October 28, 2010

We went to this restaurant after reading so many great reviews of it. We did think it had a very nice atmosphere, and it was a relaxing place to be in. The food was in general pretty good: pasta was cooked well, salads were tasty and fresh, the osso buco special tasted good. The fish was less successful, but not bad. But nothing stood out as excellent, not even close.
Food aside, what inspired me to write this review was the clueless service staff. My goodness. Our server was all fake smiles and no action. She didn't give us bread while other tables had it, and the support staff was even more clueless than she was: One surly-looking guy came by with appetizers, dumped them in front of us as though we had done something to offend him, and didn't even give a spoon to the person who had ordered soup. When we asked for a spoon, another guy came by with it and mumbled "sorry." What the...? What kind of service is this for a pricey restaurant that supposedly has a solid reputation in that area? We were really bummed out about the service.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very Good but Not Excellent”
Reviewed October 24, 2010

We booked with high expectations (having read the reviews), it was not disappointing but it was not impeccable either. The restaurant acknowledged our anniversary with a nice glass of champagne and an amuse bouche (a bit of tomato on stale toast). The appetizers were very good - no complaints, my husband had the veal shank which was very nicely prepared and very tasty. My pasta and seafood entree was okay - nothing special. Overall a nice evening, very good service and the atmosphere was pleasing.

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Houston, Texas
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nouvelle Italian at its very best”
Reviewed October 22, 2010

Michael Anthony's is world class by anyone's standards. The chef's interpretations of traditional Italian food and his new ideas are extraordinary. Great wine list. Only drwback is the price, but you get what you pay for.

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