This wonderful Italian restaurant is well known and much liked by tourists and locals alike. Myrtle Beach is awash in opportunities to eat at a wide array of fast food emporia and buffet troughs, some of which are quite nice within their niche, but this restaurant is in a class by itself. Smallish (seats about 60), quiet, decorated in the usual faux-Italian villa paint and wallpaper, we were first struck by the warm welcome we received. Though we dined unfashionably early, of a weeknight, there were few other diners, the room quiet. Our server, Andrew Berardi, was magnificent: he was warm and welcoming, knowledgeable, willing. We had a number of questions about menu items, and he was encyclopedic in his explanations, gave recommendations without pushing unnecessarily on any of them, accommodated our requests happily, and was generally the epitome of a great waiter, good host. My wife and I enjoyed the fresh, warm bread and oil/pepper, a delicious cold antipasto plate (artichokes, olives, onion, capicola, mortadella, pepperoni, Genoa salami, and more, a lovely field greens tossed salad (Gorgonzola/oil/vinegar dressing is delightful), and we each had seafood and pasta creations, mine a Fra Diavolo, and both were delicious. By the time dessert was a consideration, we'd had our fill, and regretfully passed, though the offerings were very tempting. This dining experience is one we will remember for some time to come as a perfect storm of atmosphere, personal attention, and delicious food. Make no mistake, this is a world class eatery, and the price reflects this. As we were departing, I stopped to complement the chef, who was unfortunately not immediately available, but the older lady who'd been sitting at a table for two with a young lad, who was clearly (by their interaction) her grandson, came forward. Andrew having told her I wished to speak, she apparently was concerned something was amiss, for she had a look of worry on her face; her English was imperfect, but her heart was absolutely in the right place. She indicated she was the mother of the proprietor, was there anything she could do? I assured her that not only was nothing wrong, but that we had very, very much enjoyed ourselves and merely wanted to convey this to the man responsible. She still seemed nonplussed, until I kissed her hand, at which point the sun-bright smile she shone let us know she knew what we were about. I cannot strongly enough recommend this place, and most especially Andrew, the quintessential host.
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