Myrtle Seaside is fortunate the Toniolo household picked our space for the second location of their Italian restaurant referred to as Stefano’s Cucina Rustica. They’ve owned the primary location of the identical identify in Florence for 19 years.
The house owners are Steve and Anna Toniolo, and their 23-year-old son, Steve, is the overall supervisor of the brand new eatery, which is in Carolina Forest. Steve is a latest school grad with a enterprise diploma.
Stefano’s has a heat décor wealthy with colours of a Tuscan sundown: umber, sienna, misty inexperienced. Low steel ceiling followers and lights have a terra cotta hue, and arches that peek into the kitchen lend an old-world air. Traditional Italian music performs, and it was the primary time I heard “Volare” in Italian.
The classic theme matches with the heirloom household recipes the Toniolos use, like their marinara and meat sauce that is wealthy and thick and sweetly peppery from contemporary herbs and spices.
Meals begin with a contemporary and heat mini bread loaf. The server brings a white dish with a resting place for a spoon containing freshly minced garlic and herbs. On the desk the server pours olive oil into the dish and mixes within the spoonful of flavorings to create contemporary dipping oil.
From 11 a.m. to three p.m. there’s a particular lunch menu. For $7 diners have a alternative of Lasagna, Rooster Tortellini, Rooster Parmesan, Spaghetti, Fettucine Alfredo, Cheese Ravioli or Baked Rigatoni, and so they include a alternative of soup or salad, plus that great bread (which is baked contemporary each day at Benjamin’s Bakery in Surfside Seaside). There are additionally lunch specials, and the day I visited it was Stuffed Peppers.
However you do not have to stay to the lunch menu at noon, as a result of the common menu is on the market for lunch or dinner. There are Paninis like Da Sensible Man with salami, capicola and mozzarella, or The Leaning Tower of Pizza with pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes and mozzarella. Traditional Scorching Subs are additionally listed, like a Philly Cheesesteak and a Parmigiana Sub with meatballs, sausage, eggplant and rooster.
Some of us had been having fun with the pizzas, which may include connoisseur toppings like meatballs, portabello mushrooms, roasted crimson peppers and plum tomatoes. There are additionally small and huge Stromboli, and Stuffed Pizzas like Rooster and Broccoli, the Venice Veggie and a Bacon Double Cheeseburger.
Stefano’s has wings (delicate, medium, sizzling, excessive or teriyaki) and salads together with Antipasto, Buffalo Rooster, Buffalo Shrimp, Fried Tortellini and Fried Calamari.
Appetizers are lavish, reminiscent of Broccoli Cheddar Puffs, Fried Calimari, Provolone Fritta (fried provolone with marinara) and Caprese (contemporary mozzarella and tomato slices drizzled with further virgin olive oil and garnished with contemporary basil). I attempted the great Toasted Crab Dip Ravioli, the place ravioli are filled with a savory crab dip, fried ’til crispy and served with Alfredo dipping sauce.
Most of the entrees are what you’d count on, and so they are available huge parts. There are Lasagna Al Forno, Ravioli Di Quattro Formaggi (4 cheeses), Manicotti, Parmigiana Alla Sorrentina with rooster, eggplant or veal, and Rooster or Veal Marsala.
I attempted the Canneloni, that are pasta sheets stuffed and rolled with floor beef, pork, veal, spinach and 4 cheeses, after which baked and served with toppings of mozzarella and meat sauce. It was hearty and flavorful, and I might eat solely a 3rd of it. My husband loved the remaining for his dinner.
It’s also possible to order Personalised Pasta, the place you’ve gotten a alternative of pastas, a alternative of sauces and you choose from quite a lot of toppings.
A number of rooster entrees embrace Pollo Fumigata, or Smothered Rooster; Pollo Tuscana (lemony); and Rigatoni Raggiata, which implies Offended Rigatoni and is a hearty dish with pasta, rooster, Italian sausage, banana peppers and Alfresco Sauce. On the meat listing are Bistecca Pizzaiola (a smothered ribeye), and Bistecca Toscana (marinated ribeye). There’s a Fish of the Day, plus Gamberi Marinara (gamberi are shrimp), Lobster Ravioli and Tesoro Di Mare (shrimp and scallops on fettucine with Alfredo sauce).
For dessert there are a few cheesecakes, tiramisu and cannoli.
The service is heat, pleasant and environment friendly. I used to be even greeted by servers tending to different tables, and appreciated that my leftovers had been boxed up for me on the desk. It is a nice date spot or household restaurant, and I am guessing Carolina Forest residents shall be grateful to have a spot reminiscent of this to dine at the place they do not need to get out in main site visitors.
Stefano’s Cucina Rustica is at 2005 Oak Coronary heart Street, within the buying heart on the Piggly Wiggly facet of Carolina Forest Boulevard. The quantity is 903-7238, and so they’re open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays by means of Fridays, till 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from midday to 9 p.m. Sundays.