Anyone having a vacation on Hilton Head Island would probably think of seafood as their first choice. That’s completely valid as there’s a ton of seafood available on the island. However, when you’re over the hype and want other options, Italian entrees on the island make a great substitute. Sure, you can’t agree until you try. Here are Beachside Hilton Head’s favorite Italian restaurants in Hilton Head, so you can try them out.

1. Nunzio

Nunzio is a newer place, but their cooking tells a different story. It is one of the most popular spots for both tourists and locals thanks to its line of contemporary South Carolina favorites, great wine selections, and traditional Italian cooking.

Dining at Nunzio not only lets guests enjoy the harmony between distinct flavors but the welcoming upscale ambiance as well — all thanks to the restaurant’s chefs (and owners).

The establishment is popular for its mussels marinara, veal scallopini, and stuffed shells, but everyone loves their profiteroles for dessert. They’re definitely a must-try!

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2. Ombra Cucina Rustica

Combining rustic elegance with authentic Italian cooking and smooth-textured wines, Ombra Cucina Rustica has been a long-time favorite for locals. This award-winning restaurant and bar is also gaining popularity among tourists for their classic Italian food and modern, regional dishes.

Fresh local ingredients and their passion for serving good food have always been the key to their best sellers, like their chicken with wild mushrooms, fried calamari, and sausage broccoli rabe. Guests who come by for happy hour (4:30 PM to 6:30 PM) will enjoy a 20% discount on their wines and spirits as well as a free pizzetta.

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3. Pomodori Italian Eatery

Pomodori Italian Eatery takes comfort food to the next level with its Southern Italian dishes inspired by classic Calabrian favorites. Tourists who are craving both seafood and Italian dishes have come to the right place at Pomodori’s. Their menu consists of a mouthwatering selection of fish, salads, and pasta paired with homemade soups and sauces that complement their premium wines.

Their homemade pasta selection ranges from traditional lasagna with ground beef to hand-cut pasta in vodka sauce. All of Pomodori’s desserts — including cannoli and espresso torta — are priced at $10. Pomodori is personally one of Beachside HHI’s favorite Italian restaurants in Hilton Head.

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4. Stellini Italian Restaurant

You can enjoy a three-course meal at Stellini with their Early Bird Promo, but that’s not exactly the reason for Stellini Italian Restaurant’s popularity.

For over 30 years, the Jersey-inspired family restaurant captures tastebuds with authentic traditional cuisine ranging from classic pasta dishes to meat and fish. Stellini also offers kids’ meals and a good selection of sweet favorites, which are sure to please your kids!

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5. Bella Italia Pizza

If you’re dying to try a cauliflower-based crust or simply want a healthier, gluten-free, NY-style pizza, dial Bella Italia Pizza’s phone number.

Bella Italia is all about satisfying cravings for pizza, but it’s not just the pizzas they take pride in. Their wide selection of classics and modern favorites are one of their best qualities. These include chicken wings, paninis, and subs.

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Key Takeaway

It’s not just great seafood that captures the heart of visitors of Hilton Head; Italian flavors are extremely popular as well — and these restaurants are the proof. Although there’s a lot more around the island, these are the most recommended spots that best represent Italian cooking in Hilton Head.