Whether you’re a pasta enthusiast, a pizza lover, or simply a foodie who appreciates good Italian cuisine, you’ll find your cravings fully satisfied while vacationing in Hilton Head. You don’t even have to go far if you’re on the hunt for some authentic Italian food. There are plenty of restaurants ranging from traditional trattorias to chic ristorantes, all serving amazing and delicious Italian cuisine.
Check some of our personal favorite local Italian restaurants below. All are highly reviewed on both Google and Yelp and will definitely leave you wanting more!
OMBRA Cucina Italiana
Location: 1000 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC
We start our culinary adventure with OMBRA Cucina Italiana. This gem captures the essence of Italian dining with its warm and inviting atmosphere. OMBRA offers a diverse menu featuring traditional Italian dishes prepared with a contemporary twist. If you’re looking for gluten-free Italian food, this is the place to go!
From mouthwatering pastas to delectable seafood and tender meats, OMBRA has something to satisfy every palate. The cozy yet sophisticated ambiance makes it a perfect choice for a romantic dinner or an intimate gathering with friends.
Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana
Location: 37 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island
Nestled on New Orleans Road, Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana has been delighting locals and visitors alike for over two decades. This sophisticated restaurant offers a wide range of Italian favorites made with the freshest produce and meats. They make everything in-house, from their pasta to every item on their crowd-favorite dessert menu — including their tiramisu and gelato!
If you’re looking for something a bit more laidback, make sure to visit The Market Cafe. This adjacent space offers equally delicious casual dining options including delectable deli sandwiches, pizzas, and Italian coffees.
Bella Italia Pizza
Location: 95 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island
If you’re more of a pizza person, make sure to visit Bella Italia Pizza! This pizza haven will make your heart skip a beat. They offer several flavors, from regular cheese and Hawaiian to unique Greek white pizza and their Godmother’s pizza — all of which are crafted with love and topped with fresh ingredients.
However, Bella Italia isn’t just about pizza; their pasta, chicken wings, and paninis are crowd-favorites as well. Oh, and make sure to save room for their irresistible homemade tiramisu or Italian lemon cream cake!
Location: 430 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island
Prepare to be dazzled by the culinary artistry at Gusto Ristorante. This elegant establishment on William Hilton Parkway prides itself on crafting traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist.
Their menu features a wide array of options, including handmade pastas, succulent seafood, and expertly prepared meats. You should definitely try their chicken parmigiana, lasagna, and frutti di Mare! They also have a wide variety of wines to pair with each meal. With its chic interior and attentive service, Gusto Ristorante offers an ideal setting for a special occasion or a memorable night out.
Stellini Italian Restaurant
Location: 15 Executive Park Rd, Hilton Head Island
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Stellini Italian Restaurant, a beloved Hilton Head establishment that’s been open since 1979. This family-owned gem has been a favorite of both locals and tourists for generations.
Stellini’s dedication to traditional Italian cooking shines through in every dish. From their homemade sauces and fresh, crispy salads to their handmade tortellinis and other pasta, each bite is a testament to their commitment to authentic flavors. With its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, Stellini’s offers a warm and welcoming dining experience.
Pomodori Italian Eatery
Location: 1 New Orleans Rd, Hilton Head Island
Last but certainly not least, we present Pomodori Italian Eatery. Since opening its doors in 1996, Pomodori has been wowing diners with its vibrant ambiance and mouthwatering Italian fare — including our personal fave: their calamari fritti and homemade orecchiette con salsiccia!
Their menu features a blend of traditional and contemporary dishes, highlighting the best flavors of Italy. From their insalatas and bruschetta to their traditional lasagna and piccata, Pomodori serves up Italian comfort food at its finest.
Treat Yourself to Good Food and Good Vibes
If you want to visit all these amazing restaurants for an authentic Italian food pilgrimage while vacationing in Hilton Head, here’s our pro-tip for you!
Make Beachside Hilton Head your home base during your beachside culinary adventure. With our prime locations near the beach, you’ll have the perfect place to rest and recharge after indulging in the best Italian food the area has to offer. We offer different types of vacation rental properties, ranging from cozy beachfront cottages and bungalows to luxurious tropical retreats that can house up to 13 guests.
Pack your bags, bring your appetite, and get ready to savor the flavors of Italy in Hilton Head. From the tantalizing aroma of fresh basil to the cheesy perfection of a wood-fired pizza, this island will definitely treat your taste buds to an unforgettable feast. Buon appétito!