One of Charleston’s most acclaimed and accomplished chefs, Ken Vedrinski, has expanded his restaurant offerings with his newest venture, Coda del Pesce (Italian for “tail of the fish”). The 70+ seat contemporary Italian influenced restaurants showcases the area’s most untapped asses – the ocean and the view and menu hightlight this incredible bounty.
Passion. To be passionate about what you do is reflected in your work, your outlook on life, and if you are a chef, in your food. Food created out of passion is good food and when many people (including other chefs) in Charleston, South Carolina are seeking really good food, they book a table at Trattoria Lucca. When you think of Charleston dining, the area between King Street and East Bay offers some of the finest restaurants in the Untied States. A few years ago we were directed off the usual path to dine with Chef Ken Vedrinski in an area of town that was very unfamiliar.
At Trattoria Lucca, which opened in Charleston, SC, in 2008, that means dishes that showcase fresh local seafood, from the crudo of grouper to homemade ricotta cavatelli with flounder in a shellfish broth. For a truly special treat, time your visit to the Monday evening family supper, a communal seating during which chef Ken Vedrinski serves a four-course prix fixe menu for $38.
Even though Ken Vedrinski’s Lucca is named after a town in Tuscany, this dish of fresh snails, creamy fresh Cresenza cheese, and a wild-onion broth wears its American pedigree proudly.
Chef Ken Vedrinski’s Family Supper, now on Monday nights, is the ticket. Sit down at a communal table and share the four set courses ($36) of antipasti, pasta, entrée, and dolce and cross your fingers that he’ll be serving the to-die-for crudo of grouper.
Another crowd-pleasing chef, Ken Vedrinski, has left Sienna, on Daniel Island, to set up a place in the old Johnson & Wales building downtown (called Ristorante Introdacqua, it should be open by late summer); he combines an Italian sensibility with Lowcountry ideas to make modern dishes like piccata of grouper with a spicy blue-crab marinara. Last fall, he opened Trattoria Lucca, Charleston’s answer to a casual Mario Batali place, on an unlikely residential corner away from the tourist traps, and the natives came running.
Named the Monday Family Supper at Trattoria Lucca one of the top five food experiences in Charleston. “Lucca is arguably Charleston’s best Italian restaurant and the chance to dine communally while Vedrinski excitedly explains the day’s offerings is priceless.”