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When it comes to food and travel, I am all about discovery. Even though there are plenty of amazing resources available to find the best restaurants, I prefer word of mouth (from people like you!) or stumbling upon the front door of a neighborhood gem.

On my last evening in South Carolina, my friend Alexa and I decided to treat my mother to a much-needed meal on the town. We were wandering around King Street when we spotted an Italian flag waving in front of a wooden gate, marked by an even smaller gate for “del gatto” – the cat. We smiled and were sold.

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What a beautiful find this little spot was – Pane e Vino. This is my favorite kind of Italian food. It’s traditional, fresh and hearty. We started with the bruschetta that had heaps of fresh chopped tomato and EVOO. Then, my personal favorite, the grilled eggplant, which was baked in a generous amount of tomato sauce. I chose to forego the melted mozzarella but that is an option. Instead, we enjoyed the smoked mozzarella salad that had a crown of arugula around wild mushrooms and a hint of truffle. If every salad tasted like this, I’d be more diligent about my veggies.

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For pasta, we went for classic spaghetti tossed with red pepper and cherry tomatoes, and a penne in a simple red sauce. The portions were so delicious and generous we didn’t even have room for dessert. I repeat: I passed on dessert. Now you know how much I loved this place.

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If any of you ever find yourselves in Charleston, I highly recommend Pane e Vino for a date night or a group dinner. The décor is homey, the patio is bright, and food is absolutely divine.

Xo, Tara

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