Tucked away in a quiet corner of downtown Charleston’s Elliotsborough neighborhood lies chef Ken Vedrinski’s charming Italian eatery, Trattoria Lucca. Inspired by the ancient Tuscan city of Lucca, a place renowned for its olive oils, Trattoria Lucca brings the essence of Italian cuisine to the Lowcountry.
A few years ago, back before the Great Recession, Ken Vedrinski was bullish on downtown. The chef and restaurateur behind Trattoria Lucca was ready to go big. He invested some serious bucks into a space at the old Cigar Factory on East Bay Street where an Atlanta developer was planning major things, mainly fancy loft apartments. Vedrinski was planning an Italian seafood restaurant called Introdacqua. Of course, we all know what happened next. The bottom fell out, the bank pulled out, and Vedrinski was left holding an empty bag.