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.
CHARLESTON, SC – April 15, 2013—One of Charleston’s most acclaimed and accomplished chefs, Ken Vedrinski, will be expanding his restaurant offerings this summer as he opens his newest venture, Coda del Pesce (Italian for “tail of the fish”). The 70+ seat contemporary Italian influenced restaurant will showcase the area’s most untapped asset—the ocean and the view and menu will highlight this incredible bounty.
Located on the main street of Front Beach on the Isle of Palms (1130 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC, 25 miles south of downtown Charleston), the restaurant in currently undergoing a complete renovation to ensure key elements highlight the impressive backdrop. This includes adding floor to ceiling windows to overlook the ocean, restoring and featuring reclaimed woods for new flooring and wall treatments, utilizing natural materials like driftwood in areas such as lighting and using colors like beachy blues and grays. There will be a small outside deck overlooking the ocean featuring 18 seats covered in an arch filled with Italian styled topiaries, perfect for small and more intimate gatherings. The inside host a welcoming bar area for a more casual island drop-in. Open seven days a week, the bar begins service at 4:30pm daily and dinner from 5:00-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11:00pm on weekends.
Most every dish at Coda del Pesce will feature fresh, locally or sustainably caught seafood in primi, secondi and piatti selections that will change daily based on what’s fresh and available. The core of the menu will be reflective of the local waters and Vedrinski will offer a fresh perspective to this style of cuisine. Vedrinski will offer his popular house made pastas and crudo loyal diners have grown accustom to at his downtown establishment Trattoria Lucca. Wines, all Italian, will be extensive and mostly comprised of hard to find varietals, all hand selected by Vedrinski based on relationships he has formed with the producers.