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.
We’re going to come right out and say it: make your reservations now. Ken Vedrinski’s newest restaurant, Coda del Pesce, only seats 70 — and every one of them has an oceanfront view.
Go ahead; we’ll wait.
Coda del Pesce means “tail of the fish” in Italian. It also means that one of Charleston’s most successful chefs is taking a big leap, beyond downtown, to Isle of Palms. Surf prediction: major waves.
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.