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June Restaurant News


New Italian restaurant opens on New Orleans Road

Celebrated New Jersey chef Nunzio Patruno has opened a mid-range-priced Italian restaurant at 18 New Orleans Road, a renovated building where the Reebook Crossfit used to be. Nunzio Restaurant + Bar features a large bar area, two outdoor seating areas and room for 175 customers. “Nunzio’s classic and contemporary Italian dishes perfectly portray the harmony between South Carolina and Italy,” manager Maribel Patruno said. “By evoking the simplicity of southern Italian food and combining locally sourced ingredients, Nunzio’s menu delivers a bouquet of regional flavors.” Additional executive staff includes Angelo Domenico Patruno, chef de cuisine; Michael Woods, restaurant manager; and Nunzio Patruno, chef and owner.

Special events at Rollers

Rollers is hosting special events three nights a week at three of its Hilton Head Island locations.

Tasty Tuesday, a wine and cheese tasting (5-7 p.m., 9 Palmetto Bay Road)

Wineaux Wednesday, a wine-tasting event (5-7 p.m., 6 Lagoon Road)

Thirsty Thursday, a wine-tasting event (5-7 p.m., 95 Mathews Drive)

Drink this: Sweet Tea Float

Next time you find yourself on Bay Street in Beaufort, be sure to check out the Sweet Tea Bar inside of Scout Southern Market. Their Original Sweet Tea Float is made with two scoops of sorbet, topped with sweetened iced tea. Pay no mind to the rumors that it’s addictive.

New food trailer parked on south end

A new barbecue food trailer is parked at 144 Arrow Road, across from ESPY Lumber on Hilton Head Island. The cash-only mobile restaurant is called Papa Wheelie’s Smoked Eats and Meats and is the brainchild of locals Bryan Bobinchuck and Tim Moore. The menu includes sliders, wraps, nachos and chili cheese dogs.

Treat yourself: Mackinac Island Fudge

Did you know Mackinac Island is America’s Fudge Capital? If you did, we’re guessing you’ve already tasted this incredible fudge available at Kilwins Hilton Head, located at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. If you haven’t had it, go treat yourself. You’ll love it so much, you may consider driving to Michigan for the annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival in August. You should be able to get there in 20 hours by car if you coordinate your stops.

Lucky Rooster opens south end location

With a focus on fresh, flavorful food that fits into a fun-filled day on the beach, chef Clayton Rollison has opened Lucky Rooster Market Street at Coligny Plaza. The globally influenced menu features dishes such as pimento cheese dip with fried green tomatoes, Lowcountry rice bowls, catfish po’ boy sandwiches, lamb roti rolls and shabazi chicken flatbread. “We believe elevated food can be served in a quick-service setting,” Rollison said. “And there are so many dishes we’ve wanted to do at Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar that didn’t fit what we were doing. ”It features a full bar with craft cocktails, beer, and frozen drink offerings for both kids and adults. The restaurant has an industrial vibe with two bars — one inside, one outside — and ample patio seating. It’s also dog friendly. The fast-casual restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily.

Sip this: Thick as Thieves

“We love our local breweries, so what is not to love about a collab from eight of them out of the Charleston Brewery District — Palmetto Brewing Co., Revelry Brewing, Cooper River Brewing Co., Fatty’s Beer Works, Edmonds Oast Brewing Co., Munkle Brewing Co., Tradesman Brewing Co., and Lo-Fi Brewing have all teamed up to create a hazy, juicy, slightly sour IPA called Thick as Thieves. We love to see the teamwork here between places that could choose to be competitors. Instead, they know there is room for all. We are confident it will not disappoint!” — Stephanie Stawski, wine & beer buyer, manager, certified sommelier at Rollers

Hot product: Pici Toscani

Pici is a type of hand-made pasta that is typically served in the southern part of Tuscany. It is the simplicity of the recipe and their preparation that makes them so good: Water, flour and very little or no eggs, which are then worked by hand until very thick spaghetti is created. Celebrated in many festivals in Tuscany, they are perfect with an arrabbiata sauce, which is called “aglione” in Tuscany, or with sauces made with game. You can taste the tradition of Tuscany directly in your home. Find it in the Market at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana.

Sunday Jazz on the Sound

Spend a Sunday evening aboard the 63-foot Salty Dog Cruise Boat, exploring the magic of the Lowcountry waterways while enjoying the sounds of live jazz under the stars. Enjoy jazz-themed food and drink specials, served from an on-board galley kitchen with full bar while listening to a live jazz performance from Candace Woodson. Cruises are from 7-9 p.m. each Sunday in June. $30.

Dance the Night Away at Ruby Lee’s South

If dancing to live music is your idea of a good time, be sure to check out the Wednesday night performances by Target The Band at Ruby Lee’s South. The popular band is one of the most entertaining and enduring groups in the Lowcountry, and fills the Ruby Lee’s dance floor with both classics and current chart toppers. Performances start at 7 p.m.