If you want an Italian restaurant that serves the foods of Milan, Italy, then Pasta Pomodoro is the place for you. And when I say that these are authentic, I mean authentic. Such dishes as Gamberi, Ravioli di Zucca, and Cozze are just a few of the items that adorn this fine restaurant’s menu.

It surprises me each time I go to Little Italy just how many Italian restaurants are there. We considered Sabatino’s however we both weren’t impressed the last time we visited there. Amicci’s was packed with a line waiting outside. It concerned my date and I that it was billing itself as “very” dinner around me. With the word casual in quotations we weren’t sure what that meant so we passed it up. We checked out the menu at Rocco’s and Germano’s before throwing caution to the wind and just going over to Ciao Bella. There was no wait and were able to get a table on a Saturday night. It’s a cute little restaurant. I could see how this place could be considered romantic with its small atmosphere and linen napkins and tablecloths.

There are a number of drawbacks, however. Firstly, during peak dinner times, the wait for a table can be excrutiatingly long (think one to two hours). On weekend nights while the college is in session, the bar can be completely inaccessible. This is due both to the proximity to the college and to the small size of the bar. Other bars close to the college, such as the Flying Bull Saloon and the Blue Parrot Bistro, don’t have this problem as much due to their size and efficiency.

No. 2: Highlight of the Sugar Shack (best casual restaurant on Tybee Island or Savannah) menu: For lunch, they have 5 ounce and 10 ounce hamburgers and a full line of sandwiches and subs. Their daily lunch specials are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and include a 5 ounce “real burger,” fries and medium tea.

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