MidiCi Pizza will open in the spring at the old Hilton Head Brewing Company location in Reilley’s Plaza. The restaurant will serve authentic and traditional Neapolitan cuisine with natural, fresh ingredients. Acclaimed Italian restauranteurs Peppe Miele and Mario Vollera created the menu and Los Angeles architect Sam Marshall designed the 3,000-square-foot restaurant. For more information, go to www.myMidiCi.com.
Many areas of the United States have their own version of deviled crab. In Florida, Cuban rolls are wrapped around crabmeat and fried. In Maryland, crab is bathed in a delicious white sauce and baked. But few places do deviled crab like Daufuskie Island.
The Cracked Egg will be Ridgeland’s latest breakfast spot, taking over the former Joe Loves Lobster Rolls location at 2915 Okatie Highway. The Cracked Egg’s first location opened in Port Royal in April and a third location is in the works for Beaufort. The menu will include simple breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The Cracked Egg will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Nonna Rosa, an Italian restaurant in Okatie, has opened a second location in Bluffton. The new restaurant serves Italian dishes with a modern twist. Chef Mariona Carannante of Naples, Italy, attended culinary school in Rome and trained throughout Italy and Europe. Carannante’s brother Peppe Gialone is a co-owner and chef. The Bluffton location opens every day at 4 p.m. for dinner at 5 Godfrey Place.
Paul Rabe of Bluffton, who serves up specialty cocktails at The Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar on Hilton Head Island and Calhoun Street Tavern in Bluffton, won the grand prize for the second year in a row at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival bartender challenge in December. His two winning concoctions were Darjeeling 1888 Punch, which won the bourbon category and can be sampled at The Lucky Rooster, and Farrier’s Reward, which won in the tequila category and is available at Calhoun Street Tavern in Old Town Bluffton.
Hilton Head Distillery’s new barrel-aged rum, Two Traditions Dark 23 Rum, is handcrafted using a granulated molasses base and aged in pre-used port wine barrels. The process uses 23 of these barrels, which are made of charred American oak, rich in flavor. The result is a bourbon-esque rum with a delightfully complex palate.
FARM Bluffton will host a wine dinner from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 19. The theme is “Resolution Solutions,” and the dinner will include flavorful dishes that will feel decadent, but won’t ruin anyone’s commitment to a healthful new year. For reservations, call 843-707-2041 or go to www.farmbluffton.com.
WONDERING WHAT TO SERVE FOR DINNER? WONDER NO LONGER, THANKS TO WATUSI CAFÉ.
Since opening in 2012, the restaurant has earned rave reviews for its breakfast and lunch menus, and now owners Cheryl and Kerri Rieck are hoping dinner will be a success, too. The sisters have crafted a diverse menu of healthy meals, plus gluten-free and vegetarian options, staying true to their vision of Watusi as a cozy environment where friends can gather after a long day to unwind over a glass of wine or hand-crafted cocktail while enjoying a delicious meal.
As part of its planned culinary institute, Technical College of the Lowcountry recently proposed a museum dedicated to the Lowcountry’s unique regional food culture, a venture it’s calling the Lowcountry Culinary Arts Interpretive Center. According to a presentation to Beaufort County Council, the museum would host rotating and permanent exhibits dedicated to area agriculture, cultural foodways and seafood heritage. In addition, the museum could be used to host cooking classes chef lectures and more.
One of the hottest culinary trends parked itself north of the Broad for the inaugural Food Truck Festival this past month. The surprising popularity of the event led to a few long lines, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for some of our area’s most popular trucks including Murican Border, Time to Eat, Lowcountry Lobstaaah and Chazito’s Latin Cuisine. Proceeds from the event benefited the Lowcountry Jaycees Camp Hope.
Local Savannah brewery SouthBound Brewing Co. will soon open a taphouse inside the Savannah-Hilton Head Island International Airport just outside security. The taphouse will not only offer a place to grab a cold local beer before a flight, it will also offer a full menu as well as pool tables. Southbound Brewing Co. opened in 2013 and offers a full suite of craft beers brewed right in Savannah. Launched in partnership with HMSHost, this represents the brewery’s first restaurant venture following new laws allowing breweries to sell direct to consumer in Georgia. For more information, visit www.southboundbrewingco.com.