It’s good to reflect on this summer’s vacation and delicious eats as we head into our first few snowflakes flying at home soon. While searching for new eateries on Hilton Head Island we came across some rave reviews for Chef Amanda Russ’s Pomodori and knew we had to give it a try. And what a delight it was!!
Hidden in a small small collection of boutique shops, you wouldn’t know this place is there unless you were looking for it. Comfortable and island casual, you can dine both inside or out for a relaxing weekday meal or a special occasion. Our wait staff and everyone else we encountered were charming and helpful. The personal touch of our name written on slate at our table (we had a reservation) was a nice touch. There’s an eclectic wine list and good selection of cocktails. Once we settled into drinks we perused the menu filled with classic Italian dishes and many that included local seafood.
My wife ordered the pappardelle con costolette brasate – this was a wonderfully rich short rib ragu over handmade ribbons of pasta. There’s no doubt this feels like a signature dish with visions of old Italy and the recipe having been perfected over centuries. I dove into the zuppa di pesce con arrabiata which takes advantage of the plentiful seafood on the island. A spicy tomato sauce complimented the shrimp, mussels and scallops over a bed of linguine. There’s nothing I would change about this amazing combination of spicy, briny and yet somehow light, dish!
I love when we find someplace new that feels like we’ve belonged there all along. Pomodori is an absolute must-try when you’re on the island. Bravo, Chef Amanda, on your culinary expertise and business savvy. There is no doubt that you will be a permanent fixture for locals and visitors for many years to come! Visit gopomodori.com for the full menu and additional information. Dig in!