Hutson Alley, 39-G John Street (King Street)
Charleston, SC 29403
Serving modern takes on time-honored Italian plates in a classy, old-school space (brick walls, vintage bistro floor tiles, servers in formal attire), this King St. outpost is Charleston's go-to for hearty Sicilian comfort food. Expect creatively plated, classic dishes like bruschetta, house-made burrata, and calamari, alongside gratuitous portions of veal saltimbocca, tagliatelle with sage brown butter, and more. Like any self-respecting Italian joint, the bar is well-stocked with curated vintages and varietals, but the martinis -- expertly made and garnished with fresh olives -- are equally as timeless and solid.