South Myrtle Beach Italian eatery is a clandestine happy hour spot

December 11, 2013 

THE LOCALE | Scatori’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant

THE LOWDOWN | You may have eaten there without even knowing that Scatori’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant not only has a bar, but offers happy hour specials, as well. That’s where we went for happy hour this week.

Scatori’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant is located near the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 right next to Lowes Foods. One side is the pizzeria, offering eat-in or takeout New York-style pizzas. Next door to the pizzeria (separated by a full-length wall) is the Italian Restaurant which offers casual fine dining.

The decor makes you feel like you might actually be in Italy, and the paintings showcase some of the beautiful landscapes of the Italian coasts. Soft tunes by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble play in the background. Locals and out-of-towners find themselves sitting in the dining area, which has several tables covered in white table cloths, or in back at the bar that seats a handful of people.

The establishment has a large wine selection. The executive chef offers a five course chef’s dinner based on your preferences and paired with wine. (He never makes the same dish twice.) You can call for reservations, or he can even do it on the spot.

Scatori’s Italian Restaurant serves an Early Bird menu daily. You can also snag food and drink specials during happy hour, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Drink deals include $4 house wines, $3 domestic beers, $4 import beers, $4.50 mixed drinks and $5 margaritas, daiquiris and martinis. Five-dollar appetizers include parmesan herb-crusted fried cheese, bruschetta and fried mushrooms. You can get meatball sliders or pesto and parmesan chicken bites for $6 and garlic knots for three bucks.

TIPS | Scatori’s has a New Year’s Eve special which includes a four course meal, dessert and champagne toast. Call for details and reservations.

FIND IT | 1399 South Commons Drive, Myrtle Beach. Call 650-3370 or visit www.scatoris.com.

Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge

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