Ristorante LIDI, a family-oriented Italian restaurant on Daniel Island, has scheduled its grand opening for Mar. 7.
The dinner menu runs long on Italian-American classics such as Caesar salad, grilled sausage, fried calamari, chicken parmesan, veal picatta, lasagna and linguine with clam sauce (LIDI stands for Little Italy, Daniel Island.) The standard menu is supplemented by a lengthy selection of salads, meat entrees and pastas plated family-style, including a $24 serving of cacio e pepe, which ardent fans of the dish might have trouble sharing.
Main dishes meant for a single eater are priced between $13 and $26.
“Our team seeks to incorporate the area’s unique island lifestyle, ease of access, affordability and the top shelf service Daniel Islanders and Charlestonians expect,” the restaurant’s website announces.
Scott Sankar, who’s spent nearly a decade with P.F. Chang’s, is LIDI’s general manager. Judging from his statement on the restaurant’s website, he’s accustomed to handling deal-seeking customers and their demands:
“Ristorante LIDI has a great concept and idea with a family affordable approach,” he’s quoted as saying. “With that approach comes a broad, diverse and particular market that can be tamed by providing (excellent) service.”
A young daughter has helped endear LIDI’s chef, Jason Colon, to a family-centric dining room offering more ambitious dishes than chicken fingers. Prior to taking the job at LIDI, the Le Cordon Bleu graduate helped open Italian-themed restaurants in Asia and worked as a sous chef for an Italian-Chinese fusion restaurant in Honolulu.
LIDI is located at 901 Island Park Dr. To learn more, call 303-1113 or visit ristorantelidi.com.