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Rosso Trattoria Italia
Rosso Trattoria Italia

Rosso Trattoria Italia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rossocolumbia.com
  • Email: rossocolumbia@gmail.com
  • Phone: (803) 787-3949
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Bar Opens Daily at 4:30

    Bar opens daily at 4:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kristian Niemi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: ROSSO can cater nearly any event. Simply call us to discuss the details of your next special event. Check out our website for our Private Luncheon menu. We can also cater box and platter lunches. Call us for more info.

  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us if you are interested in booking a private event or function in either our private dining area or by buying out all or part of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren (803) 787-3949
  • Entertainment: Join us for LIVE Jazz every Saturday evening with local jazz artists.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Rosso is available for Private Luncheons any day of the week. We are also a fantastic venue for afternoon Wedding Receptions and much more affordable than most catering halls. Call us to discuss your next lunch meeting, private group luncheon or wedding reception.

    Rosso is also available for a complete Buy-Out for the evening. Call us to discuss pricing for holding your next Private Event at Rosso!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Trenholm Plaza
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: ROSSO is located in Trenholm Plaza, which has plenty of FREE public parking. In addition to the main lot, there is also a large, well-lit lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Rosso Trattoria Italia
ROSSO is an elegantly casual Italian trattoria created by one of the founders of Mr. Friendly's, Gervais & Vine and Solstice Kitchen. The warm, open kitchen features a wood-fired grill and wood-burning oven and the cuisine is simple, rustic and absolutely fantastic. Using local, seasonal products whenever possible, the menu boasts an array of antipasti, fresh pastas, grilled meats and wood-roasted dishes. Their wood-grilled Tuscan Steak Frites is among the best steaks in town and the Chicken Parmesan--an American-Italian classic--sets the standard. The wine list is decidedly Italian with some New World wines with Italian spirit. ROSSO also features a variety of Italian spirits and craft beers, as well. The dining room is rustic, yet modern with rich woods and sleek leather chairs. There are two large communal tables for small groups to get together or for strangers to become friends. Located in Trenholm Plaza, in the heart of Forest Acres, just five minutes from downtown Columbia.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We really enjoyed the creative food, and upscale atmosphere. The service was very attentive, which was great. I enjoyed my drink very much (the Aperol cocktail). There are a variety of dishes on the menu, so everyone in a group can find something that meets their taste. We look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Rosso remains in the top of our list of favorites. Love the creative and delicious food. Excellent in all respects last Thursday evening. We will return."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was good, and service was friendly and efficient. My friends and I enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere despite the somewhat loud noise level."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We made a last minute reservation for Saturday night and it was wonderful! We always love going to Rosso when we make it into town. The specials are always amazing, and worst case, the normal menu is always outstanding! We love Rosso!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "3 friends and I went to Rosso for dinner before a play. Our server had just seen the play so we got to chat about that and she understood that we were on a schedule. She offered suggestions, got our drinks and meals to us quickly and we were off to see the show! I'll definitely be back when I have more time, as I really liked the look and feel of the restaurant too!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant continues to be one of the best places to eat in Columbia. Unique dishes, excellent service!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food and service are always wonderful and they have great daily specials. My favorite restaurant in Columbia, SC"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is my favorite place to meet friends for a glass of wine or go out for a special meal ... a very welcoming place with great food and staff."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Any meat (fish, chicken, pork) is always cooked to perfection. Service has always been great and I love the atmosphere. It is our go to resturant when we have guest who enjoy good food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was a good date spot that did not break the bank. The food was great for the prices and the service was excellent. I am glad a friend recommended it for a good weeknight date spot. Don't be deterred by it being in a shopping center! I am looking forward to going back one day for happy hour pizza!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Love to have a nice meal here. Super quality food prepared in unique and inventive ways."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was our first dining at Rosso. The restaurant has a great interior and offers outdoor seating. We had the pork belly as an appetizer. So crispy and flavorful. The apples and sauce cut the richness of the belly. For entree I had wood grilled scallops with polenta and seasonal veggies. The scallops were perfect and a bit smokey (the good kind). My partner had chicken breast which was tender and juicy. I was practically moaning at each bite. The service was excellent. Now that we have found Rosso we plan to return monthly. If we lived closer, it would be weekly."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I always enjoy the food here, but find the service slow. It takes light years to get drinks, a check, etc, but to be fair the service is always kind, polite and willing to accomdate requests."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Rosso Trattoria is a favorite of mine, I go every time I visit Columbia. Last night's meal was excellent! The veal porterhouse is not to be missed - tender juicy and delicious! It was served with this wonderful potato hash that I loved also. Teoti had the fillet mignon, which is always first rate. Travis, the chef, has a knack for finding the most wonderful local fresh ingredients. It makes all the flavors leap off the plate! Highly recommended!! Thanks again Travis, you always make us feel special!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Terrific food, service and atmosphere. A favorite!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "As always, food, service and atmosphere are great."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Rosso's is a great restaurant for couples and families with older children. I was first introduced to Rosso's by a niece who had her birthday dinner there and also eats there on a regular basis with her husband. I think people that work in the restaurant industry know where the best places are located. Rosso's is located in the Trenholm Plaza shopping center with good parking options."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Have been to Rosso several times, and this was one of the best. Food was good, service was good. The restaurant is a little bit noisy, which can be a problem for larger groups."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We tried this restaurant for the first time on our anniversary. I saw the chef on the news cooking the night before and it looked fabulous. We had no problem getting a reservation and had excellent service but the food was just okay. My husband ordered the scallops and they were overcooked and rubbery. I ordered the chicken parm and it was burnt, black on the bottom. We did not complain, we just ate it and left. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We ate here for brunch and overall the food was good but not great. I had the shrimp and grits and did enjoy the Italian twist to a Southern favorite. The service was passable. We did not care for the ambiance. Even with Columbia's sadly lacking inventory of good non-chain restaurants, there are others that I would recommend over Rosso's."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "I wanted to take my girlfriend out to a nice place for dinner and from the pics online this place looked nice, but the ambiance was truly amazing and the pic does it no justice. Very nice place to dine late night around 9:30/10ish because u can have the place to yourself as we did. Also the food was very fresh and our waiter Christopher was excellent at making us feel welcomed."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The atmosphere was a delightful backdrop for our evening. Enough activity to feel that we were at a fun place, but no so overpoweringthat we felt agitated. Steamed mussels were a perfect appetizer to start - and presentation was classic. My companion  had the grouper special. She complimented the dish several times. I had the saltimbocca and it was excellent. The pi not noir was delicious and went well with the evening. I plan to go back! i"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Enjoyable dining experience which captivated my tastebuds."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Superb service, wonderful food and a great atmosphere! This gem is nestled in a a small shopping center and has a great menu, fine wine list, expansive beer selection and a bar service to make your favorite cocktail! This is a foodies paradise! Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Absolutely fabulous place, keep up the great work! Will definitely return with my wife."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Columbia always needs a great place to have fun and enjoy a wonderful dinner. A gem inside the metro area of Columbia. Beautiful.."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Dinner at Rosso was wonderful, again. My third time dining here, and each time has exceeded expectations. Our server, I think her name was Tara- was phenomenal and took great care to see to our needs, but did not hover. The food was excellent. I ordered one of the specials, and my fiancee ordered from the standard menu, and both were great portions with tremendous flavor. The mood was very romantic, and despite having a packed house - we were able to carry private conversation with ease. I would recommend Rosso to all of my friends/family. I can't say enough wonderful things!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and dining service was great. Rosso Trattoria Italia was a great Valentine's Day experience for my girlfriend and I and would recommend to anyone else."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first time at Rosso's and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! Great service and atmosphere. We will definitely be returning. Also, being able to make reservations online was very convenient!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The service at Rosso was marvelous! We happened to get lucky and have the manager serve us as she likes to do on occasion. She was wonderful and we learned all kinds of things that we didn't know. Rosso does catering and has a space at 701 Whaley that they can accommodate small/medium size gatherings for both cocktail parties or seated dinners."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "In addition to an always reliable regular menu, the specials offer some different takes on high quality food. A go to restaurant for us. When in doubt, it's Rosso!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband and I stopped in for a light dinner. Had the pizza of the day and a glass of wine each. The pizza was outstanding as usual - we love the combinations they come up with. This one was pulled pork, peccoricino peppers (not sure I spelled that right), cheese, and a sweet mustard drizzle. Delicious. We were pleasantly surprised at our bill when we learned that it was happy hour and the pizza was half price! We didn't even realize that when we stopped in. Our server was so pleasant and we had a great conversation with her (sorry, I didn't recall her name)."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Two ladies enjoyed a terrific meal before attending a play downtown. Appetizer of risotto balls on tomato jam were delightful, crunchy outside, smooth and tasty inside. My favorite tomato crab bisque was hot and flavorful again. My friend ordered spaghetti and 3 giant meatballs (and shared one with me.) For dessert we shared vanilla bean cheesecake with "succulent berries" on top. Meal was wonderful and noise level was conducive to audible conversation at our table. THIS IS MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT due to delectable food choices and qualified servers."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We have often dined at Rosso and enjoyed it. This experience was far from good. First our antipasti came out long after our companions salads and appetizers. and we had to ask about it. When it finally arrived at the same time as our main course, It was not very good, long on dried fruit and nuts, short on meat cheese and the usual things that make a good antipasti. Service was not good."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Ate here with another couple during Restaurant Week in Columbia. Server was prompt, polite, knowledgeable, with good recommendations. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The 3 course meal and price were well worth my time. I made a reservation and the table was available upon arrival. The waitress was exexcellent. She knew the products and the service was great."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Granted, it was the last night of restaurant week but the food was below par. Several entrees no longer available. Flounder subed for mahi mahi and was greasy, hard on the outside and mushy inside. I stopped eating after two bites. No flavor and served with mushy cold lentils. The dessert pudding was watery and pork entree had little taste. The calamari was rubbery and again had little flavor. Having been to this restaurant before, I was surprised at the poor quality of the food."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Superbly prepared food using many local products . Very creative combinations of ingredients."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "First visit to this very well known & liked place. The price fixed menu provided many good sounding selections. I chose the Salmon Carpaccio which had the Salmon over cucumber; something different and nicely refreshing. My main course was grilled shrimp on sautéed mixed veggies. The menu had the shrimp over creamy parm grits and also coming w/ butter beans (I believe - several main courses came w/ these two sides) I prefer double veggies vs a starch (or two) & requested to have a double serving of sautéed veg. This request was met w/ a "no problem, we can do that" they were equally agreeable to using min amt of olive oil. Very accommodating place w/ good food. Only fault, my shrimp were overcooked. Dessert was excellent as well."
    Dined on 1/14/2014