Rosso Trattoria Italia
Rosso Trattoria Italia

Rosso Trattoria Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rossocolumbia.com/
  • Phone: 8037873949
  • 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: 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.
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Rosso Trattoria Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)special occasion (51)fit for foodies (48)romantic (37)notable wine list (23)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (12)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Best pizza
    PrbayVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Really enjoyed margarita pizza. Made in a wood burning oven. Thin, crisp, and cheesy. Delicious other entrees but sometimes you feel like a great pizza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • herbqueen
    herbqueenVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Fettuccini Alfredo was overcooked and gummy. Unusual for Rosso. Very nice about it and comped the desert. We will be back. Service lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Mowgli
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We liked everything. The park belly app, the salad with the tomato pie, the swordfish and the duck confit fettuccine special. Cocktail was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Event-All Good but Scallops
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We visited for a special family dinner. Our starting dishes consisted of the rissoto, lamb ribs and mussels. All were quite good and nicely seasoned. Those at our table who ordered salads and soups enjoyed them as well. As to entrees the pasta dishes were outstanding; BUT the scallop entree rodered by two of us was not good as the scallops were the size of a dime and lightly charred (not grilled) and then covered with cold green beans over hot rissoto which made for an unappealing presentation and taste. The service was very attentive for a very busy evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service!
    FoodieinColumbia
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Service can be spotty at Rosso, but our experience Wednesday night was exceptional! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GIGIVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The chairs need to be replaced. You sink in and sit too low. I really don't like the chairs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding unique offerings
    Eatprayluv
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Rosso was a great experience. We enjoyed every dish from appetizer to dessert and our server was knowledgeable about the ingredients and the preparation of each dish. We flows her recommendations for all 4 courses and were not disappointed with any. Thanks Caroline!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just not great
    sccardlerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After eating at other restaurants owned by this group this was a big let down food just ok very over priced for the quality service was awful no help with menu no personality, the young man was like the walking dead. Love Solstice won't be back here again!!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rossos
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Rosso's is one of our favorite dining spots in Columbia. The food and service are consistently excellent, and this night was no exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a fantastic dinner.
    JohnR
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Enjoyed a friends birthday with great lobster!! I really don't eat here often enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great meal. Lily, our server , was very good, professional and attentive
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    1girlie1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had another delicious dinner at Rosso ~ what a neighborhood gem tucked away in Trenholm Plaza! Had the pasta dish with the lobster and crab, fresh corn, spinach and tomatoes ~ fresh and delicious! Also try the fried risotto balls for your appetizer :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Wine List
    Magnolia46
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Liked the Ragu VERY much, and the Fettucine Alfredo was good, but the sauce on it was a bit brothy rather than creamy. The salads, both the Alfredo Con Mozarella and the Caprese were good, but a little light on the nuts on the former and a little small on the tomatoes and mozarella on the other. Our waiter is always good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DEPENDABLE
    Wayne
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    You can always depend on Rosso for fine service, good food and good drink. We have been consistent fans since oening day and we have not been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mostly very good
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was generally good and enjoyable. However, I was surprised that the steak in my entree was brought to the table cold. The potatoes on which it rested were hot; the steak itself was not at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Reed
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and I found Rosso on Open Table when we were doing shopping in Columbia. Everything was excellent. Some of the best shrimp and grits I have ever had including places in Charleston. My wife's Scampi was also up there. We had been looking for a go to place in Columbia and now we have found it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than impressed
    Swerk84
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My experience at Rosso was next to perfect. We started off at the bar, where we were treated like rock stats. The drinks were great and the service was amazing!we after moved to a table where we enjoyed pizza as an appetizer and steak and quail for our main course. My steak was to die for! Cooked to perfection. My husband loved the quail. We finished the night with creme brûlée. Delicious! This was the perfect date spot. It wasn't loud and the service was spot on. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently very good
    mrapport
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent restaurant. Reasonably priced for the quality. Always great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find
    VespachickVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Delicious, fresh ingredients. Had Fresh caprese salad & great pizza. Reasonably priced. Well worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Anniversary
    scbuzz
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We've made it a habit of having dinner here on our Anniversary and have never been disappointed with the whole experience and this year was no exception. When we arrived, out table was beautifully set with the flowers (ordered thru OpenTable's Petals) accompanied by two glasses of Prosecco spumanti. Appetizers and Entrees were perfect and the waitstaff was attentive without being annoying. The chilled watermelon/peach soup was the perfect end to a hot sweltering day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as Always!
    bonviveur
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is one of the only restaurants in town with perfect consistency - The food is always delicious and the service is always outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner for 3
    Foodie1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Dinner on Saturday night. Service was great. One of us had the Fettuccine which was really good. Rib eye was delicious and server very accommodating about changing side items for diabetic husband. I had the Veal Piccatta. Probably would not order again even though this is one of my favorite foods. Not very lemony, chicken was tough and thickly cut. Actually had more of a Marsala taste. I had the Piccatta there a year or so ago when it was not a regular on the menu, but a special and it was the best I had ever had. Not so much this time. I did not complain. We were enjoying out time together and did not want to spoil it or make anyone uncomfortable. We will definitely go back though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pizza di giorno
    ppdf
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    one pizza is excellent size for 2 people - special pizza was nice and crispy and tasty
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Visit to Rosso Trattoria
    brooksrg
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our most recent visit to Rosso was excellent, as always. Friendly, knowledgeable service and excellent food. The mezzalune were particularly good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hurray, Lobster Mondays are back!
    WorldDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The Grilled Lobster Monday specials are back, YUM! Chick lobster tails are the very best, tender and tasty! Rosso's Lobster specials (salad, dinner, a glass of wine for $24) are a fantastic delight, a bargain too. Don't miss them - we for sure will be there!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pete
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We are almost regulars at Rosso's. The food was excellent as well as the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently fantastic
    Lilj
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I love this place. The specials are always fantastic and the seasonal menu is a pleaser. Can't say enough about how much I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    VicksCritique
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very nice. Lasagna was kind of so so bit everything else was top notch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ladybug
    ladybug
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    we enjoyed the dinner, the waitress, the atmosphere, the friendliness, and most of all the choice of food's on the menu. We plan to return with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress & food
    LHW1
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Lily took good care of us. We had the fried artichoke antipasto, wood grilled steak with fingerling potatoes and veggies, and wood grilled salmon with Adluh grits and veggies. All superb. Kudos to the cook and chef.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Night Ever
    Great
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    There was some confusion about the special that night. The manager came over to our table and gave us a round of drinks to make up for it. Everything was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Kobes
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Shrimp and grits YUMM. Calamari cooked perfect YUMM. Veal dishes YUMM. Service GREAT. West Columbia has a great Italian Restaurant. Worth the drive from Aiken SC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner at Rosso's
    TripleTrouble
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great wine and excellent service! Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed house special rose'. Portion size was small for price on scallops and risotto entree--only 4 sea scallops (not particularly large). Good atmosphere. Lots of sunlight coming in when sun setting so asked for different table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosso meals are great every time!
    Lastchance
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have dined at Rosso several times and once again had an excellent meal with great service. Very happy to have a table that was not tiny for two and in the traffic path. Our scampi was just outstanding and superb with a Super Tuscan wine. Great date night for us but looked like a supper out for most as the casal atmosphere allows all kinds of dress.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • staff was prompt and knowledgable
    wp66
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was flavorfull and well presented. Server knew the wines they served and made recommendations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Fine
    pokedanecav
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The service was great the food was fine. Nothing special in the two pasta dishes we ordered. The pasta was cooked well and the sauces were okay. Protein in both (fish and chicken) were a little on the skimpy side. No sides or salad with meal unless you ordered separately. Not in any hurry to go back, but might try them again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, but...
    DEUB63VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Rosso Trattoria Italia had a great menu and a good winelist; the specials, especially the pasta and risotto, make this worth doing once. However, the prices and the slow service, especially at peak dinner hours, will make us think twice before we go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enb1226
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We love Rosso! We went for the first time for Valentine's and have been looking forward to going back again. It's become one of our favorites. My husband and I both loved our meals and our server Lily was great! Looking forward to another visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Really enjoyed our first experience at Rosso. Our table was ready and waiting when we arrived and we were taken straight to it. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. The food was phenomenal. Our kids even ventured out and tried some new dishes. Great beer selection as well and the deserts were fantastic. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rosso is magnificient!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We have been to Rosso several times and always enjoy the experience. The food is always top notch, very different from what you can get at any other italian restaurant. We always enjoy starting out with a drink. The Rosso Martini is one at the top of the list! Thank you for such a wonderful, romantic restaurant, wonderful for a date night or special occassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate