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
100 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (66)neighborhood gem (66)fit for foodies (53)romantic (49)notable wine list (32)great for outdoor dining (24)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
  • Scrumptious Italian fare
    FoodLover1
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Rosso. What a delicious meal! I had enjoyed the food there before, but I think I chose especially well this time. The fried artichoke appetizer was succulent. Filled with cheese and fried to perfection, these little gems surpassed my expectations for deliciousness. I emjoyed the crab and lobster orecchiette with its light, creamy sauce. My husband always orders the shrimp and grits and found it scrumptious as always. We look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always impressed
    arugula4me
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    After three visits here, it has become out new favorite eatery. Every morsel seems better than the last. Even after spending a week in Rome and on the Amalfi coast, this is the best Italian cuisine that I've ever had. Bravissimo ! Ciao
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as Good 2nd Time Around
    asbrown76
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I am so glad a friend recommended that I try this restaurant. I must love it because I have visited twice in less than 2 weeks. The food is excellent. The atmosphere is great. I will be visiting again soon because there are other menu items I would like to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice.
    Jeffs
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Quality of food is always very good. Reservations are good to have all days. Wait staff superbly trained and experienced. Good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sroth
    Sarah
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We always enjoy going to Rosso. The food and service is always great and we typically see others that we know there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and good variety
    Lynne
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is a gem with greta consistent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary
    OneLooseThreadVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Husband had filet that was cooked to perfection. I had scallops that that were seared and perfectly prepared. The wait staff (Tori) was so attentive but not obtrusive. Complimentary desserts were to die for. We look forward to returning to Rosso's again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The brunch menu covered all tastes whether a little bite or a yummy meal. The cocktail selection was great and Lily (our server) was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Never had bad meal there. Great wine list. Okokokokokokokookokkkm
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    robqueen
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My wife and i were more than happy with our food and the service we received . It was our 1st time at Rosso and will be back ! It was also a pleasure using opentable to book our table . All around wonderful date
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice addition to Columbia
    Lilylovespeonies
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We celebrated our son's college graduation at Rosso. They were able to accommodate our large party of 9 including a rambunctious toddler. The menu is interesting with unusual twists on Italian dishes. Maybe a bit too ambitious. The drinks were well made. However, the drinks and salads were brought out two at a time with an uncomfortable wait in between such that we had to ask that all the main courses be brought out at one time so we could enjoy our meal together!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    letseat
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had a fantastic experience while dining at Rosso Trattoria Italia! Great food - wonderful atmosphere! We will certainly dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but left some to be desired
    foodie84
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I had the Tuscan steak special, my girlfriend had the fettuccine. Hers was great, but my steak was quite rare (ordered med rare), and the entire steak had a burnt flavor that just couldn't be ignored. I've heard great things about Rosso, so we'll probably give it another try
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food is always awesome, service is a hit or miss. Beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 688 reviews are from the Rosso Trattoria Italia reviews archive.
  • Terrific food
    Uscjan
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    It's not my first time at Rosso, it is a go to place for us. Everything was delicious! The food quality keeps us returning and the atmosphere is really nice, feels like a treat!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic