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About 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.

4840 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Bar Opens Daily at 5:00pm

Happy Hour: Mon-Friday until 6:30pm Bar and Communal Tables Only

Cross Street:
Trenholm Plaza

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 787-3949

Website:
http://www.rossocolumbia.com/

Entertainment:

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 catering venues. We can also cater box and platter lunches. Call us for more info.

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.

Executive Chef:
Howard Stephens

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. We also cater offsite. Call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Richard Couture: (803) 787-3949

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

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Rosso Trattoria Italia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.1

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4.4

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3.8

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (7)
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Local Ingredients (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Parents anniversary

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

The ambience and cuisine is excellent and worth the value. However, the server was slow and left us waiting to pay the bill for 30-45 minutes after he dropped it off. The check had to be personally hand-delivered to the manager, who subsequently had to deliver it to the server.

The server was also not updated with menu items. I ordered the American Wedding Soup, as listed on the menu. However, when I said American Wedding he referred to it as a salad, which he stated they use to apparently have on the menu. However, they did not anymore and only had a Zuppa by that name.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Did was not to our liking. Disappointed in menu selection. Service was great

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was not great...I had veal and it was overcooked and tough. My boyfriend had the seafood in red sauce...also not delicious.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Party of 4 enjoyed their appetizers and entrées. Had a lovely evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The service at Rossos has never disappointing us. Our server mad great recommendation and was there enough but not overbearing. He was kind enough to offer a taste of a bottle of wine before I ordered it to make sure I was going to be happy. Cioppino is a favorite dish of mine and this one was good but not overwhelming. My husband really enjoyed the Ragu Bolognese with fresh Pappardelle pasta. The others at our table got the Steak special with mushrooms and each was cooked to perfection. Presentation was beautiful as well. Put this on your list of places to visit soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

House salad with beets, shrimp scampi, Apple thyme crostata all delicious!! Service was the best. Reasonably priced. New owners right on the mark! Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Typically we have wonderful service but our waiter was only ok. He took quite a while to get our wine order and we waited for at least 40 minutes for our entrees. The waiter did say that they were short of help but I would have appreciated being told that either by the manager or before we had waited so long for our food. It's nice to be updated initially.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server, Dillion, was 5⭐️!
Food and ambiance were superb!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Drove all the way from Prosperity and was not disappointed--food was glorious! Atmosphere very calm and conducive to conversation and celebration. Will make the trek again for special occasions!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The mushroom Rizzoto and shrimp scampi were delicious! The server was not very well trained on the wine menu. Because of this my friend Sent back two wine choices that were not very good before settling on one that was enjoyable. Salad prices were high for a few leaves and toppings.
Ambiance and location are very good!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had a nice birthday dinner for my friend - she loves the CAB ribeye and going to Rosso’s is her first choice. She stared her celebration by enjoying the house special Cosmopolitaliano cocktail We also enjoyed the roasted grapes and olives, and calamari appetizer. We shared the CAB ribeye which was cooked to medium rare perfection, tender juicy and full flavored. We also shared the prosciutto, goat cheese and fig purée topped pizza which is another favorite. For the birthday girl dessert finale was traditional Italian tiramisu with special delivery from Richard., the owner. The service was just the right balance to be attentive and personal from the wait staff and owner. A lovely way to end a well served celebration dinner.

Rosso has an extensive wine list representing Italy, Spain and the US with over 32 varietals offered by the glass. That in itself is great for people who like to try different wines in one sitting without having to commit to an entire bottle . Coming from a family of WA state wine investors it’s always nice to see that there is something for every price point from moderate pricing to a select premium reserve selection.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great restaurant. Tuscan meatloaf is featured on Monday nights. Well worth dining out on Mondays.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Authentic, Happy Hour, Romantic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 8, 2017

MY wife and daughter had a late dinner during USC Parents' Week. We all enjoyed our meal, but our waitress struggled and was clearly in no position to be working. Management could have saved her some embarrassment by sending her home. Still, we enjoyed our meal, and we all felt the food lived up to the high ratings this restaurant typically receives.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was awful. It took 15 minutes to get our dunks and another 15 minutes for the lemons and olives for the drinks. The charcuterie platter was very good and the main courses were good. Hard to recommend due to poor service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very nice restaurant...great food...server was very nice and it was a wonderful evening with my family.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was very good but the food took a long time. Everything else was excellent.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Wait staff was very unprofessional - almost as if they had been pulled off the street and told they were now waiters and waitresses. Knowledge of menu was dismal, attention was lacking- overall a very mediocre experience. Very much different from prior experiences at Rosso's.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Only set back was I asked for a quite tyable and they put us nest to the bar area and the traffic to the kithchen.I asked the waiter to move us and all was well from there on!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food was very inconsistent. Certain items were very delicious while others were the worst I've tasted in a while. I would stay away from the fried mushrooms for appetizer or Tiramisu for desert.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Delicious food. Great service. A bit noisy for my taste. I tried to make a reservation using Find A Table but was not certain I was not sure I had made a reservation because I never got an email

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The pizza was soooooo greasy. Puddles of oil and grease on the pizza. And the crust was burned.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Rosso is a fine dining restaurant without a stuffy feel. Nice table room in most cases. Great bar and wine list to pair with the menu. Staff was attentive, including the owner. I brought some wine from my cellar, and supplemented it with wine from the Rosso list. A reasonable corkage fee was added. Food was timed well and arrived properly prepared. Steaks were high quality, and the side dishes were well thought out and sourced from local farms. Tuna steak was cooked to order correctly, and the veal was melt in your mouth delicious. Desert was spectacular and we accompanied it with limoncello, and a good scotch as a nightcap.
I highly suggest Rosso for wine tastings, business dinners, or just a nice evening meal with friends.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Nice Italian eatery. Interesting entrees. Attractive décor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

the food is always good here and some of my favorite comfort foods are on the menu but done in such a flavorful way that you could never replicate them at home. worth a trip out here for some delicious food and good cocktails.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The Chicken Parmesan is delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food is consistently excellent. GreAt drinks and solid reasonable wine list. Service was just a

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always a pleasant place for dinner. Fun food choices. Good options for both food and drink.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Nice ambiance, good service. Both meats, chicken and pork chop were slightly too well done. Wonderful charcuterie with great selection of cheese and meats

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My wife and I were introduced to this fine Italian Restaurant by our daughter. We have enjoyed it since day one. They have excellent food including an open wood burning pizza oven. Their signature cocktails are also a treat. It can get busy and on occasion loud but we would highly recommend for a nice night out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Ok, but the pizza upset mine and my son's stomachs and house wine was too expensive, $30 for bottle of HOUSE WINE.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Relaxing evening, attentive waiter, interesting menu

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Relaxing and enjoyable meal. We ordered the chicken piccata, house salad, and melt burrata and tomato bruschetta. Yum!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Love the restaurant. The chairs are too low. Very uncomfortable. Needs new higher seats, sit too low to the table.
Food and service are very good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 29, 2017

We love the food. The hostess greeted us with a smile and offered to place us at a two top near the kitchen after she cleaned the table. I asked for a booth and she became a bit frazzled and finally said, "No". Blunt but effective.
We ordered the meat and cheese app. Yum! Now for the sad part.
This trip we ate some fantastic soup and my wife found a half inch piece of sharp hard plastic or glass in her mouth. I thank God she did not swallow it!
We brought this to the waiters attention and he took both of our meals away and offered to get something different. We opted to try a different meal that was very good.
The waiter was apologetic and removed the soup from our bill--which made sense as we had only had a few spoonfuls anyway.
Here is the irritant...no manager/owner/chef stopped by the table to offer apologies on behalf of the restaurant. I find that odd having worked restaurants in the past and being in the "serve customers well" arena for my work now. We did not want anything taken off of the bill, no desire for a free meal, etc. yet odd that none of that was offered.
Will we return...maybe as the food and ambiance are both good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food was cold
Place was hot
I wondered if AC was working
Service was good
Disappointing

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great food/wine. Annoying waiter.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Excellent food, drinks meal and dessert - excellent service!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great meat and cheese board. Setting is nice and friendly. A great place to gathering

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great dinner. Definitely worthy of a repeat. The shrimp and polenta was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Authentic, Romantic
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