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Camille Styles

How This Italian Restaurant Brings a Taste of the South to its Menu

September 15th, 2017

When Chanel and I were on our whirlwind trip to Charleston last month, we fell completely in love with the design, the owners, and of course, the incredible food, at Italian spot Le Farfalle. At first glance, one could easily mistake its modern interiors for those of a buzzy Italian restaurant in New York or San Francisco: soaring white ceilings, exotic tile backsplash, and statement-making art check all the boxes for the new “it” spot in any food-lover’s city. But look a little closer, and you’ll notice that the sleek space is imbued with a warm patina that makes it all Charleston. Classic wicker barstools line the massive bar, welcoming patrons to settle in for an Ace of Cups cocktail or two and stay awhile. There’s a vegetable and herb garden on the side of the building where ingredients are foraged daily — and next to it, a welcoming bowl of fresh water just waiting for canine passersby. And that perfectly weather wood table? It’s actually weathered: owners Michael and Caitlin Toscano dragged it from home when they needed to bring in some extra group seating.

photos by Lucy Cuneo

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