Pizzeria owner

Giuseppe Scotto prepares pizza at the family’s new restaurant in Carolina Forest. The restaurant is at 4030 River Oaks Drive.

With the owners and manager named Salvatore, Giuseppe, Filippo and Antonio, how can the Italian food be anything but amazing?

The family name is Scotto-Di-Clemente, but Giuseppe said, “That would take a really big sign,” so a brand-new Carolina Forest restaurant is called Scotto’s Pizzeria.

Salvatore – “Poppy” to his family – came to the United States from Napoli, Italy in 1986 and moved to Berkshire Forest six months ago.

In between, the family had a restaurant in New Jersey called Romeo’s.

As are they, the restaurant is all about family.

Wall art says “Dove Amore Famiglia Cibo Si Unisocono” which means, Salvatore explains, “That’s where love, family and food get together.”

“We wanted to bring our love for food to our beautiful community,” Giuseppe says about why the men chose Carolina Forest for their business.

“And we actually need an authentic Italian restaurant in Carolina Forest,” Filippo adds.

What makes it authentic?

“Everything is made the way we make it at home for Sunday dinner,” Giuseppe says.

Ingredients are fresh and just about all of them are purchased locally.

“If we don’t eat it, you don’t eat it,” Filippo says.

Scotto’s Pizzeria is at 4030 River Oaks Drive, beside Food Lion. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 8 p.m.

The phone number is 843-903-6161.

They deliver in a limited area for an extra $2.

Everything you’d expect and then some is on the extensive menu.

There are half a dozen salads with as many dressing options.

There are more than a dozen kinds of pizza, calzones, hot and cold subs and a variety of pasta dishes with a choice of ziti, penne, spaghetti or fettuccini.

Baked dishes include salad, and are manicotti, stuffed shells, cheese ravioli, lasagna and ziti, all for around $12.

Chicken can be prepared in any of eight varieties, and includes your choice of pasta and each is under $18.

Wraps, burgers and Philly steaks are also on the menu. Wraps are under $10, burgers are less than $8 and Philly steaks are less than $9.

And of course, the details such as onion rings, mozzarella sticks, fried calamari, garlic knots and fried mushrooms are also options.

Sal says the ingredients Scotto’s uses are what make the food unique. “It’s fresh, it’s top quality.

“Come try us,” Salvatore says, promising, “You will be very satisfied. Bring the family, bring the kids and enjoy.”

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