Rustic Italian Dining

Passion for Food × Crafted with Love


Located in the Historic District of Summerville, South Carolina, Italy - Passion for Food is a purveyor of rustic Italian dining from the popular local Chef Ruben Rodriguez.


We wanted to create a neighborhood restaurant that reminds you of being at mama's house on a Sunday; our menu is based on Italian comfort food where the taste and quality is built on the passion we have for food.

Founded by Chef Ruben Rodriguez, came to Italy where you will get a full experience of what passion tastes like—not only with our food but also with our carefully selected choices in Red and White Wine! 

See you soon.



(843) 875-6060



101 N. Main St.
Summerville, SC 29483



M-Sa 11a – 10p
Su 12p - 9p


When you're dining at Italy, you can expect great food and great service at a reasonable price.


Italy's kitchen produces a menu that combines a full array of authentic Italian dishes fresh seafood and meat, an assortment of appetizers, fresh vegetables, and homemade pasta.  All the desserts are made on the premises, so be sure to save some room. The dining room at Italy is warm and casual, so please come as you are.  

Italy has been receiving rave reviews in the community, along with Trip Advisor and other sites, and is quickly becoming one of Summerville's favorite dining experiences.

Italy features an intimate wine bar and two separate rooms including one that can be used for private parties, or for local businesses looking for a great alternative to the traditional "happy hour" setting.  From 20 to 200 people, Italy, Passion for Food can accommodate your needs better than anyone in Summerville. 


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Ruben Rodriguez


Born in Italy, Chef Ruben's family moved to Argentina where he entered culinary school and studied to be a pastry chef.   He worked in Buenos Aires for 20 years as a master pastry chef and executive chef.

In 2001,  Ruben came to the United States,and was executive chef in Boston, at  Veccia Roma Italian Restaurant as well as Executive Pastry Chef in Rustic Kitchen Italian Restaurant.  

Making the move in 2007 to Charleston, Chef Ruben worked at La Pizzeria, in Mount Pleasant, and Liberty Tapas Room, Bella Napoli, and most recently, ran La Fontana North Charleston.

Chef Ruben is thrilled to be able to bring his passion for food to the Summerville area and hopes you will experience ITALY, Passion for Food soon.


Special Events & Private Parties

Catering and Events are opportunities for us to work more closely with our guests, occasions for us to share our dedication to celebration in exciting new ways.

The BIG Room

This is where we hold our monthly food and wine pairings and it is a perfect place for you to hold your next party or business event. Whether planning a corporate event, holiday celebration, rehearsal dinner, graduation or birthday party, or anniversary, come to Italy - where celebration is a tradition.

Call (843) 875-6060 to discuss your options for your reception or party.


By phone

You can make a reservations by calling (843) 875-6060 between 11am and 8pm. 


If you’re requesting less than 24 hours before your desired seating, please call us at (843) 875-6060, instead so we can best accommodate your request.

To make your reservations, please complete the form below and click Submit. We’ll automatically email you a copy of your request. We look forward to serving you a memorable meal!

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