Top chefs Michael Cirafesi and Nunzio Patruno have come together to bring to Hilton Head Island and the low country region one of the area’s most acclaimed Italian restaurant and bar, Ombra Cucina Rustica. Since opening, Ombra has quickly become a local favorite and top rated restaurant destination for its regional Italian cooking, contemporary style, and true to the Italian culinary traditions.

A perfect match, Cirafesi and Patruno‘s careers span over 20 years.  Michael Cirafesi is one of Hilton Head’s top executive chefs, garnering awards and recognitions in culinary excellence for his authentic Italian cuisine with innovative flair.  Nunzio Patruno is recognized as one of the top Italian chefs in United States acclaimed for current South Jersey restaurant, Nunzio Ristorante Rustico and the internationally renowned Monte Carlo Living Room & Club in Philadelphia. It is in Philadelphia the chefs came together as a team, receiving national accolades for their signature style of innovative Italian cuisine.

Ombra is dedicated to bringing to you the finest and freshest fish and seafood from local markets.  Rustic flavors are presented throughout the menu in refreshing ways incorporating more local ingredients into the Italian classics.

Where there is Italian food, wine and spirits are never far behind and are very important to experiencing the complete dining event.  Ombra is also known for its eclectic selection of premier Italian wines, cocktails, liquors and top shelf spirits.  Its wine list has grown significantly with strong showings in the Brunello, Super Tuscan and Amarone categories including serious, highly rated and esoteric producers.  The wine list is personally selected creating a perfectly paired dining experience.

Ombra originates from the Veneto region in Italy.  It is used to describe a crisp glass of white wine served at your local restaurant perhaps located on a picturesque side street or “calli”. The food is flavorful and quintessentially Italian alongside some great wines and company.  Ombra is about appreciating the food and wines of Italy, in a modern, rustic and casual elegant way.

We invite you dine at Ombra Cucina Rustica and enjoy the restaurant’s many  amenities including Chef Tasting Menus, Happy Hour, Early Dining, Private Dining Events & Catering, and Special Dining Events.

Grazie Mille!

Michael Cirafesi and Nunzio Patruno