We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Giardini Trattoria

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2411 Nc 108 Hwy E, Columbus, NC 28722-7725
+1 828-817-4939
Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 71: English reviews
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

While staying at nearby Bright's Creek Resort, we stumbled upon Giardini Trattoria restaurant in Columbus, NC. What a delightful find when we were ready to give up on a Sunday evening. This is a friendly, welcoming family-run restaurant mostly frequented by knowledgeable locals.

Thank 58bernards
Level Contributor
69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Food served here is fresh, local, delicious and well presented. My colleagues and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with prompt, attentive service and a welcoming ambiance. We will be back.

Thank Michael G
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

It is worth the drive to come to this amazing little Italian restaurant in Columbus, NC. The food is locally sourced and the chef has a wonderful menu. The wine selection is fantastic too. Recommend: Pollo Involtini and the Seafood Stuffed NC trout.

Thank JuliaTheItinerant
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Level Contributor
61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

GIARDINI was extremely accommodating for our large group of 10 adults and 5 toddlers. Everything that we had to eat and drink was superb! Service was friendly and efficient and the staff was and fun while still doing a great job. Highly recommended. A gem in Polk County NC

Thank martykirch
Level Contributor
25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We went on Saturday night, with a reservation. The food and service were exceptional! I had the beet tartar salad, with balsamic and goat cheese, and it was worth the trip by itself. My wife had the Drunken Fig salad, and it was great as well. Our server was very experienced, and did a great job in taking care of... More 

Thank Furse1
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This was the best find when we got lost driving from Brights Creek to Mills Creek. Staff were great, food the best my husband had since he left NYC and I love the lasagne bolognese. Joe had the eggplant sausage rotini (not menu name) and the comp expressos were a delight as we wanted to talk to the chef. I'm... More 

Thank Sheila M
Level Contributor
110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to this restaurant. Both times the food was delicious. Some dishes are the usual Italian restaurant fare but others were more unusual. I chose the drunken fig salad which was good but not delicious. Then I chose the beef short rib over potato gnocchi. That dish was delicious! My other guests were very pleased with... More 

Suwanee, Georgia
Level Contributor
97 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

This is a small Italian restaurant that has some of the best tasting dishes we have ever eaten. Fresh Homemade food with a great Wine selection You definitely will not be disappointed eating here.

Thank Lyle S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

We've to Giardini's twice in the last week and are so happy that this little gem is thriving. Food was tasty and the wine list is nice! Keep up the great work. We have so few choices in Polk County!

Thank Beth R
Level Contributor
68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

We have eaten here many times and used them to cater events. We have never been disappointed. The food is authentic, often organic, usually grown locally, always excellent.

Thank glenn3610

Travellers who viewed Giardini Trattoria also viewed

Columbus, North Carolina Mountains
Columbus, North Carolina Mountains
Columbus, North Carolina Mountains
Columbus, North Carolina Mountains

Been to Giardini Trattoria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$29
Pizza, Italian, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2411 Nc 108 Hwy E, Columbus, NC 28722-7725
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: +1 828-817-4939
From the time he started making pasta with his Nona as a small child, Joe Laudisio was entranced with the delicious, fresh food made by his large Italian family in Buffalo, NY. Today, he brings his memories and his vision for authentic, regional Italian cuisine to this beautiful little restaurant tucked away in the foothills of North Carolina.

Joe & Mary strive to use fresh organic produce and pastured meats from local farms. They also watch over and help plan the prolific gardens right outside the restaurant doors. From ordering heirloom Italian seeds right from Italy, to guiding the menus that feature the seasonal bounty, much attention is paid to authenticity and to fresh quality. This is not just the new trend in green living, this is the authentic old world process of living and breathing local and seasonal foods that has permeated Italian life for generations.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Giardini Trattoria staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?