A Trio of Historic Charleston Buildings, Reimagined as a Modern Trattoria

Meyer Davis applies its tasteful touch to Sorelle, a multi-concept Italian restaurant, bar, and market with Low Country influences.

Sorelle, a modern Trattoria in Charleston designed by Meyer Davis. All photography by Peter Frank Edwards


Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Designer: Meyer Davis

On Offer: Set in the heart of downtown, inside three historic townhomes masterfully transformed by Meyer Davis, Sorelle flawlessly combines southern Italian cuisine with Low Country ingredients. The James Beard Award–winning firm has seamlessly blended old and new, paying tribute to the buildings’ histories while infusing them with sumptuous materials like aged herringbone oak floors and a variety of Italian stone. 

Standout Features: Expansive windows provide a stunning view of Broad Street, with the church steeple of St. Michael peeking through palm trees. On the first floor, the lively mercato is adorned with a stunning stained-glass installation depicting two intertwined sisters who ran a school inside a Hebrew orphanage at the address in the late 1800s. There, patrons nosh on Sicilian-style pizza and gelato after picking up specialty imported goods from the marketplace. 

Upstairs, the grand dining room is the spot for chefs Adam Sobel and Nick Dugan’s spuntini (snacks) and pastas such as ricotta tortellini and tagliatelle nero with steamed blue mussels. Accentuating the space is an immersive landscape mural by MJ Atelier wrapping all four walls. Order a martini prepared tableside and stop by the central bar for a nightcap on the way out. Outfitted with a gorgeous u-shaped Arabescato Corchia marble counter, it also serves the full restaurant menu in a more convivial setting.

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