At Vincent Chicco’s we make sure to bring you wholesome dishes, vibrant drinks, and a good time in a classic setting. Serving up gracious hospitality and timeless flavors with local, domestic ingredients, Vincent Chicco’s delivers genuine Italian-American fare.
Boasting with chic comfortable surroundings and offering dinner nightly, Vincent Chicco’s delivers good old-fashioned Italian-American cuisine, presenting authentic ingredients, handmade pastas, rich homemade sauces, delectable desserts and a full-service bar. Allow yourself to step back into the luxurious time of the past and enjoy the classic, wholesome flavors that were founded in our country.
During the prohibition era, Vincent Chicco, who migrated to Charleston from Italy, became known as “the king of bling tigers.” During this era, many Charlestonians considered themselves immune from the laws governing the rest of the state. Chicco ran a number of saloons in Charleston and led the fight locally against prohibition, where he was seen as a local hero.
The secret behind the “blind tigers” is one would pay to “see the blind tiger” (which of course didn’t exist) and in exchange would receive a “free” drink. Vincent Chicco’s illegal drinking establishments also caused him to become the first arrest after Governor Ben Tillmans’s dispensary bill passed. Many Charlestonians opposed the state dispensary law, which encouraged Gov. Tillman to make Charleston “the dryest place on earth”.
Vincent Chicco’s arrest became infamous, and other barkeeps were reportedly jealous of his instant fame. Despite his brush with the law, he continued to sell alcohol to his customers and lead to at least three more arrests. Chicco later became appointed to consecutive terms as City Counselman. Vincent Chicco’s son, Vincent Chicco Jr., went on to be an extremely successful real estate developer, business man and entrepreneur in Charleston, South Carolina.
Step back in time and enjoy classic flavors that were founded in our country.
Although Greene is traditionally French trained, he is proud of his Italian heritage and background. His grandmother moved from Abruzzo, Italy to Pennsylvania when she was a teenager. Growing up, Greene and his grandmother would visit Philadelphia's Italian Market, one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in America.Download PDFView Full Bio