il Cigno Italiano

Swansboro, NC

One of il Cigno's extensive selection of wines
Spaghetti and meatballs at il Cigno Italiano in Swansboro, NC
A glass of sangria from il Cigno Italiano
Arugula salad from il Cigno Italiano in Swansboro, NC

Benvenuto al Cigno

It’s pronounced “eel CHEEN-yo,” and it translates as “The Italian Swan.”  It’s a nod to our identity as a fine Italian restaurant in downtown Swansboro, N.C. However, our name means so much more to us than that.

It also signifies great food made with the best possible ingredients. Southern hospitality tinged with Italian flavor. And it conjures up an atmosphere with all the warmth of home. Because at il Cigno Italiano, we believe that, to be great, a restaurant should do more than satisfy your taste buds. It must also soothe your soul.

Espresso-rubbed filet from il Cigno Italiano

We are happy to take reservations for parties of any size. However, in order to most efficiently serve our guests, we highly recommend that parties of six or more call us at (910)325-7845 to make reservations.

Chicken parmesan


Il Cigno Italiano offers the finest in Italian cuisine prepared with only the freshest possible ingredients. Our specialties include mozzarella prepared in-house daily and three types of fresh pasta. We also offer an extensive selection of wines, spirits, and beers at our bar.

See our complete dinner menu here… and our complete cocktail menu here…


Fine Italian food demands the perfect accompaniment. That’s why il Cigno Italiano offers a selection of refreshing signature and classic cocktails made with quality ingredients. You might also want to see our wine list, made up of dozens of beloved vintages from around the world.

The fireplace in il Cigno's main dining room

Catering & Events

With its rough-hewn wood interior, fireplaces, and views of the White Oak River, il Cigno Italiano is the perfect setting to host nearly any type of event. Or, if you prefer, you can bring a piece of the il Cigno experience home with our catering.

The view from il Cigno's back deck


Sunday … 4-9 p.m.
Monday … 4-9 p.m.
Tuesday … CLOSED
Wednesday … 4-9 p.m.
Thursday … 4-9 p.m.
Friday … 4-10 p.m.
Saturday … 4-10 p.m.

Aerial view of il Cigno Italiano at sunset