Kingfish Bistro
Address2124 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-367-7992
Price$$
Scott's Review

Much has been made in other reviews of the fact that Kingfish is an Italian restaurant with Vietnamese owners, but I don’t find anything relevant about that. Well, except for the curious addition of spring rolls and egg rolls to the otherwise typically Italian menu.

We started with appetizers of fried calamari and meatballs. Nothing extraordinary about the squid, just your basic battered rings served with a dish of marinara. But they were nicely fried and not chewy.

For my entree I chose the risotto gorgonzola, which had shrimp, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes in a cream-tinged sauce loaded with blue cheese. Not a classically prepared risotto, but a decent enough rice dish.

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La Luce by Donna Scala
AddressHilton Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
CityOrlando
Phone407-597-3600
Price$$$
Napa Valley chef Donna Scala oversees this Italian restaurant in the new Hilton next to the Waldorf Astoria. The decor is white with splashes of color in the art work (some of which is done in chalk and changes from time to time). The menu features pizzas from a brick oven, pastas and secondi -- the lamb shank is a standout. Scala is often on hand to oversee her restaurant, and she proves to be a gracious host.... Read more
Maggiano’s Little Italy
AddressPointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-241-8650
Price$$$

Maggiano’s Little Italy is the sort of place that makes restaurant critics cringe when they hear one is coming to town. One has come to Orlando. First, it’s immense. Then there’s the issue of it being Italian, which in itself is not a cringe producer. But when you’re talking about an Americanized version of Italian food, and then factor in the mass production of a large restaurant, you can just start to picture the plates of spaghetti with sauce from an institutional sized can with meatballs that bear more than a couple of similarities to an eight ball. And it’s loud. And it plays Frank Sinatra virtually nonstop.

But it's actually a lot of fun, and the food is decent.

So don’t let a critic’s jaded bias keep you away. Go with a group and order from the family style menu. Choose the pot roast for one of your choices, and have the tiramisu for dessert.

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Maria & Enzo's
Address1560 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-5608466
Price$$$
Scott's Review
A 2018 addition to the Disney Springs lineup of restaurants. M&E is a massive space that is meant to resemble the terminal for the one-time seaplane business that served the Springs (the story is made up). The food is good and the Italian dishes are authentic.... Read more
Muzzarella Pizza and Italian Kitchen
Address7780 Lake Underhill Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-1102
Price$
Scott's Review
An immediate contender for one of the best pizzas in town. A near perfect crust, thoughtful toppings, balanced seasoning. Makes a darned good meatball sub, too.... Read more
Nonno's Italian Restaurant
Address1140 Altamonte Drive
CityAltamonte Springs
Phone407-260-8900
Price$$
Scott's Review
The LaCommare family is back in business, this time with son Leo at the stove, but mom and dad Marie and Stefano are always on hand. ... Read more
Pannullo's Italian Restaurant
Address216 S. Park Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-629-7270
Price$$
Scott's Review
Quietly, Pannullo's Italian Restaurant is also celebrating its silver anniversary at its Park Avenue address. It's not the oldest along the avenue -- Cafe de France and Briarpatch outdate it -- but its 25-year achievement is worth noting. Also worth noting: It may have been 25 years since I last dined there, or pretty close. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but knowing of the anniversary and needing a place to meet a friend for lunch, I decided to stop in.... Read more
Peperoncino
Address7988 Via Dellagio Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-440-2856
Price$$
Scott's Review
f you walked through Peperoncino’s front door and took too many steps you’d find yourself back outside through the little restaurant’s back door. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in charm and, more important, the food. In the realm of Italian restaurants in Central Florida, few offer the sort of authentic experience that Peperoncino does. If you’re sitting in a spot that allows a view of the Dellagio’s central plaza, you might think you’re on a piazza looking at one of the fountains of Rome. And don’t expect the food to bring you back to reality. It is expertly crafted from recipes cooked in the kitchens of the chef/owner Barbara Alfano’s grandmothers and is lovingly replicated here. Every bite is a veritable travelogue.... Read more