Pizza Ponte
Address1560 E. Buena Vista Drive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-560-9463
Price$$
Scott's Review
A quick-serve restaurant that not only serves a decent slice of pizza pie but also has very good sandwiches.... Read more
Prato
Address124 Park Ave. N.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-262-0050
Price$$$
Scott's Review

From the folks at Luma on Park, Prato is an Italian concept that features a wood-burning pizza oven and pizzaiola station in the dining room. Pizzas are good, though the thin crusts tend to char easily if not watched closely. Pasta is made fresh in-house, and most pasta dishes are available in half portions, a dandy idea.

Prato's decor is rustic and casual. This is currently the hottest restaurant in town, and can be quite crowded. Expect waits, even for bar seating.

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Primo
AddressJW Marriott
4040 Central Florida Parkway
CityOrlando
Phone407-393-4444
Price$$$$

A second restaurant for celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner Melissa Kelly. The food is only ostensibly Italian with more creative touches menuwide.

Kelly was one of the first to promote the use of local ingredients. Most of the herbs used in the restaurant are grown outside the kitchen door.

The well-rested lamb is good and so is the pork saltimbocca. Have the banana Napoleon for dessert.

The decor is upscale, and while jackets are not requested, you wouldn't feel out of place wearing one.

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Ragazzi's Pizza and Restaurant
Address3201 Edgewater Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-999-9973
Price$$
Scott's Review
Good pizzas have been coming out of the oven at this address for years, but only recently as Ragazzi's. The crust -- so important to a proper pizza -- was just thick enough to hold the weight of the toppings, which were considerable. Besides pizza, Ragazzi's does some pretty delicious Italian specialties, as well. I loved the meatball appetizer, which really could have served as an entree all on its own. Not only were the meat orbs well formed and firm, they also were simmered in a red sauce that was thick and tomatoey and worth spooning on its own. also had the eggplant parmigiana, a nicely done slice of eggplant dipped in egg wash and dusted with flour, fried to a golden crisp and then topped with melted mozzarella. Even better: it included a side dish of pasta with more of that wonderful marinara.... Read more
Ravello
Address10100 Dream Tree Blvd
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-313-7777
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The Four Seasons Resort's three-mealer has an impersonal and cold decor, and the food is only marginal (deep-fried veal Milanese?). Other than that...... Read more
Rocco’s Italian Grille
Address400 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-644-7770
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Ever since I first reviewed Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar, in October of 2006, I’ve considered it to be one of the finest Italian restaurants in the area.... Read more
Saporito Italian Restaurant & Bakery
Address2759 Old Winter Garden Road
CityOcoee
Phone407-554-2100
Price$$
Scott's Review
For some reason the name Saporito sounds like it would be Japanese takeout place. But, no, it’s an Italian restaurant, and a very pleasant one at that. Or should I say a tasty one, for tasty is the translation of Saporito.... Read more
Sette
Address1407 N. Orange Ave
CityOrlando
Phone407-704-7771
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Sette is the much anticipated restaurant from the owners of Se7en Bites bakery. The full service restaurant offers a succinct menu of Italian dishes. And desserts from the bakery.... Read more