Tutto Gusto
Address200 Epcot Center DRive
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$
Scott's Review
Once the lobby and restroom area for the larger restaurant inside the Italy pavilion at Epcot, this new wine bar is small, and reservations are not accepted, but it offers some pretty good "small plates" and a robust list of wines to go with them.... Read more
Tutto Italia
AddressItaly Pavilion
Epcot
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$

The first thing that should be noted is that there is no fettuccine Alfredo on the menu. That's noteworthy because the restaurant that occupied this space for so many years was Alfredo d’Originale di Roma, an offshoot of the restaurant that invented the dish. Maybe the Patina Group, which now operates the restaurant, wanted to keep their menu more authentic and didn’t want to add Alfredo, which is largely an Americanized dish.

But that didn’t stop them from delivering the bread basket with a dish of olive oil, which is largely an American practice.

I started my lunch with a bowl of pasta e fagioli, the beany soup with bits of pasta blended in. It was fairly bland, but I fixed that by spooning in some of the olive oil meant for the bread.

For my entrée I had the dish with the unfortunate name stinco di maiale, which is more aromatic than it sounds. It was a massive pork shank braised into tender submission. It was quite good, and the portion was ample. In fact there was too much to finish in one seating, and at $24 I hated to waste it. (Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have doggie bags waiting for you at the front gate like purchases from gift shops so you... Read more

Via Napoli
AddressItaly Pavilion, Epcot
1510 Avenue of the Stars
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Patina Restaurant Group, which runs this restaurant as well as Tutto Italia next door, imports the water it uses to mix with its imported flour to make the pizza dough. The flour is from Italy; the water is from Pennsylvania. But, the chef told me, the minerality most closely resembles that of the water in Naples, so they figure it's worth it. I think the pizzas are better simply for the super-hot ovens (also from Italy) which give the pies a quick crisping. Besides pizza, the fritto misto is worth trying.... Read more
Victorio's Oyster Bar and Grille
Address1500 Alafaya Trail
CityOviedo
Phone407-366-7330
Price$$
Scott's Review
The oysters were nice and cold and a decent medium size -- not too small and not too big as to be intimidating. They weren’t shucked very well, and I had to pull the meat away from the shell with my fork, which resulted in leaving some behind. The shucker has the sharp knife, and after using it to pry open the shell he should slice under the muscle to completely free it. From the list of Italian dinners I had focused on the eggplant parmigiana, and I was happy to see that it was available in an appetizer portion for $7.99. And that was just the right size, too. The eggplant was a bit seedy, but the flavors of the tomato sauce and herbs and gooeyness of the mozzarella cheese were all very pleasant, though that isn't a word I would use to describe the service. There are other locations; check the website.... Read more
Vinia Wine Bar
Address444 W. New England Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-925-7485
Price$$
Scott's Review
A wine bar with very good food, served by the charming husband and wife owners.... Read more
Vinito Tuscan Tavern
Address4971 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-354-0404
Price$$$
Scott's Review

In the odd location of the Prime Outlets mall on International Drive, Vinito is serving authentic Italian dishes, classically prepared by Naples native Raffaele Marsilio. Have the spagetti Geraldina, named for Marsilio's mother, who taught him to cook. Or have the veal Marsala, one of the best renditions in town.

The calamari was quite good, too. The squid was tender and the breading was light and fried just so, then sprinkled with a little salt. Perfect.

For my entree I chose the green pepper filet mignon, a wonderfully tender steak cooked to a perfect medium-rare and served with a tangy peppercorn sauce tinged with rosemary. A truly delicious sauce.

Desserts are worth lingering over.

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