9101 International Drive
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.Read more
|Address||1560 E. Buena Vista Drive|
|City||Lake Buena Vista|
|Address||337 N. Shine Ave.|
Note: This review is from Shine Neighborhood Kitchen, which has changed its name to Maxine's on Shine.
This is the quintessential neighborhood cafe, a lone business in a downtown residential area. Formerly Bravissimo Wine Bar, this space was a destination for people who simply liked the atmosphere. Now they can also like it for the good food. Clams and mussels Catalan, shrimp & grouper Maltese, and pork osso buco were some of the items I enjoyed. The owners -- who also own the decidedly different Graffiti Junktion -- did wonders with the limited space, which started its life, decades ago, as a neighborhood market. The atmosphere is soft and subdued and so very comfortable.... Read more
|Address||7525 W. Sand Lake Road|
Moon Fish is another welcome addition to the local seafood scene. It doesn’t do everything right, but the outlook is encouraging. Concentrate on the fresh fish selections and avoid anything too fancy. Have the calamari as an appetizer and spring for the sorbets at dessert – there’s enough to share. One of the gimmicks here is to give the name of the person who caught your fish; not sure that’s necessary, but there you go.
Decor is upscale and splashy -- literally, with tv screens behind waterfalls -- and the front door handles are shaped like a moon fish, so you'll know you're in the right place.... Read more
|Address||6000 W Osceola Parkway|
|Address||1600 Buena Vista Drive|
|City||Lake Buena Vista|