Johnnie's Hideaway
Address12551 S. Kissimmee Vineland Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-827-1111
Price$$$
Scott's Review
It's a beautiful setting and a good dining option for people in the Disney area who don't want to dine on property. Johnnie's is part of the Talk of the Town restaurant group, which also owns Charley's Steak House, so besides seafood it does good meat.... Read more
Kaizen Izakaya
Address54 W. Church St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-316-8500
Price$$
Scott's Review
Formerly known as Amura, Kaizen Izakaya has very good sushi (especially the nigiri). An izakaya is supposed to be a Japanese pub or tavern where friends hang out. But the dank atmosphere won't make you want to linger.... Read more
La Fogata
Address1718 Sand Lake Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-250-5020
Price$$
Scott's Review
La Fogata, Spanish for the wood fire, features a pan Latin American menu, though there are a couple of outlier entrees from Italy. Puerto Rico and Colombia dominate the menu and all of the food is well executed and served in ample portions.... Read more
La Luce by Donna Scala
AddressHilton Bonnet Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
CityOrlando
Phone407-597-3600
Price$$$
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
Lechonera Latina
Address3806 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone
Price
Scott's Review
LL is a sort of buffet type of operation, but not exactly. All the food is in front of you in steam trays when you approach the counter, but you're separated from it by a wall of glass. A staff member does the dishing. You choose the type of rice you'd like (plain white, yellow, congris, etc.) and the meat you want to go with it, and a side dish. The staff member then scoops your choices in startlingly large amounts onto a plate or into a takeout container. Then you pay at the end of the counter and either take a seat at one of the tables in the large and unadorned dining room or take your food to a secluded spot where you can pig out in private. Here's the best part. The huge platter of food came to a grand total of $6.39. And there was enough to enjoy over two mealtimes. That makes this a real bargain. Who cares if the place has no atmosphere? See the website for two other locations.... Read more
Luke's Kitchen and Bar
Address640 S. Orlando Avenue
CityMaitland
Phone407-674-2400
Price$$$
Scott's Review
The newest project from the Luma on Park and Prato team is meant to be "classic American"; never mind the ceviches and French onion soup. ... Read more
Maggiano’s Little Italy
AddressPointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-241-8650
Price$$$

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