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Maestro Cucina Napoletana
Address528 Park Avenue S.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-335-4548
Price$$
Scott's Review
Maestro Cucina Napoletana has opened in Winter Park, bringing an authentic Italian food option to Park Avenue. Maestro is a partnership between Rosario Spagnolo of Terra Mia in Altamonte Springs (and many other local restaurants) and Antonio Martino, a Brazilian businessman who owns five McDonald’s franchises there. Don’t let that give you pause; there’s nothing clownish about the food here. The food is solidly good quality, the atmosphere cozy and comfortable, and the service accommodating.... Read more
Maggiano’s Little Italy
AddressPointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-241-8650
Price$$$

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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Mango's Tropical Cafe
Address8126 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-673-4422
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Don't pay much attention to the cafe designation. This is mainly a nightclub with elaborate (and good) entertainment. You basically come here for the show and to have drinks. The food might help alleviate the affects of the latter.... Read more
Market On South
Address2603 South St
CityOrlando
Phone
Price$
A collaborative of three businesses offering all-vegan fare that could fool most meat lovers. Comfortable, friendly atmosphere. A must for vegans or anyone wanting to cut down on animal products for health or humane reasons.... Read more
Market to Table
Address146 W. Plant Street
CityWinter Garden
Phone407-395-9871
Price$$$
Scott's Review
Market to Table, a new restaurant that took over the AlFresco space in the Roper Building in Winter Garden, started in an actual market. From a booth in Plant Street Market, Ryan Freelove sold stocks, soups and other products for home cooks before opening the restaurant last year. Don’t assume, as I did, that Market to Table is just another way of saying farm to table. Freelove freely admits that he sources some ingredients from more conventional means, including major distributors. (Though not exclusively; indeed some items come from as close as a rooftop garden.) But that does not diminish the overall high quality of the food served here.... Read more
Marlow's Tavern Pointe Orlando
Address9101 International Drive
Pointe Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-351-3627
Price$$
Scott's Review
Marlow’s Tavern is now open at Pointe Orlando. Marlow’s is a “neighborhood pub” that has heretofore occupied only Georgia neighborhoods. The Pointe restaurant is the first outside that state and the company’s tenth. The burgers were most impressive. Big, thick patties on fresh buns with good-quality toppings. I sampled the black and blue burger, with gorgonzola and applewood smoked bacon (I get the blue part with the cheese but I’m not sure the bacon qualifies as black). I also tried the “everything and the kitchen sink” burger, which, thankfully, does not contain any porcelain or stainless steel. It did have bacon, caramelized onions and crispy onions, wild mushrooms, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce and chipotle barbecue sauce. They were served with hand-cut fries, and I think they represented a good value at $11 and $12 respectively. ... Read more
Marlow's Tavern Winter Park
Address1008 S. Orlando Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone407-960-3670
Price$$
Scott's Review
As with my experience with the Pointe Orlando Marlow’s in October, I still feel burgers are the forte here. A friend and I stopped in for dinner earlier this month shortly after the restaurant opened its doors. Rick chose the Tavern burger but I went for something new, the crispy brick chicken that has been added as a summer menu item. The chicken featured a grilled airline breast (with the wing joint attached) served with summer ratatouille that included chickpeas, zucchini, asparagus and grape tomatoes, dressed with a kale pesto picatta. It alls sounds complex but it was fairly mundane. I kept coveting Rick’s burger, a thick patty, oozing with juices, grilled to a lovely red medium-rare, topped with shredded romaine lettuce, a thick slice of tomato and some red onion, all on a softly fresh sesame seed-studded bun. This place knows how to do a good burger.... Read more
Max & Meme Cafe
Address1050 State Road 434
CityLongwood
Phone407-429-4956
Price$
Scott's Review
At the suggestion of my server (whose playfulness and good nature added to the enjoyment), I had the pot roast lunch, a full plate of tender, falling-apart tender meat with a plop of mashed potatoes holding a well of dark gravy and steamed green beans and carrots. More than enough to eat, and priced under $9. What’s not to like? M&M also has a full roster of breakfast items, and the BLTs at the next table looked so good I almost ordered one to go.... Read more
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