Restaurant Listings
Papa Lozzi Italia
Address504 N. Alafaya Trail,
CityOrlando
Phone407-440-2099
Price$$
Scott's Review
Mom and Papa sort of Italian restaurant.... Read more
Paradiso 37
Address1590 Buena Vista Drive
Disney Springs
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-934-3700
Price$$
Scott's Review

The lastest from E-Brands group (Timpano, Samba Room) and the newest in Downtown Disney, Paradiso 37 neither thrills nor disappoints. If you're an aficionado of tequilas, the towering bar with 50 brands might impress you.

For my appetizer I chose the Central American crazy corn because I was in a wild and Central American kind of mood.  This featured fire-roasted corn-on-the-cob coated with melted cheese and drizzled with a slightly peppery hot sauce. I sort of liked it, though my companion found it more than a little crazy. What I didn’t like was the four small, half-ears for that price. At $7.50 I’m guessing there’s a profit of around seven bucks on that one.

For my entree I chose the tres tacos. There were, as the name implies, three of them, but together they barely amounted to one regular sized taco. The mini corn tortillas were firm, but the meats -- your choice from among chicken, pork, grilled steak, mahi mahi or, for a vegetarian option, roasted mushrooms -- were underseasoned and under proportioned. The tacos were further dwarfed by a large mound of green cilantro rice and a puddle of black beans. Both side dishes were fine, though again nothing ste... Read more

Paradiso Pizza
Address1502 N. Semoran Blvd.
CityOrlando
Phone407-745-4226
Price$
Scott's Review
Pretty good pizza that can stand up to some New York City shops.... Read more
Parkview
Address136 Park Ave S
CityWinter Park
Phone407-647-9103
Price$$
Scott's Review
The Parkview is a favorite wine bar and restaurant on Park Avenue. Besides a terrific lineup of wines (be sure to check out the wines offered with the Coravin device) the kitchen puts out some good food to accompany.... Read more
Pat O'Brien's
AddressCityWalk
Universal Orlando
CityOrlando
Phone407-224-3663
Price$$
The facade is a remarkable replication of the famous Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans. Food is better than average, especially the jambalaya. This is more of a place to come for the rollicking piano music and the drinks, especially the renowned hurricane, served in the hurricane glass. Careful about the specialty drinks -- with most you're also purchasing a souvenir glass. Ask about your options if you'd rather just have the liquor without the glassware.... Read more
Pepe's Cantina
Address433 W. New England Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-972-4881
Price$$
Scott's Review
Mi Tomatina, the paella place in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square, is now Pepe’s Cantina. While Spanish may still be spoken here, the dialect is more Mexican than Catalan. And there’s a distinct Texas accent, as well. Pepe’s Facebook page (the website is still “under construction) states that chef Jose Baranenko’s menu “puts a new twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.” Inasmuch as fajitas and nachos — and burgers, for that matter — are Mexican it’s only because they migrated from the country to the north. But I’ll not quibble about authenticity. I had a pleasant visit to Pepe’s recently, and if the cantina vibe isn’t quite in sync with such neighbors as Chez Vincent, Mynt and Armando’s — Pepe’s Facebook page is promoting an event called Cinco de Drinko — it isn’t any more out of place than, say, Dexter’s down the block.... Read more
Peperoncino
Address7988 Via Dellagio Way
CityOrlando
Phone407-440-2856
Price$$
Scott's Review
f you walked through Peperoncino’s front door and took too many steps you’d find yourself back outside through the little restaurant’s back door. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in charm and, more important, the food. In the realm of Italian restaurants in Central Florida, few offer the sort of authentic experience that Peperoncino does. If you’re sitting in a spot that allows a view of the Dellagio’s central plaza, you might think you’re on a piazza looking at one of the fountains of Rome. And don’t expect the food to bring you back to reality. It is expertly crafted from recipes cooked in the kitchens of the chef/owner Barbara Alfano’s grandmothers and is lovingly replicated here. Every bite is a veritable travelogue.... Read more
Perla's Pizza
Address603 Virginia Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-745-4483
Price$$
Scott's Review
Perla’s is the project of Mike Collantes of Taglish, the Filipino-American food stall inside the Lotte Market on West Colonial Drive. Perla’s, in the Mills 50 district in an almost-shared space with the Thirsty Topher, does just pizzas (and one salad), offering a small collection of curated pies, most of them more mundane than the one called It’s Bananas.... Read more