'Mangia,' Orlando! Get Moonstruck at These Local Italian Faves

Pop quiz, Hotshot: you’re craving your Nana Stella’s lasagna something fierce but you’re on vacation with the family – in Orlando of all places. What do you do? What. Do. You. Do? You check out 10Best’s list of Italian restaurants, of course. We’re happy to point you in the direction of quality cannoli, premier Piccata, exceptional Alfredo and melt-in-your-mouth melanzane. And with price points and dining digs to suit every need, you can impress your clients, your mom or your S.O. with lofty menus or roll in wearing shorts, T-shirts and sneaks for pizza, pasta and profiteroles; no need for fancy-schmancy! Antonio’s Market & Café’s lovely lakeside location makes this deli-restaurant ideal for eat-in or take-out with a view while Enzo’s on the Lake offers a similar setting with a decidedly upscale tilt. Come for an al fresco sunset on the deck and stay for the signature bucatini alla Enzo and a glass or two of wine. Sample the wood-fired pizza at Francesco’s where you can take in the kitchen action at the bar-top or kick back at La Luce by renown Napa Valley chef Donna Scala, where a day of wild fun at the theme parks melts away amid the relaxing atmosphere of the Bonnet Creek Orlando Hilton. How you do Italian here is just a matter of preference.  

Enzo's has long been a fixture for fine Italian dining in Orlando, wowing diners with cuisine to match its peerless lake view for roughly 30 years. In fact, the setting is so delightful that many make it their choice for all kinds of special...  Read More

The execution is simple and the digs are well worn, but Il Pescatore remains well loved nonetheless, a neighborhood eatery that has remained popular despite changing hands a number of times. Homey and comfortable, many cite friendly staffers as...  Read More

College Park's lucky residents have a host of wonderful dining options within a casual stroll of their homes and many choose to saunter into Adriatico again and again. Why? Authentic Italian is the order of the day at this intimate trattoria...  Read More

On the go? Grab your necessaries – whether the fresh meats, cheeses or produce, the imported-grocery variety or the prepared dish of your choosing – and head out the door. Feel like camping out? Buy a good bottle of wine before sitting down...  Read More

Vincenzo Cucina Italiana is a hybrid of sorts, a superb restaurant that melds family-run warmth with a fine-dining vibe, making it a wonderful place for a date night, a client dinner, a post-work glass of Chianti or a special occasion dinner....  Read More

At La Luce, the crisp salads, thin-crust pizzas and hearty, old world recipes – the tender-delicious rabbit cacciatore, hunter-style, over sumptuous ricotta gnocchi comes to mind – are designed to satisfy. And the setting, the swanky Hilton...  Read More

Great Italian food is just comfortable. Perhaps it's the warm, family-oriented culture, or the memories of your Nonni yelling from the kitchen, or the carb-induced coma that often follows a satisfying meal. No matter, though, Francesco's will...  Read More

Trevi Pasta is just the sort of place you'd expect to find in a walkable stretch of neighborhood like College Park � small, family-run, friendly. And its exceedingly fresh fare � handmade pastas cooked to order � is just the...  Read More

So many gems of the Orlando metro's dining community are ensconced in anonymous (and ubiquitous) strip-mall digs and Stefano's Trattoria is just such a jewel, this one at the intersection of Red Bug and Tuskawilla Roads in Winter Springs. You're...  Read More

Prato is an upscale enough venue in which to celebrate a landmark anniversary or well-deserved promotion but also casual enough to bring the (well-behaved, please) kids for some wonderfully crispy pizza from the wood-burning oven and sandwiches...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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