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CTEdie May 3, 2007 07:29 AM

Has anyone been to a great Italian Restaurant in the Disney area that's NOT a chain?

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    britterbeezer RE: CTEdie May 3, 2007 09:32 AM

    not really in the disney area per se, but Bergamo's at the Mercado (Int'l Drive) is pretty good. opera singers added for a fun atmosphere. i also like Pepino's in Oviedo and Il Pescatore at Colonial and Bumby.

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      rudykins RE: britterbeezer May 4, 2007 06:28 AM

      Bergamo's just moved to Festival Bay further north of International Drive.

    2. Covert Ops RE: CTEdie May 3, 2007 11:56 AM

      Have not been to either, but people I trust on this board have mentioned Primo at the JW Marriott and Ristorante Tuscany in the Orlando World Center Marriott (the big one near the parks).

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        jword2001 RE: Covert Ops May 3, 2007 02:39 PM

        Palma Maria in Casselberry is good, my fav is the Lasagna ,and they also serve a better salad than most places.

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          Bob Mervine RE: Covert Ops May 8, 2007 02:10 AM

          I have to point out that the former operators of Ristorante Tuscany, who own Antica Posta in Atlanta, are no longer affiliated with the restaurant. It is now operated by the Marriott Orlando World Center.
          To my knowledge the quality of the food and service has not slipped to any degree, but I think that caveat is important.

          I've heard good things about Saucy Bella on Sand Laake -- but don't think it fits into the :great Italian" category.
          Christini's on Sand Lake, although quite expensive and a bit overdone, offers fine, old-fashioned Italian dining.
          I like Chatham's Place there also, although it is more Mediterranean than Italian.

          That, and the other reccs, pretty well cover that end of town for upscale Italian

          Bob

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          shardan01 RE: CTEdie May 3, 2007 08:10 PM

          Okay, this one is a chain... but you would never know it from eating there! Carmela's of Brooklyn on Kirkman is actually owned by the Sbarro chain but I didn't find that out until after I ate there. I really thought it was a great mom-and-pop Italian restaurant and I would highly recommend it.

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            starbucksbrew RE: CTEdie Jun 8, 2007 06:09 PM

            Not sure where to go near Disney, but just outside downtown Orlando, on Primrose (just south of Colonial) is Il Pescatore. The BEST Italian food in Orlando, period.

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              Bob Mervine RE: starbucksbrew Jun 8, 2007 06:51 PM

              If you stretch a point and include Winter Springs as Orlando, Stefano's is the original owner of Il Pescatore's new place -- fabulous. Giancarlo's, also in Winter Springs, is also quite good.

              Bob

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              Bill Greenberg RE: CTEdie Jun 9, 2007 11:17 AM

              My favorite is Terra Mia in Longwood, just a few miles north of Orlando, just west of I-4 on 434.

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                ladyevelyn RE: CTEdie Jun 12, 2007 08:12 AM

                If "Disney area" includes Downtown Orlando and WInter Park I recommend Bravissimo on Shine Avenue and Limoncello on Orange Avenue. Bravissimo is a small place tucked away in a residential neighborhood. Very Mom-and-Pop. Limoncello is a bit more on the upscale side, but the food is superb. Both are definitely worth the drive from the attractions side of town.

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                  britterbeezer RE: ladyevelyn Jun 12, 2007 12:15 PM

                  FYI, limoncello has closed it's doors.

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                    Bob Mervine RE: ladyevelyn Jun 12, 2007 06:59 PM

                    I'm curious how long it has been since you ate at Limoncello, as I would not recommend it to anyone, let alone someone driving all the way from Disney.

                    They are up for sale and the owners have stripped the place In fact, I'd be surpriosed if it is even open.

                    Bob

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