Orlando - Non Chain Italian Restaurant
Has anyone been to a great Italian Restaurant in the Disney area that's NOT a chain?
re: Covert Ops
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
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.
My favorite is Terra Mia in Longwood, just a few miles north of Orlando, just west of I-4 on 434.