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Orlando - Pasta Party Alternative - IRONMAN

karen a. May 12, 2008 10:12 AM

I am not sure if there is going to be a pasta party for this weekend's Ironman 70.3 in Orlando. To that end, I was wondering if you could suggest some good, hearty Italian pasta joints in the Orlando area. Nothing frou frou - - just normal, red sauce, good Italian. Thanks in advance

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    britterbeezer RE: karen a. May 13, 2008 07:37 AM

    i'm in love with circosta's in oviedo...they have an awesome red sauce. it's a family place, so no frou frou allowed!

    1. winechic RE: karen a. May 14, 2008 06:29 AM

      Stephan's Trattoria

      1425 Tuskawilla Rd.
      Winter Springs, FL 32708

      No frou frou, just good hearty food. Amazing red sauce!!! Great Lasagna, etc.

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        starbucksbrew RE: winechic May 14, 2008 12:03 PM

        Ditto on Stefano's. Depending on your geographic location, Il Pescatore near downtown used to be owned by him, has the exact same menu, and still has the same quality. Stefano's may be just slightly better, but the only reason I can even tell a difference is because I've eaten at Il Pescatore for 8 years, so I know exactly what it tastes like (which is awesome).

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        herbert1 RE: karen a. May 14, 2008 07:39 AM

        Went to Del Dio's yesterday and continue to be impressed.

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          jdc111 RE: karen a. May 15, 2008 09:16 AM

          Not sure about down by Disney area, but in downtown Orlando, I'd reccomend Il Pescatore for good, normal, red sauce, down-home Italian. There's also Anthony's in Thornton Park and Bravissimo just northeast of Thornton Park.

          For the Disney area, I did a search on the Sentinel's website (hope it works):


          If the link didn't work, go the the Orlando Sentinel's website, Entertainment section, Restaurant subsection, and you can search for area and cuisine.

          Have fun and good luck in the competition.

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