Best Italian Restaurants in Orlando

From classic to trend-setting
July 18, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Checked tablecloths? Barely. Orlando's Italian restaurants run the gamut from special-occasion old-timers to refreshingly progressive. 

Christinis Ristorante Italiano
Italian · Dr. Phillips · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

After more than 25 years this Dr. Phillips Italian still “doesn’t miss a beat” , turning out “excellent” “traditional favorites” in “charming” marble-accented surrounds with a “grown-up” vibe; “attentive” service garners praise too, and while a few critics contend it’s “overpriced and overrated” , more say you’re in for a “fantastic experience” – just “be prepared to drop a bundle.”
Enzo's on the Lake
Italian · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Upscale dining with down-home flavors " sums up this " romantic " Longwood " fixture ", a " wonderful celebration place " that " captures the essence of Italian cuisine " in " excellent " cooking from a " kitchen that doesn't seem capable of sending out a bad meal "; " friendly yet professional servers " further sweeten the " scenic " lakeside setting, making " pricey" tabs less than surprising.
Peperoncino
Italian · Dr. Phillips · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Pasta like momma used to make” and a wide selection of pizzas can be found at this roomy Italian kitchen and bar, offering diners “a bit of Italy” in Dr. Phillips; the casual, red-accented space features contemporary decor, and outdoor seating is a bonus.
Prato
Italian · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

The "meatballs deserve a standing ovation" rave fans of this "beautifully decorated" Italian that's heralded for its "hearty, rustic" "foodie cuisine" ; the "cool, hip atmosphere" makes it feel like a "real Manhattan-style joint" and approachable prices add to the reasons it's a "favorite.
Rocco's Italian Grille & Bar
Italian · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A “hidden treasure” say fans of this upscale-casual delivering some of the “most authentic” Italian cooking; it’s “pricey” , but with solid service and a “lovely garden” , it’s a local “go-to.”
Adriatico Trattoria Italiana
Italian · College Park
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

Locals “linger” over “excellent authentic Italian” cooking and “good wine” at this midpriced College Parker; fans also praise servers who “know the menu” and “give terrific recommendations” in the “intimate” surroundings, and most deem it an overall “enjoyable” experience.