While we all recognize backward speech and uncontrollable blinking as signs of hunger, few people realize it can also cause fatigue and dizziness. Curb this incapacitating condition before it gets out of control with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian food and drinks at Matteo’s Family Style Ristorante Italiano's Orlando location.
Founded in New York by Salvatore Sorrentino and his two sons, Matteo’s Family Style Ristorante Italiano caters to culinary cravings with a menu of classic Italian cuisine complemented by a catalog of wine and creative cocktails. Write the introduction to a memorable meal with New York—baked clams ($12.95+) or calamari arrabbiata, swathed in a sauce of garlic, tomatoes, and red chili ($16.95+). Diners observe elegant performances as clusters of capellini or parties of penne synchronizingly swim together in sauces such as amatriciana ($16.95+) or bolognese ($16.95+).
For the veal chop valdostana, a pan-fried chop dresses itself in prosciutto and mozzarella cheese before enrobing in a mushroom-marsala wine sauce, while the zucchini linguini ($17.95+) from the Healthy Corner of the menu satisfies hunger for fresh pasta or the need for end rhymes in dinnertime sonnets. Bottles of innumerable vintages stare longingly from Matteo’s wine room, domestic and international meal-matchers interested in accompanying edibles on upcoming esophageal expeditions via bottle, glass, or decorative glove.
Matteo's cooks serve dishes in large family-style portions, a homestyle experience augmented by the restaurant's staff of annoying little brothers and hard of hearing uncles. Unlike Grandma’s house, reservations are required.
Matteo’s on International Drive serves up family-style dishes, but it may be the best of the lot.Faiyaz Kara, Orlando Weekly, 2/3/11
you could probably feed a platoon with one order. But it’s more than just ample portions, most of the food I sampled on a recent visit was quite good.Scott Joseph, Orlando Restaurant Guide
5350 International Dr.
Orlando, Florida 32819Get Directions