Mama Romano’s transforms fresh ingredients into from-scratch pastas, pizzas, and proteins that populate their lunch and dinner menus. Satisfy appetites with classic pasta dishes or traditional entrees such as veal picata ($15.95) and Frutti di Mare—schools of shrimp, calamari, clams, and mussels frolicking in a buttery sea of linguini ($19.95). Groups can share one of Mama’s hand-tossed 16-inch specialty pizzas including steak and cheese ($17.95) or Hawaiian ($15.95), while diners with color preferences can customize a pinkish pie with shrimp, prosciutto, and sun-dried tomatoes. Swig a beer or a glass of wine, and ask Mama's sociable servers for pairing tips, meal suggestions, or strategies for disguising marinara stains.
Bella Italian Restaurant dishes out authentic Italian delicacies from a menu, rooted in Old World tradition. Swimming in a sea of marinara, olive-oiled mussels ($8.95) flex for admiring taste buds, and fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic lounge on crunchy toasted bruschetta ($6.95). Diners can tangle their tongues around a mound of spaghetti, mingled with the baked goodness of eggplant parmigiana under a blanket of mozzarella cheese ($11.95), or pacify luxury-loving teeth with tender veal marsala, with mushrooms and shallots in classic wine sauce ($14.95). Oceanic appetites are sated with spicy calamari fra diavolo, supple calamari sautéed in a piquant marinara sauce crowning a linguini hill ($13.95).
The Global Peace Film Festival celebrates and furthers messages of peace and environmentalism with 40 films screened at venues across Orlando. Documentaries, narrative full lengths, and short films from around the globe spare cinephiles from direct sunlight while filmmakers, special guests, and local activists educate attendees about the power of the medium in special panel discussions. The peace it champions as a whole goes beyond anti-war, often touching on a more personal well-being that's reflected in the lives of individuals and communities.
At Cariera’s Lake Nona, the staff doesn’t hide its love for classic Italian dishes and golf. Framed pictures of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and other golf legends adorn the walls of the dining area, and the menu is packed with dishes such as eggplant parmigiano, veal marsala, and fettuccine alfredo. The chefs also stuff seafood into ravioli, roll out New York–style pizzas, and roll up homemade cannoli. If desired, guests can lounge on the eatery’s covered patio, which has dark foliage and leftover spaghetti beautifully woven through the awning’s support beams.
Voted best pizza in town by the Orlando Sentinel for seven years in a row, Pizzeria Valdiano unleashes a welcome avalanche of dough, cheese, tomato paste, and freestyle-snowboarding cherry peppers upon the burgundy-boothed slopes of the restaurant’s interior. The pie-centric menu democratically offers a motorcade of non-pie starters such as fried mozzarella ($4.95) and garlic-bread parmigiana ($3.75) to take down those who lack the drive to take a piece of the cheesy disc. Try an artichoke-hearty pizza Fiorentina ($9.50 for 10", $16.95 for 16"), a peppery pizza piccante ($9.50/$16.95), or a pizza stella ($10.95/$17.95) with melted mozzarella, eggplant, and feta cheese.
A celestial ceiling that gives the illusion of dining under the stars casts a romantic aura over Pacino's two-story interior, as patrons savor aromatic Italian dishes that have earned the restaurant a high recommendation from Frommer's. Toothsome family heirlooms dot the menu, with classic starters such as garlic-scented roasted mussels, or the dazzling flaming cheese ($9.99), ignited tableside by the tiny dragons servers keep in their pocket. Forks cut in for dance with the linguini carbonara that twirls on a cream dance floor with prosciutto and parmesan ($13.99). Subtly breaded slices of eggplant surround a trio of Italian cheeses in the vegetarian eggplant rollettini ($13.99), and a pork shank simmers in barolo wine in the osso bucco, a meaty Northern Italian classic ($19.99). Groups of two or four complement Old World feasts with a generous pour of wine while admiring their reflections in the restaurant's Sicilian copper grill or diving through dishes on the outdoor patio.
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+).