Italian Restaurants in Ocala

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A pastel-colored mural of the Parthenon welcomes diners to Lakis Greek & Italian Restaurant—a place where appetites get to travel to far-off lands from the comfort of a blue-vinyl booth. The menu here includes classics of Greek and Italian cuisine, as well as hybrid dishes that feature elements of both. Spanakopita spinach pies share appetizer turf with mozzarella sticks, while multi-tiered entrees include both Momma's lasagna and moussaka. The Greek pizza puts a Hellenic spin on the traditional Italian pie, and baked strombolis double as Olympic torches when placed in close proximity to appetizers of flaming saganaki.

3405 SW College Rd
Ocala,
FL
US

With its entrees named for New York City landmarks and the decorative fruit dotting its walls and tables, Apples Bar & Grill embraces its name. Pizzas, such as the South Bronx taco and Wall Street White, join salads named for Central Park and Madison Square Garden, alongside Big City chili, Broadway chef salads, and a selection of breakfast items. Beers such as Budweiser—which is what the Dutch called Battery Park—pour from taps behind the pennant-strewn bar, complementing cheese fries and crab poppers during special events such as karaoke nights and live performances from local musicians.

4409 NW Blitchton Rd
Ocala,
FL
US

Mike’s Italian To Go bakes, fries, and hand tosses a menu of Italian classics including pasta, calzones, hot and cold heroes, and New York–style pizza. Open Italian excursions with an order of fried calamari ($7.95) or gooey mozzarella sticks ($5.50). A spaghetti dinner ($7.95+) floods reminiscent bellies with Rockwellian nostalgia, topped with your choice of five savory concoctions including marinara, meat sauce, and alfredo. The house special pizza is one of several specialty options, raising special to the power of two with piles of ham, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and green peppers ($14.25 for a 14" pie). Inside Mike's ovens, sizzling noodles absorb saucy, cheesy surroundings in baked ziti ($9.95), stuffed shells ($9.95), and lasagna ($10.95). A variety of herbivore-friendly options include eggplant parmigiani ($10.95) and spinach manicotti ($9.95). Kids can pick on items their own size, such as a ham and provolone hero ($5.50), offering youngsters a better role model than the jerk chicken so pervasive on television these days. Spaghetti also appears in a tastier alternative to its 'O' form in a kid-sized quantity topped with meatballs ($5.50). Punctuate Italian feasts with an open-ended tiramisu ($3.95) dash or a cheesecake wedge ($2.95) exclamation.

5855 SE 5th St
Ocala,
FL
US

In the 40 years since the first Hungry Howie's opened, the restaurants' chefs haven't just focused on getting new and inventive toppings. Instead, they have also innovated the their pizzas in other ways, such as creating their eight signature flavors of crust. Crust options include sesame, garlic and herbs, Cajun seasons, or even onion, adding a subtle flavor to custom pizzas. Guests can choose which crust would go best with their mix of the house's 15 toppings, which include options such as bacon, feta cheese, anchovies, and pineapple. In addition to pizzas, chefs also create oven-baked subs and fresh salads to create full Italian meals.

11175 SW 93rd Court Rd
Ocala,
FL
US

The brick-lined boutique storefront does not deceive those who pass by Hello Gorgeous Salon: the inside, which boasts red walls covered in inspirational quotes and couches dotted with throw pillows, is just as cozy. These warm confines have been stylist and color expert Shelly Thompson’s workplace for eight years. Her 15 years of experience behind the shears informs her every move as she cuts, dyes, and straightens hair with ultramodern Brazilian-blowout treatments. She garners most of her career fulfillment from making women more confident and helping scissors find employment.

8721 SE 58th Ave
Ocala,
FL
US

The kitchen at Taverna Red turns out Mediterranean-inspired and American dishes to delight every appetite within its warm and expansive enclave. An array of small plates succinctly satisfy, doing double duty as shareable appetizers or solo suppers. The mini pork shank ($7.50) dons a sweet glaze, and steamed Prince Edward Island mussels luxuriate in a tomato, garlic, and white-wine broth ($8.50) to emulate their natural oceanic environment. For heartier hunger, the menu musters up a hefty roster of grilled meats, sautéed seafood, and fresh pastas. Pan-seared triggerfish hides beneath a beurre-blanc sauce ($16) as it silently aims its side dishes at loudmouthed wine glasses. Homemade fussili pasta, on the other hand, peppers a pink cream sauce with fresh salmon, baby spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes ($15). An array of specialty cocktails ($6–$7) buttress tantalizing tastes, and diners can also sample selections from the abundant wine list in 3-ounce portions ($3–$4) or complement cuisine with a full glass ($5.50–$8).

16770 S US Highway 441
Summerfield,
FL
US