Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine pastas, pizzas, and more at Cariera's Cucina Italiana, located at the Marketplace on Dr. Phillips Boulevard and at Lake Hart on Narcoosee Road. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only.
Drawn from globally pleasing Italian recipes, Cariera's menus feature an array of classic antipasti, gourmet pizzas, and pastas (click here for the Marketplace menu and here for Lake Hart). Begin a meal in traditional fashion with an antipasto of steamed mussels ($11.50), fried calamari (lightly floured and served with lemon and marinara, $10.50), or bruschetta ($5.95; with buffalo mozzarella, $8.95) and a glass of Da Vinci Chianti ($8). Settling the debate over whether or not to order pasta, entrees at Cariera's that aren't made with pasta come with a side of pasta (except those that are served with vegetables), so you can order your eggplant parmesan––lightly breaded eggplant layered with ricotta, marinara, and mozzarella ($15.95 at Marketplace, $15.50 at Lake Hart)––or veal Marsala, sautéed with mushrooms and Marsala wine ($19.95), with confidence. A tiramisu martini ($10.50) is a fitting dessert as the sun sets over the breezy outdoor patio of either location.
While shady, fan-bedecked covered patios absorb the radiant energy of warm Florida sunshine, the warm-hued walls and Italianate accents of Cariera's dining rooms surround diners with Old World charm, complemented by a generous waitstaff. Take a casual date and share a pasta dish, or go black tie with friends and have a formal meatball-eating contest.
Cariera's Cucina Italiana was named Best Family Restaurant by readers of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin, with the Narcoosee Road location getting a 4.5-star average from three Yelpers and the Dr. Phillips Boulevard location getting a four-star average from five Yelpers and 11 TripAdvisors.
- Friends of ours brought us to this great Italian resturant.We now do the same anyone that wants GREAT Italian food and service. – gmguy_us, TripAdvisor
- Whatever you order here, you can't go wrong. In the mood for pizza? Dynamite. Want the old Italian classic gnocchi? Find it here. Italian wedding soup? Mini-meatball-tastic. Not to mention their canolis [sic], ooooh their canolis [sic]. – Anthony C., Yelp on the Dr. Phillips Boulevard location