If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon to Gargi’s Lakeside. Choose between two options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian dinner fare and drinks.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of Italian lunch fare and drinks.
Nestled against the shore of Lake Ivanhoe, the romantic dining room at Gargi’s Lakeside pairs panoramic views of the lake with a menu of authentic Italian dishes. Buffalo mozzarella cuddles flame-kissed red peppers and fresh basil on a bed of grilled italian bread in the bruschetta alla gargis appetizer ($10), which prepares mouths for main courses. Submarines of potato pasta slink through a sea of marinara sauce alongside eggplant sailboats, green-pea buoys, and gorgonzola rip tides in the gnocchi alla gargis ($10), and fettuccine carbonara relishes shallots, prosciutto, and a light alfredo sauce ($19). Experienced chefs sauté large shrimp and salty capers with the eponymous fish for grouper francese ($27.95), and 12-ounce pork chops ($21) keep knives from feeling underutilized. In between massaging uvulas with forkfuls of food, diners can enjoy the grape’s most treasured form with one of the restaurant’s fine wines.
During dinnertime meals, serene sunsets reflect from neighboring Lake Ivanhoe and drape patrons in a vibrant, glow-stick-like radiance, and live music (Friday–Sunday) wafts throughout the spacious outdoor patio. Indoor crowds can revel in equally pristine views via three sprawling windows facing the water and tune their ears to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, which tempt irreverent table dancing.
Gargi’s Lakeside opened its doors in 1987, and out came the soft notes of classic crooners including Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, along with weekend sessions of live music. These smooth musical notes set the mood for Italian feasts filled with platters of fresh gnocchi, eggplant parmesan, and filet mignon. The wait staff gives each patron personalized attention by recommending entrees and drink pairings from the two full bars. Each of these libation locales presents a wine list featuring varietals from Italy, Chile, and California. In the interior dining area, candlelit tables cluster near three sprawling windows overlooking Lake Ivanhoe. The outdoor dining area, meanwhile, grants front-row views of the orange and red Florida sunsets.
1414 N Orange Ave.
Orlando, Florida 32804