Food and wine festivals allow people to diversify their palates in one day, a feat previously attainable only by cramming five frozen dinners and a variety pack of juice boxes into a blender. Savor expanding horizons with today's Groupon to Tolla’s Italian Restaurant in Winter Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $12 you get $25 worth of authentic Italian fare and wine.
- For $20 you get $50 worth of authentic Italian fare and wine, valid for parties of four people or more.
Tolla’s Italian Restaurant owner and chef Gary Tolla follows old family recipes to craft a vast menu of traditional Italian fare. To kick off their meal, patrons can protect shy nails from the gazes of amorous stemware by plunging fingers into a plate of assorted olives ($4.95), or embrace dairy variety with a platter of pillowy buffalo mozzarella ($7.25). A heaping portion of romano-cheese-stuffed lasagna fashionably layers its pasta and sauce garments ($12.95), while morsels of sautéed chicken breast cavort with succulent artichokes and capers in the chicken picatta’s pool of citrusy white-wine sauce ($12.25). Finally, servings of desserts such as large cannoli ($3.75) or tiramisu ($5.95), wave cream-spattered white napkins to announce hunger’s final surrender.
Patrons who peruse Tolla’s wine list can opt to sip vintages by the glass ($6.75) or order a bottle to share with friends, who can then use it to transport an ocean-borne message to their favorite grape varietal. Alternately, savor the bubble of authentic Italian beers such as Moretti La Rossa or Peroni ($3.50 each) as live bands and performances enliven the dining experience on Friday and Saturday nights.
Tolla’s Italian Restaurant
Chef and owner Gary Tolla selects dishes from a large rolodex of family Italian recipes to fill out the menu at Tolla’s Italian Restaurant. Veal and chicken receive the parmigiana, marsala, and piccata treatments, and raviolis are stuffed with cheese to create little pillowy pockets almost identical to actual dollhouse pillows. A selection of wine helps wash down hot and cold subs or pizzas concocted from shareable 12-inch disks or personal 10-inch crusts. On Friday and Saturday evenings, live entertainment—from bands to a Rat Pack balloon artist—entertains patrons inside the eatery.