Out and About: The Meatball Stoppe Offers Traditional Italian with a Twist

I love pretty much all Italian food, but I love it even more when the restaurant can make me crave a dish a week later. That happened after a recent visit to The Meatball Stoppe on the east side of Orlando.

The Meatball Stoppe - baked mozzarella

Owner and chef Isabella Morgia di Vicari invited us to join a few other bloggers to check out her menu, and I enjoyed some of her twists on classic Italian dishes.

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Out and About: Gardell Brothers Brick Oven Pizza in Hunter’s Creek

Earlier this month, I had the chance to visit Gardell Brothers Brick Oven Pizza in Hunter’s Creek, which was hosting the Peter Alden CD release party. I decided it was the perfect time to try out their food, too.

Pepperoni Bread being dipped at Gardell Brothers Brick Oven Pizza in Hunter's Creek in Orlando

I started with their Pepperoni Bread appetizer. They take pizza dough, fill it with pepperoni and mozzarella, and roll it up breadstick style. You get three with marinara sauce for $5.25. They were so good! Like mini-pizzas you can dip. I would definitely get this again.

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Out and About: Stefano’s Grill in Dr. Phillips Serves Up Tasty Italian Chophouse Menu

One of my favorite things about living in Orlando is I’m always discovering tasty places to eat, and last week was no exception.

Stefano's Grill in Dr. Phillips

Thanks to my new friend Kayla Becker of Orlando My Way, I found myself with a small group of local foodies at Stefano’s Grill in Dr. Phillips.

Stefano’s Grill is helmed by its namesake, Chef Stefano Tedeschi and his lovely wife Mary, and is described by them as an Italian Chophouse. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the seating can accommodate larger groups such as ours, as well as couples and families. Lighting is low and the color scheme is dark browns and reds.

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The Meatball Shoppe Hosts a Special Four-Course Dinner on August 5

Love Italian food? The Meatball Shoppe in Orlando is hosting a special four-course dinner on August 5 celebrating the cuisine.

The Meatball Shoppe Orlando

The evening begins with a champagne welcome at 5:30pm, with dinner at 6pm.

The menu for this exclusive dinner includes 2 glasses of wine and the following dishes:

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Out and About: The Four Seasons Food Truck Tour at Four Seasons Resort Orlando #FSFoodTruck

 

Four Seasons Resorts food truck tour

Yesterday afternoon we headed out to the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World. It’s a stunning place, but we were there to check out the Four Seasons Food Truck, which made a stop at the resort as part of it’s east coast tour.

The menu was prepared by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi of the resort’s Ravello restaurant, and had a distinctive Italian flair.

Arancini al Brasato - Four Seasons Resort Orlando

We tried several items off the menu. The first was Arancini al Brasato, a ball of risotto with braised short rib and peas inside, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It just exploded with flavor in my mouth. Everything was well-balanced, and I could’ve eaten these all day. Thankfully we only had two in the order, and there were other things to try.

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Mitchell’s Fish Market Hosts “Italy Uncorked” Wine Dinner September 10, 2014

Take a journey through Italy when Mitchell’s Fish Market in Winter Park hosts its “Italy Uncorked” Wine Dinner on Wednesday, September 10, at 7pm.

The four-course dinner, paired with Italian wines, will be inspired by distinct Italian towns, from Tuscany to the coast, and be offered at $49.99 per person, plus sales tax and gratuity.

Mitchell's Fish Market Italy UncorkedHere is the menu to tantalize your taste buds:

Appetizer: Trio of Crostini with Olive Tapenade, Fresh Tomato and Lobster paired with La Marca Prosecco, DOC Veneto, Italy

Salad: Butternut Squash Tortellaci with Maine Lobster, Brown Butter, Sage and Smoked Bacon paired with Da Vinci Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie, Italy

Entrée: Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Cannellini Beans, Spinach, Tomato and Basil Aioli paired with Brancaia “Tre” Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy

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Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar in Winter Park Celebrates 7th Anniversary By Donating Portion of October Sales to Charity

Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar in Winter Park is celebrating its seventh anniversary by helping to raise money for charity

Heart of Florida United Way CEO Bob Brown with Rocco Potami, chef/owner of Rocco's Italian Grille and Bar.
Heart of Florida United Way CEO Bob Brown with Rocco Potami, chef/owner of Rocco’s Italian Grille and Bar.

Chef and owner Rocco Potami said that 7 percent of all restaurant sales during the month of October would be donated to the Heart of Florida United Way.

As part of the celebration, several new items have been added to the menu, including pastas, chicken, and veal dishes. Many are in the $15-$17 range.

Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar is located at 400 S. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park. The phone number is 407-644-7770 and the website is roccositaliangrille.com.

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