Monday, September 13, 2010

Wine and Dine in Orlando, Part III

The best experience we had during our four days in Orlando was dinner at Bice at the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios. Pulling into this amazing Italian Riviera inspired hotel gives you an amazing sense of class and romanticism.

You have to go through the hotel lobby to the outside patio overlooking a lake with gondolas, cafe seating around the lake and the most adorable Vespa look a likes all over the place. Very cute to take a stroll under the moonlight and take some cute pictures!

The restaurant is on the second floor of a building with a very nice exterior view, everyone in the establishment speaks Italian, they were very pleasant and before you can unfold your napkin they were already asking you about some cocktails! My lemon drop martini was great!

The menu is very traditional Italian, that included traditional beef carpaccio, minestrone, all sorts of pasta, chicken saltinbocca, and many many yummy things! We ordered the "fritto misto" for the table, for $19.00 we got slightly fried shrimps, zucchinis, calamari and mushrooms, the portion was very generous! Perfect to share in a table of six. We also ordered a beef carpaccio that came with a creamy caper sauce and truffle oil, very good, and some artichoke hearts to compliment it!

As our entrees we had a variety of things;
Lamb Chops with truffle oil and risotto, one word, AMAZING! For $38.00 you got nine ribs perfectly cooked!
I had the veal that was to die for! Very generous portions, it came with potatoes au gratin, $36.00
My sister had Chicken Saltinbocca, came with a huge tomato and arugula salad that was surprisingly tasty! $26.00
My dad had the farfale with mushrooms and peas that was unbelievable! $19.00
Mu husband had the tortellini filled with short rib in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and port reduction, very flavorful and surprisingly delicate. $30.00

I know the prices are a little bit high, but the whole experience was worth it! The wine was amazing as well, and don't forget the dessert, the tiramisu was the best I have tried in a while! The perfect ending for the perfect dinner! Cappuccinos and espressos were outstanding as well.

This was my FAVORITE restaurant in Orlando!

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