Matteo’s, a family style Italian restaurant out of New York, has opened on International Drive. The Orlando restaurant is the 10th for the small organization and the fourth in Florida (there are also restaurants in Boca Raton, Hallandale and Jupiter). The “family style” designation means that the food is brought to the table on platters to pass around rather than already plated. In terms of the portions, this might be called army style because your could probably feed a platoon with one order.
But it’s more than just ample portions, most of the food I sampled on a recent visit was quite good. My guest and I started with the warm mozzarella, made on the premises to order, hence the still-warm nature. It was milky white and had a perfectly creamy texture. Mozzarella, of course, has very little flavor of its own, so the accompaniments of shredded basil, a little cracked pepper and roasted red pepper were almost as important and added just the right flavor notes.
I also liked the ricotta stuffed rigatoni, the sea bass Luciano and veal chop. The ricotta cheesecake was just about one of the best I’ve ever had. And by the way, all of the desserts are made on the premises. That alone should tell you that this restaurant is serious about its food. Read my full review here. You can also see some of the comments from others who have been there. Click this link to go directly to the SJO Dining Deals page.
Yes, I know, it’s on International Drive. That’s always a tough sell for locals. But it’s on the north end where the traffic isn’t as thick. And if I didn’t think Matteo’s was as good as it is, I wouldn’t bother to tell you to go. But I know you’re going to enjoy it as much as I did.
And what a terrific opportunity: Get $40 of food and drink for only $20!
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And although you will receive you certificate immediately, please note that it is not valid until Saturday, May 14, 2011.
Other things to remember: This offer is non-refundable. It cannot be exchanged for cash, and you can’t get cash back if you don’t use the full amount (that means it must be used in one visit). One certificate per table. It may not be used in conjunction with any other coupon, offer or discount. Not valid for special events, including, but not limited to, Orlando Magical Dining Month. (To avoid confusion, it’s always a good idea to present your certificate to the server at the beginning rather than at the end.) Does not include tax or gratuity. And please remember that it is customary to tip on the pre-discounted amount.