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“Great food and service”
Review of Taverna Italiano

Taverna Italiano
Ranked #24 of 133 Restaurants in Apopka
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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic food and great atmosphere. I had the baked penne bologna and it was out of this world. Highly recommend taking the family, great happy hour deals as well.

Thank RLF33036
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Reviewed May 24, 2017

Taverna is a classy place with excellent food and wine selection . It gets a bit loud in there as there is no carpet and the place echoes . Great for dinner , and or take out pizza . sometimes live music on Saturday . sometimes there is a private function .

Thank Paul D
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Reviewed April 1, 2017

Our neighbor got a couple of discount coupons for this restaurant and thought we should try it out. We would have NEVER thought to go there as it's a bit out of the way in a very suburban subdivision, tucked way back at their "country club". You drive through the subdivision with no knowledge that this place even exists and when you arrive it's a super surprise.
This used to be the clubhouse for the community golf course, but they closed the golf course! But when you go to the restaurant, it's really super nice. Much like an upscale club decorated beautifully. Lots of rich wood, wine bottles displayed, tasteful use of stone on the walls and bar, etc. Well done. Lots of obligatory large screen tv's and indoor as well as outdoor seating (overlooking the golf course area).
I chose the Shrimp PIccata with white wine, garlic, lemon,capers and fresh shrimp for $16. It was very good and just the right amount. My husband had the eggplant parmesian with spaghetti for $13. His eggplant was not cooked all the way through, and he thought the sauce was good, but not great. Our friends had the lobster ravioli, $16, which they thought was great, chicken marsala, $16, which he thought was very good, and lasagna, which they also said was very good.
We arrived prior to the end of Happy Hour (7:00) so we had drink discounts, and we also ordered the Happy Hour Bruschetta, which was absolutely delicious.
We will go back there. I understand on Wednesday nights they have a guitar player, so we might try that out.
As for the service - it was spotty, but we heard that was unusual. One server was great, but the other was not so great. . . and then we found out it was her first night. So we give her a pass and will go with good service.

Thank Tbelle
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Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

We've visited this establishment on two separate occasions almost a year apart. The first time it was on a very slow Sunday evening, and last night a busy Saturday evening. I will say without a doubt the food is incredible. Both times my meal were brought out incorrectly but tasted great. The prices are mid range to higher, and the portions, with the exception of mine were generous. Where we go wrong, with each visit is the WORST service we've ever had. Anywhere.
The first visit we sat outside and were left sitting there without any acknowledgement for almost 20mins. The bartender ended up taking our party of 6 and tried his best, but even then, saw him rarely and drinks were always needing attention.
The second visit we had almost a party of 12. There was a reservation and the time was for 7pm. By 737pm no one but 2 people had had their drinks they ordered shortly after 7pm. The waitress, who clearly struggled, never brought the regular waters and one tea ordered. And not once ever refilled anyone's drinks. We got up and approached the 2 personnel standing around by the bar and expressed she was clearly needing assistance. Drinks were brought out by different servers and refilled by different servers. As the night went on we got up multiple times and asked the bartender, and other servers to assist. Everyone was always polite, however never apologetic. Our bruschetta appetizer came out when dinner was almost over, after reminding the server 3 times it hadn't come; and we were still charged for it. The salads that "came" with the entrees, for $1.50, also came when dinner was almost over and again, only after reminding the server they had not been brought. At one point the manager, or owner came by to check on the table but was very quick to ask and walk away. When it came time to leave, and pay, despite making it clear In the beginning who was on which tab, it took almost 25-30 mins for the server to sort it out. And it was sent back 2x to fix. Amongst the teamwork that attempted to salvage the night, it was only because we kept getting up and explaining things that needed attention. The meal was almost 3 hrs long and we ordered everything shortly after our arrival.
I've never seen such a lack in management in such a establishment. The ambience and the food is so great, it's such a shame that the service is what is holding this restaurant back as much as it is. The amount of revenue and possibilities this place could bring to the community is huge but really can barely keep up due to such poor service. Wish we could say we would be back but the amount of time spent watching something derail so badly makes your night out upsetting.

Thank Hennac03
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

We live in Rock Springs, and tried Taverna when they first opened. They were great! We went back a few more times and the quality seemed to be slipping. Well the good news is they are on top of their game once again and I can recommend them to anyone in the area. We had a Bianca pizza and it was fresh, hot, and delicious! The fresh rosemary really set it off - it was just enough to flavor it but not overpower it. We also got the cheese-steak and it one of the best I've had. They added a touch of Worcestershire to it, so if you don't like Worcestershire you might want to ask them about it.

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Thank RobertH1961
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