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“Better than Carrabas”

Santioni's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 217 Restaurants in Orange Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Better than Carrabas”
Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

Local Italian cuisine. Original owner back in charge. Facility updated. Nice ambience. Had mussels which are one of our favorites. Theirs at least as good as Carrabas where we usually have mussels. Service very good and owner/ chef comes out of kitchen to see how everything is going. Back to the quality we had become accustomed.

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English first
Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Welcome back Bruno and Buena Fortuna”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Before going to Santioni's to celebrate a good friend's birthday we called to check to see if in fact Bruno, the original owner of Santioni's, was back and to our delight he is. Bruno has completely redone the restaurant, dining room and kitchen. Service and food were excellent. We enjoyed veal and chicken marsala- flavorful. Bruno came over and we had a delighful conversation with him about coming out of retirement and returning to this location where he enjoyed his clientele. I encourage all the locals to come back. You will be happy you did.
As a special treat that evening, Bruno gave profiteroles to all the diners.
Grazie, Bruno..buena fortuna

  • Visited September 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Bruno's back!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Over the past nearly 30 years Bruno Santioni has provided the Jacksonville, Florida area with consistently amazing and authentic Italian food. A few years ago wanting to spend more time with his grandchildren, he became less active in his restaurants. Recently, though, he returned to his Orange Park location much to the delight of his customes. Along with his wife, Sylvanna, he brought his family, Mike and Patti, ensuring a dynamic team. Several friends have visited and raved about the food, service, and beautiful new decor. Great place!

  • Visited August 2012
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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Nice place, but . . .”
Reviewed April 16, 2011

We enjoyed a decent meal here and appreciated the quiet, pleasant surroundings and the pianist's low-key performance; the restaurant is plenty nice enough for a neighborhood spot, and the personable owner/chef offered hospitable greetings. . . . Major complaint was that the veal dish I ordered was not nearly as tender or well-prepared as I've come to expect at good Italian restaurants. It was merely ok, and (I presume) could have benefited from some hard whacks with a mallet and with a marsala sauce that was more traditional and less like a thick country gravy.

  • Visited March 2011
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Fantastic Dinner”
Reviewed October 19, 2010

I was in town on business and had dinner here with two colleagues, as recommended by the owner of Club Continental. We had an amazing cut of beef tenderloin served with a ton of vegetables. The owner served it up table-side and it was AMAZING. If ever back in Orange Park, I'll be back at Santioni's.

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