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“very tasty Italian food in Winter Park”
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Ranked #8 of 342 Restaurants in Winter Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Morse and Park Avenue
Description: Blending simplicity and inspiration, Prato celebrates cuisine from Italy's rich culinary landscape, seamlessly blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients. Celebrated chef, Brandon McGlamery entices guests with dishes ranging from light primi and insalata choices to savory, handcrafted pastas and inventive Italian entrees. By offering a variety of Spanish and Italian varietals and blends, we help our guests to discover complex, unique and lesser known wines that excited and delight their palettes. With a long bar that runs through the center of the restaurant, dining at Prato offers a communal and social atmosphere.
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Well located on Park Avenue in Winter Park. The food and drink options have been developed by the expert team running Luma just a few blocks away. Funky & big / open location. Walk to the bathroom and actually pass the kitchen where you can briefly interact with the highly competent staff overseeing the cooking and serving.

We ate the following:
bottle of Col De Salici - very tasty sparking wine, nice balance of dry with a some fruit

Seasoned olives appetizer - YUM - have to figure out the recipe

Campanelle pasta - plate licking food!! Homemade chorizo, octopus and an amazingly good sauce

Widow Maker pizza (I survived but to the dismay of my wife...) - Yummy is not enough to describe how good this fresh made pizza tasted.

The dessert looked tempting but we were full... :-)

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Thank FritziinTampa
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Don't miss either one. Whether you are going for dinner, happy hour, or just a cocktail, the food, drinks and service are as good or better than the atmosphere.

You don't have to be hungry to try their meatball appetizer, its amazing!

Say hi to Stephanie, my favorite bartender there!

Thank Donna N
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Strolled down Park Avenue looking for a light dinner and happened upon Prato. Dinner service doesn't start until 5:30 but their wood fired pizza selections (7) were available. The Salsiccia with Toscano was perfect. Since the menu changes daily your selection options may be different. Wine and beer selections were plentiful. Our waitress Jessica, a UCF student, was totally familiar with the selections on the menu and explained each one we inquired about in detail. We also sampled the Formaggio & Carne Salata. Excellent cheeses and sausages not to mention the olives!

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Thank Jackie A
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I live in Winter Park. Am at Prato weekly. Maybe twice weekly for lunch and dinner.

I just entered my reviews for a recent trip, realized I don't think to review my local spots. Prato deserves more than a glowing review. What more can I do to tell you that this is the place to go?

The executive chef is creative, extremely creative. But he also has that innate knowledge of what will be pleasing as well as adventurous. It's a delicate balance to strike, and he does it. Changes the menu often, weekly perhaps every two weeks. Keeping some offerings always.

SO recently I've had the Campagne Salad (curly endive, other lettuces, nuts, cheeses, fruit), hangar steak w bulgur pilaf and wild mushrooms and ramps, peanut butter and chocolate dessert done 4 ways, antipasto plate. Their salads are amazingly creative. The roasted butternut and walnut salad is excellent. Always have some sort of a steak offering. Desserts are creative, many deconstructed. Such as Apple Crisp done as the cinnamony apples as a compote, vanilla creme anglaise, oatmeal crunch sprinkled generously, scoop of raisin ice cream. Their homemade pasta offerings are great. Just had mustard pasta with pancetta and caramelized onion light cream sauce. Imagine that combination. Oh man.

Waitstaff is friendly, attentive, knowledgeable. Tim the manager is always there, always watching for any hiccups. He keeps it all running smoothly.

Tables outside or near the front are quieter. Inside can be noisy for me (I'm older. My adult kids like the inside energy.) They have good heaters outside for the winter months. And efficient valet parking right at the front door.

Best dinner place in Central Florida. Worth the drive from Disney. Worth the drive from anywhere. After dinner, walk up and down Park Avenue, the street all developers dream to have.

Thank othello1111
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Wow, people raving about this place have clearly been out in the sticks their whole lives. They mispelled both our first and last names so badly while recording our reservation that upon our arrival they insisted that we had no reservation. The attitude rich and horribly tatooed trashy hostess told us they were too busy for walk-ins. Suddenly the manager pointed out to her that there was a party of 4 at 6:30 with names extremely similar to ours. Nice work sherlock, drop the attitude next time until you know what the F is going on. We got a briefing from the waitress that the menu was "hard to understand" so she explained what prosciutto was. WOW thanks! Seriously? Are there people who need that explanation?

$21 dollar Meat and Cheese platter:
7 olives
3 slices of Sopresatta
Maybe 1/2 oz. of shaved prosciutto
6 slivers of fried dough
2 oz. of assorted cheese
oh and wait for it....Mortadella Foam, yes foam on a freaking plate
This whole platter could fit in one hand.

$13 for 4 fried flowers (squash blossoms) tasteless

Entrees were half the size of expected/described.

Our lamb pasta dish contained no lamb, which was admitted later by the chef and taken off our bill. My Prawn Diavolo pasta contained 3 prawns the size of my pinky finger. $16 for 3 prawns and six forks of average pasta.

This place is cosmetic. It's fancy and trendy but is way overpriced. We've eaten in over 40 countries and can spot a ripoff. The chef is talented and has great ideas, but buddy don't insult us. There is nothing Italian about tiny portions and high prices. You may fool some culturally challenged Floridians, but that's about it. You'd be laughed out of Tuscany, Rush Street in Chicago, Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn and any other place worthy of mentioning.

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Thank Freechicken
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