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HOWMOTORS’ Top Picks for Magical Dining 2023



Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey filled with enchantment and delectable flavors? Look no further than Magical Dining, where the finest restaurants in Orlando showcase their culinary prowess through a special prix-fixe menu. Join us as we unveil our top picks for this year's Magical Dining extravaganza that promises to transport your taste buds to a realm of culinary magic and wonder.


1. CAPA STEAKHOUSE & BAR — FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO AT WALT DISNEY WORLD® RESORT

Experience Spanish-Inspired Delights Amid Disney Magic

Nestled within the opulent Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, the Capa Steakhouse & Bar stands as a beacon of luxury dining. This is not just a steakhouse; it's an immersive experience that combines the elegance of Spanish cuisine with the enchantment of Disney. From the moment you step in, you're greeted by a world where every detail is meticulously crafted to whisk you away on a culinary journey.

Begin your experience with a selection of ace tapas that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. The vibrant flavors of Spain come alive in dishes like patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo, setting the stage for the main event. The flame-kissed ribeye, adorned with tamarind-ancho sauce, takes center stage with a tantalizing blend of smokiness and sweetness.

However, the magic doesn't stop at the food. What truly sets Capa Steakhouse apart is its impeccable service. The staff orchestrates your dining experience with grace and precision, making sure that every need is met. It's this seamless fusion of exceptional cuisine and world-class service that keeps Mary coming back for more, turning each visit into an unforgettable memory.


2. AVA MediterrAegean


A Mediterranean Oasis of Flavor and Ambiance

Tucked away in the heart of Orlando is a hidden gem that captures the essence of Mediterranean bliss—AVA MediterrAegean. Step through its doors and you're transported to a sun-soaked haven where the flavors of Greece, Italy, and beyond converge in perfect harmony. This restaurant is not just a place to dine; it's an escape to the shores of the Mediterranean.

The menu at AVA MediterrAegean reads like a love letter to the Mediterranean coast. Each dish is a celebration of fresh ingredients, time-honored techniques, and the vibrant cultures that shape the region. From the tangy notes of Greek tzatziki to the aromatic richness of Italian pasta, every bite tells a story of tradition and innovation.

But it's not just the food that envelops you in the Mediterranean spirit. The ambiance, too, plays a pivotal role in creating an immersive experience. The warm hues, rustic textures, and welcoming atmosphere make every visit feel like a voyage to a distant coastal village. For those seeking a culinary escape, AVA MediterrAegean is a true oasis of flavor and ambiance.


3. Christinis Ristorante Italiano

A Culinary Celebration of Italy's Finest

In the heart of Orlando, a restaurant stands as a testament to the timeless allure of Italian cuisine—Christinis Ristorante Italiano. Revered by locals and visitors alike, this dining establishment is a haven for those who seek the soul-soothing comfort of Italian flavors prepared with unwavering dedication.


Randy and Mary have crowned Christinis Ristorante Italiano as one of their favorite Italian spots in Orlando, and for good reason. Every dish that graces the table is a masterpiece crafted with reverence for tradition. From the first bite of handcrafted pasta to the last sip of velvety tiramisu, you're transported to the heart of Italy, where food is more than sustenance; it's an expression of love.

Among the offerings, Mary's personal recommendation of the pear-gorgonzola pasta captures the essence of Italian cuisine. The sweet and savory dance of flavors on your palate is reminiscent of the Italian countryside, where simplicity and sophistication intertwine. At Christinis Ristorante Italiano, the celebration of Italy's culinary legacy is as authentic as it is enchanting.


4. Antonio's

A Taste of Italy's Heart and Soul

When it comes to comfort food that warms the heart and delights the senses, Antonio's takes the crown. This restaurant, nestled in Orlando, is a haven for those who yearn for the hearty embrace of Italian cooking. Here, each dish is prepared with passion and care, reflecting the heart and soul of Italy's culinary heritage.

Antonio's is a place where flavors tell a story, where every bite evokes a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. Among their offerings, it's Mary's fervent endorsement of the chicken marsala that captures the spotlight. The tender chicken bathed in a rich marsala sauce is a symphony of taste and texture, a harmonious blend that leaves a lasting impression.

But what truly sets Antonio's apart is its ability to create an atmosphere of comfort and belonging. Every visit feels like a gathering of friends and family, where the clinking of glasses and the laughter of patrons create a symphony of camaraderie. It's this sense of togetherness, combined with the warmth of Italian flavors, that makes Antonio's a treasured destination for both locals and visitors alike.

Our Personal Favorite: The Capital Grille - Mall at Millenia


Where Culinary Craftsmanship Meets Timeless Elegance

Among the plethora of exquisite dining destinations in Orlando, one holds a special place in our hearts: The Capital Grille at the Mall at Millenia. This gem of a restaurant effortlessly combines culinary craftsmanship with an ambiance of timeless elegance.

From the moment you step into The Capital Grille, you're greeted with an air of sophistication that permeates every aspect of your dining experience. The menu is a testament to the culinary expertise of the chefs, showcasing a diverse range of dishes that span from succulent steaks to fresh seafood creations. Each plate is a work of art, meticulously plated and bursting with flavor.

Yet, it's the crème brûlée that has us utterly captivated. The delicate crackle of the caramelized sugar gives way to a velvety custard that simply melts in the mouth. It's a fitting finale to a dining experience that feels nothing short of magical. As you savor the layers of flavor and texture in each spoonful, you'll understand why The Capital Grille has earned its place as our personal favorite.


As you embark on your own journey through the flavors of Magical Dining, may your taste buds be delighted, your senses enraptured, and your memories filled with the enchantment of these remarkable restaurants. We look forward to your comments and shared pictures of these places that we absolutely love! @howmotors.


Until next time,

Mary

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