Homemade Pasta Is the Heart of Sette Orlando

Sette was developed to serve the types of Italian fare one might find on the sidestreet of a hipster Brooklyn neighborhood. You’ll find red sauce here, and it’s good, but Sette is more about lemons and vegetables, olive oil and Parmesan, than it is the parmigiana-type dishes most popular in Central Florida.

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What the Sanford Food Tour Is Like

Let me tell you what the Sanford Food Tour is like. The basics are simple: A guide walks a group of you to a few restaurants in the charming historic downtown area of this small Florida city. You taste a special food and drink at each, maybe more, and learn a little or a lot about the establishment’s back story.

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Where to Eat on Christmas in Orlando 2017

Loads of Orlando restaurants are opening their doors on Christmas Eve and Christmas so you can celebrate without a bit of work. Others will prepare food in advance that you can heat and eat once at home on the big day. Here are our favorites.

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Where to Eat on Thanksgiving in Orlando 2017

Here are five great places to eat on Thanksgiving in Orlando 2017. I'll be sharing this info on Orlando's Fox 35 about 9:45 on Sunday morning, so please tune in.

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Refreshing - Great Food at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

From bar snacks to fine dining, you'll find great food at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

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Purple Cocktails and Chilled Curry-Cauliflower Soup: DoveCote Magical Dining Month 2017

Try the DoveCote Magical Dining Menu 2017 for $35. What a value!

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Asian Street Food in Orlando: Hawkers Crispy Chicken Skin Skewers

Crispy Chicken Skin Skewers, and other culinary adventures from Hawkers new menu.

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Special Valentine Celebrations in Orlando

It'll be that time again soon. The pressure! Here are some of the more special Valentine celebrations in Orlando that have come my way. Check back regularly, as I'll add on newbies.

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Luke's Takes on American Classics

Remember prime rib? Parker house rolls? Key lime pie? Luke's takes on American classics like these In Maitland, Florida, a suburb of Orlando.

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Where to Eat on Christmas and Christmas Eve in Orlando 2016

If Chinese won't due for Christmas and Christmas Eve in Orlando, yet you want to dine out, try one of these restaurants.

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A Look at STK Orlando's Fall Menu

What's behind that multi-level stone facade that is STK Orlando at Disney Springs? Here are highlights of the autumn line-up. You'll notice that most will appeal to lighter eaters not interested in the signature steaks.

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A Manly Meal, an Italian Feast, and Dinner with the Philharmonic -- Have We Got Dining Deals for You

Orlando -- Compensate for the searing summer sun by having truly good food at a lower price than usual. These three so-called Dining Deals offer value at places with great food. I talked about them recently on Orlando's Fox 35 with David Didzunas, executive chef of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, and anchor Lauren Johnson. Here's the clip. David Didzunas, executive chef of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, will join me. Manly Mondays Head west, hearty eaters. The Crooked Spoon, a gastropub in Clermont, will match your appetite with a Manly Mondays basket guaranteed to fill you up. The “Man-Sized Meat Baskets” will be filled with three or four house-smoked meats, such as ribs, wings, and smoked and grilled sausage. The selections will change weekly. Extras like grilled corn, corn bread, fritters or French fries will be in there too, all for $19.

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A Manly Mondays basket

I allow myself no Manly Meals, as I want a Small Waist, but I’d say a Manly Meal plus a doggie bag sounds like a fine idea. 200 Citrus Tower Blvd., Clermont, 352.404.7808, thecrookedspn.com Estate Italiana Peperoncino is a sweet little Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row in the Dr. Phillips neighborhood. It’s offering a three-course dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $30. Here’s the catch: You must mention Rona Recommends to receive this package. You’ll be entitled to an appetizer such as cozze pepate (peppery mussels) or arancini (fried rice balls); a “primo,” which is a small entrée; sorbet or a homemade dessert; and a glass of house red or white wine. The menu changes daily, but your primi choices might be pasta with a Bolognese ragù sauce or pasta alla Norma, made with roasted eggplant and fresh ricotta cheese.

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Fried rice balls

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Pasta Bolognese

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Pasta with eggplant and ricotta

Dellagio, 7988 Via Dellagio Way #108, Orlando, 407.440.2856, peperoncinocucina.com Liberty Weekend Food & Wine Experience The chefs at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport put together gourmet wine-pairing dinners several times a year. This month, they’re having a Liberty theme. The four-course dinner will be served while the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs live. The entire meal is $105 including tax and tip. That’s quite a value for the combo.


Diners sit on the balcony and watch the orchestra below.

The meal will begin with seared Idaho rainbow trout topped with a Zelwood corn creme. Cedar-roasted quail will follow, plated with smoked barbecued cannellini beans and an heirloom tomatoe confit. For the entrée, expect a strip of roasted bison loin with a roasted plum demi-glace and fingerling potatoes, bacon and baby Swiss chard. The meal will end with a warm blueberry and blackberry cobbler topped with ice cream. These summer flavors will be accompanied by Grgich Hills Estate wines paired with each course. Valet parking will be free and a lodging package is available. Saturday, June 28, 2014. 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., Orlando, 407.825.1315, orlandoairport.hyatt.com Eat enthusiastically, Rona www.ronarecommends.com