Where to Dine: Seasonal, fresh ingredients for Italian cuisine at Prato

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Ravioli at Prato (credit: Tiffany Karabaich Pence)

Ravioli at Prato (credit: Tiffany Karabaich Pence)

Prato, Rustic Italian Elevated

by Tiffany Karabaich Pence

Prato may be the little sister restaurant to upscale Luma on Park, but its rustic Italian persona has a flair of its own. Wooden tables and a long bar give it the communal feel of a Sunday family gathering.  On nice days, Prato’s outside patio is ideal for an afternoon lunch with friends or a romantic dinner. Bacchus, the God of Plenty would be envious of the extensive wine and beer list. Fresh, local and seasonal ingredients create robust flavorful dishes that make your mouth water just reading the menu.

Antipasti

Start with a Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, stuffed Nardello peppers or P.E.I. Mussels. Paninis and pizzas are comfort food elevated to gourmet standards with ingredients such as basil-arugula pesto, calabrian sausage, and prosciutto rossa fire-roasted in wood burning ovens.

Choose your pasta portion

Pasta dishes come in half or full portions which allow you to try more than one. The Goat Cheese Ravioli’s mildness is complimented by the nutty goodness of hazelnuts. For a more savory dish, the Farm Egg Tagliatelle of roasted pork shoulder, shiitake mushrooms and a poached egg or the Bolognese Tonnarelli of duck ragu, Barolo and foie gras butter are sure to satisfy. Desserts are classic Italian with Tiramisu and seasonal gelato flavors starting at $6.

The menu changes seasonally, but fresh ingredients transformed with modern culinary techniques are the standard at this local Italian restaurant.

Details

Prato is open from 11:30am- 3pm Wednesday through Sunday for lunch, and 5:30pm-11pm Monday through Saturday and 5:30pm-10pm on Sunday for dinner. Lunch and dinner menus are different. Prato is located at 124 N. Park Avenue in Winter Park just north of Orlando. To make reservations please call 407-262-0050.

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Glorifying all the world has to offer from nature to molecular gastronomy, and recently married to the biggest foodie in the world, Tiffany Karabaich Pence, who lives in central Florida, combines her passion for eating and photography while traveling the globe. Visit www.thegoodtravellife.com for more mouth-watering destinations.