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Cafe D Antonio Celebration
Café D’Antonio in Celebration is part of a small chain comprising of Antonio’s La Fiamma Ristorante and Antonio’s café and deli both in the Maitland area and Antonio’s at Sand Lake rd as well as the subject of this article. It is a lovely restaurant or a special meal and is slightly more expensive than your average run of the mill chain.
Café D’Antonio is open for both lunch and dinner and at busy times, especially on weekends it is advisable to make a reservation, or at least call ahead to avoid disappointment or a long wait.
There is outdoor dining year round with patio heaters and drop down awnings for when the weather is cooler. Whilst you cannot reserve a table on the patio it is always our preference as it affords a beautiful view across Celebration’s pretty lake and enables you to watch the world go by as you dine.
The menu is typically Italian with all the pasta dishes you would expect to find, my particular favourites being the parpadelle with salmon and the lobster ravioli and a couple of risotto dishes, the risotto ai funghi is particularly delicious, but be warned, it is a large portion!
The meat dishes include the usual steak, veal and chicken Marsala as well as the parmagiana dishes you find in all good Italian restaurants. . Cafe D’Antonio, however, serves specialities of its own and I can highly recommend Filetto di Maiale alle Mele,
Pork tenderloin medallions sautéed with caramelized sliced apples and raisins in a port wine sauce, absolutely delicious.
If you are looking for something lighter, or less adventurous, especially at lunchtime, there are home made pizzas and calzones from the wood burning grill.
Supplementing the regular menu there are daily specials, including, for the wine buffs, suggested wines with a descriptive paragraph to help you make your choice. The wines suggested have been chosen to compliment the specials section of the menu. There is, however, an extensive wine list to suit any dish, palate or indeed any purse! Most wines are served by the bottle or the glass.
Service is excellent as you would expect from a restaurant which prides itself in being slightly superior to that of a regular chain and many of the waiters are indeed Italian. You never have to ask for water and glasses tinkling with ice are kept regularly topped up without having to ask for it, likewise your bread and dipping oils.
A recent meal there for 2 people with soft drinks, appetizers, entrees and coffees but no wine, spirits or desserts came to $75 inclusive of which is excellent value considering the quality of meal and service you receive.
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