IL Pescatore Italian Restaurant

(Il Pescatore exterior.)

Il Pescatore located near the Milk District may be the little gem you didn’t know you needed in your life. In fact, there’s a possibility you may have driven by it a gazillion times and didn’t even notice it’s there. That is, in fact, not the case for us. We’ve been frequenting this charming little family-owned Italian restaurant for years and years. Not only is the food fantastic (some of the best in the Orlando/Central Florida area, actually; more on that later) but the folks who own the joint are some of the friendliest people in town.

Once you’ve found a place to park behind the restaurant and you enter the front door, you’ll find a tiny “foyer” which leads into a quaint main dining area. There’s also additional seating off of this main area.

(Il Pescatore main dining area.)

Now let’s get to the good stuff: The food. Il Pescatore’s dinner menu is quite extensive. Filled with many of the Italian staples one would expect at a restaurant like this–such as chicken marsala, chicken piccata, veal parmigiana, manicotti, and fettuccini alfredo–the amount of dishes featured on the menu can be overwhelming. But we’re confident you can handle it. And we’re here to help, of course. As cliché as it may be, one of our very favorite and go-to dishes is the Pollo al Parmigiana – that’s really just fancy talk for chicken parmigiana. And it is quite tasty. Nothing new or groundbreaking here, the dish is made up of breaded chicken cutlets (the dinner portion comes with two; most often they are cooked perfectly, and not dry at all), baked in marinara sauce topped with lots and lots and lots of mozzarella cheese.

(Pollo al Parmigiana.)

Another one of our favorite dishes is so simplistic but so delicious: Spaghetti with meatballs. C’mon, look at the size of these meatballs:

(Spaghetti with meatballs).

Honorable mention should go to the Bolognese which we usually get with penne pasta (spaghetti and linguini are also options). Mmmm…. Ok – aside from these standards and some of the more traditional items on Il Pescatore’s menu, there are also some interesting additions we are very much interested in checking out on future visits. The appetizers alone are worth checking out.

  • Smelt: Flour battered deep fried seasoned smelt (family of small fish).
  • Funghetti al ‘Aglio: Mushrooms sautéed in olive oil garlic sauce.
  • Vitello e. Gamberri All Pescatore: Veal cutlet and jumbo shrimp breaded and baked in tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese.
  • Vitello alla Pizzaiola: Veal medallions sautéed with green & black olives, pine nuts, capers, garlic, olive oil, in a tomato sauce.
  • Pollo alla Bolognese: Breaded chicken cutlet, topped with prosciutto, provolone cheese,  mushrooms, in a marsala wine sauce.
  • Pescatore Stromboli Special: Pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms.

And those are just to name a few!

Here are a couple of other dishes we found while scouring for some additional photos of Il Pescatore’s cuisine:

This baked ziti looks phenomenal, doesn’t it?

(Photo via @simplyamandalee on Instagram.)


We would also devour this Mahi Mahi Special. How about you?

(Photo via @ilpescatoreorlando on Instagram.)

In addition to Il Pescatore’s dinner menu, they also offer a condensed version for lunch, as well as catering (special event and holiday ideas!).

Location deets:

Il Pescatore
651 Primrose Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

Are you familiar with Il Pescatore? Have you ever dined in or had take out from there? Let us hear all about it!

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