Mostly being known as a city in Italy, Prato can also be found in Winter Park, Florida as a new Italian restaurant (124 N. Park Ave). Prato offers its guests a mixture of Italian foods with a new inventive style and Tuscan flair. Located on Park Avenue the restaurant is full of festivity and excitement.
When walking into Prato I was not sure if I was going to enjoy it or not. I felt as though the restaurant was trying a little too hard to match restaurants of NYC, specifically those in the Meat Packing district. However, the food is decent – at best – and, surprisingly, I was pleased.
During my first visit I had the margarita pizza with the campanga, a salad made up of arugula, radicchio, pancetta tesa, almond, and balsamic. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the salad, the pizza had little to be desired.
The myth about a good pizza supposedly comes from the water it was made with; Prato’s pizza tastes like the local water that comes out of the sink or sprinklers, and if you know anything about Orlando water; it’s not all that drinkable. Secondly, the margarita pizza is not a traditional margarita pizza; it is simply a cheese pizza with a couple of basil leaves. There could be more basil and, also, I felt like there was something lacking: a spice of some sort.
On my second trip I had the yellowfin tuna crudo, it was amazing. In fact, I kept thinking about this dish so much that I returned the next evening to order it again.
Along with the decent food is a nice staff who is very attentive. I enjoy the bar tenders; they are extremely friendly. Also, the freshly made sangria is wonderful.
Yes, I do have a few complaints about Prato, but overall it is a decent casual restaurant and addition to Winter Park.
124 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park, Fl 32789