Upon arriving in Orlando we made our way to a neighborhood called Winter Park, far beyond the land of chain restaurants that dominate the parks area. In that neighborhood is an Italian place called Pannullo’s. Like many Italian places, the menu was sizable, including pizzas, pastas and even grill foods like steak and burgers.
We started with a bit of bread and olive oil. The olive oil was full of garlic, which made it even more delicious than it would have been with the great bread itself. As for my main course, I struggled with what to choose and almost read through three options to the waitress before she stopped me at the first. It was the Chicken Coppertino and she told me it was the best thing on the menu.
On the menu, it was called chicken stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella and provolone wrapped in prosciutto and topped with marinara. It turned out to be less stuffed than topped with all of those things, but it was still quite tasty. The chicken was quite tender and the blend of cheeses were great. The prosciutto added a nice touch and the marinara, while nice and flavorful, was a bit more viscous than I would have preferred. It also came with a bit of pasta, but I had no desire for that after all the bread I ate.
Pannullo’s was a nice introduction to food in Orlando. It might not be considered a hotbed of culture, but at least it started off with something good to eat.