Pre-quarantine, we were invited to try the locally owned and operated Tornatore’s Café & Pizzeria in College Park, located across from Bishop Moore High School, and we had a lovely time.
Whether you are coming to enjoy one of Tornatore’s authentic Italian pasta dishes or simply stopping in to pick-up some pizza, you will always be greeted with a smile by their friendly staff before savoring their great Italian food. So what exactly is Tornatore’s secret to making great Italian food? Well, to start, everything is made from scratch! Tornatore’s Café & Pizzeria, specializes in house-made pastas and pizzas using fresh, never frozen, ingredients.
When Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine gave Tornatore’s a makeover on Food Network’s ambush episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Irvine helped owner Denny Tornatore develop a new menu filled with delicious signature dishes and stressed the importance of making everything served from scratch and they have done exactly that, which has attributed to their success today.
Garlic Knots (6) – house-made bread knots with garlic parmesan.
Fried Stuffed Squash Blossom – squash, tempura batter, truffle oil, honey, spices, micro greens, and ricotta cheese. This appetizer was a compliment from the chef and it was uniquely pleasant! The soft ricotta inside the squash blossom bulb balanced out its sweet and crispy exterior.
Lobster Ravioli Paradiso – lobster ravioli in a lemon, butter, cream sauce with shrimp, tomatoes & spinach. This was an exceptional dish and the fact that everything is made from scratch at Tornatore’s was very evident here. Every component of the lobster ravioli tasted incredibly fresh.
Prime Rib with House-made Mashed Potatoes & Baby Carrots
I visited on a Tuesday and that was their special of the day. The prime rib was juicy, tender, and marbled with fat. The fluffy mashed potatoes were heavenly. The baby carrots were perfectly boiled.
The Tornatore’s family mission is to create great tasting memories for you and your family with their wonderful food. Be sure to check them out the next time you are in the College Park area – the full menu is available for curbside pickup or delivery.
Tornatore’s Café & Pizzeria
3818 Edgewater Drive Orlando, FL 32804