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Consistent Service at Capone’s – Meet Vito: Featured Wise Guy

Guest Service Spotlight

There’s nothin’ like visitin’ a restaurant or some speakeasy knowin’ yous gonna receive consistent service. One of the goals at Capone’s Dinner Show is that each guest receives excellent service each time theys visit. That’s why havin’ a pal like Vito ‘round is so important. Yous sees all the dames, servers and wise guys at my speakeasy are special, but this month’s featured ‘pal’ is Vito. He’s been ‘round awhile and delivers consistent service to all my guests.

Meet Vito - Wise Guy (server) at Capone's Dinner & Show

Our guests ‘fall’ for Vito & his excellent, consistent service.

Vito made his way down from New York several years ago. In fact, over 10 years ago he fell into our gang. He falls alot, but more about that later… Vito is an Italian name that is derived from the Latin word “vita,” meaning “life” or “life-giving” which is very fitting. This family name was passed down to Vito from his uncle. What good Italian family doesn’t have a Vito?!

Vito is full of life and loves meeting new people at our Orlando dinner show. He enjoys servin’ guests and hearin’ ‘bout their stories. Sometimes he’s so engrossed with his guests he forgets where he is! That’s okay most of the time, but when it causes him to fall off the stage, it can be a real problem. Yous see, I’m all ‘bout takin’ care of the family, howevers, I ain’t much for workmans comp! These wise guys jus’ need to stay on stage or off of it. Course, when yous up there and all those pretty dancers are puttin’ on a show, it’s easy to fall for them gals. Yous know what I mean?

Consistent Service at Capone’s

Vito knows many repeat offenders – those folks that return to our joint again and again. Yous knows the ones. They have all the answers and know exactly how to get the best seats (either by making their reservations far in advance or bein’ VIP guests).  They’s even been known to call in their reservations and ask to sit in his section! These repeat offenders also bring their cheap souvenirs and wear ‘em over and over again. They’re some of our most beloved guests!

Other palookas that come to my speakeasy for the first time are thrilled to have Vito as their server ‘cuz they get consistent service which encourages them to visit again. All of my wait staff will keep your drinks filled, table clean and make sure yous don’t go yappin’ your jaw with Detective Marvel. After all, we’re all here to meet with Vito’s favorite “Italian Opera Lovers Society,” right?

How to Meet Vito & Get ‘Free’ Dinner Show Tickets!

If you’d like to meet Vito, or any of my wise guys and gals here at Capone’s Dinner & Show, yous can do so with ‘free’ dinner show tickets. Jus’ make your reservations online. All tickets purchased online are half price – it’s like buying one and getting one free, but better ‘cuz everyone gets discounted dinner show tickets! Come to our speakeasy an’ experience consistent service that Vito an’ the entire gang offer every evening. Your family will love the show and bein’ waited on like a high pillow.

Make Reservations

While you’re a guest at Capone’s Dinner & Show, be sure to meet Vito. He’s here nearly every night of the year and makes the show very lively – very Vito. If he’s on stage, watch out! Or better yet, get front row seats and catch him! So’s what’s keepin’ yous from visitin’? Come see my cabaret show, have dinner and spend some time with Vito’s family.

Best Restaurants in Orlando

When you’re in Orlando delicious eats are always within easy reach. From fast food chains and Disney-inspired dining to celebrity chefs serving up world-class cuisine, there are options to suit every taste and budget. Many visitors and residents are always on the lookout for the best restaurants in Orlando.

cheers to the best restaurants in Orlando

First of all, if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Orlando, check out this guide to the top 10 produced by Top Villas.

Rocco’s Tacos, West Sand Lake Road

This buzzing Mexican restaurant serves up authentic dishes and snacks, plus more than 400 varieties of tequila. Rocco’s Tacos also has an impressive margarita menu with a unique sour mix that’s made onsite. Additionally, the expansive menu includes all the traditional Mexican favorites – tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and burritos. You’ve got to order the guacamole too! It’s prepared tableside and can be customized as spicy as you like. One of the most popular restaurants on Orlando’s Restaurant Row, Rocco’s Tacos also boasts an after-midnight menu of snacks, cocktails and tequila shots.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, West Sand Lake Road

This elegant fine-dining restaurant offers an impressive seafood and steak menu, plus a cocktail lounge playing live jazz every night. Chefs expertly prepare the food and bartenders pour the cocktails with precision. The musical lineup features some of the best local and national artists around. This restaurant is situated near Big Sand Lake and Plaza Venezia. Eddie V’s serves up fresh seafood such as raw oysters and Pacific Ahi Tuna, and steaks hand-cut from the finest, specialty-aged beef available. The venue offers an extensive wine menu curated by the in-house sommelier. You can also enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in the V Lounge during happy hour, or before or after dinner.

Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Furthermore, no list of restaurants in Orlando would be complete without mentioning its most famous Disney dining spot. Victoria & Albert’s is an upmarket restaurant offering haute American cuisine in sophisticated, Victorian-style environs. Two prestigious awards have just been bestowed upon the venue. These awards include the AAA Five Diamond Award (for the 18th time) and the coveted 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. Every night, the restaurant offers a selection of unique dining experiences including the highly sought-after Chef’s Table option. As a result, guests get an exclusive look at their dishes being crafted by executive Chef Scott Hunnel and his culinary team.

The Melting Pot, West Sand Lake Road

This popular fondue restaurant in southwest Orlando’s Dr. Phillips neighborhood has just undergone a major renovation. It now has an extended amount of seating as well as a digital photo booth and a new bar offering custom cocktails and tech charging stations. Creamy cheese fondues are prepared tableside and served with artisan breads and seasonal vegetables for dipping. The menu also features entrees, salads and plenty of chocolate fondue options, including ‘Create Your Own’ melted with Disaronno, Baileys or Grand Marnier. Yummy!

Capone’s, Highway 192

Of course, we feel Capone’s Dinner & Show is one of the best restaurants in Orlando. However, many people don’t think of it as a restaurant due to the entertainment/show factor. If you are looking for something different, be sure to check this “joint” out. Knock three times, give the secret password and enter this kooky gangster-themed dinner show. It is located on the Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando. Capone’s features a 1930s gangland Chicago-themed show plus a delicious Italian/American buffet. Dinner consists of a selection of hot meats, a salad bar, a yummy dessert and unlimited soft and alcoholic drinks. A toe-tapping musical production complete with stand-up comedy will entertain you. The cast offers plenty of audience participation and tongue-in-cheek gangster action. What’s more, if you book online you’ll get 50% off.

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Other Best Restaurants in Orlando include:

AyothayaAlso on West Sand Lake Road. This stylish Thai restaurant boasts a family-friendly atmosphere and an extensive oriental menu featuring classic Thai dishes and house specials.

BravoThis upscale, Italian restaurant is located on Via Dellagio Way. It serves an array of pasta, grilled meats, pizzas and cocktails against a Roman-themed backdrop. Bravo offers meal deals, a takeaway service and low-calorie options.

Manny’s Original ChophouseA lively, family-friendly eatery serving steaks, chops, chicken and salads. Located on US Highway 27, this restaurant offers good food at low prices.

Chatham’s PlaceA cozy, continental restaurant situated just steps from Restaurant Row. Loved by locals and visitors alike, Chatham’s Place serves tasty local produce straight from the chef’s garden.

ColumbiaColumbia in the town of Celebration serves tasty Spanish/Cuban cuisine such as tapas, paella, grilled meats and casseroles. Be sure to visit the onsite gift shop for a selection of souvenirs, drinks and cigars.


Finally, you don’t have to dine out to eat well in Orlando. Stay in a Top Villas vacation home and you can have delicious meals prepared for you by a private chef. Invite some guests over and one of the best restaurants in Orlando could very well be your villa!

Top Villas offers family-friendly accommodation at great prices in all of the best resorts near Disney World. Additionally, the dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

You can check out the full range of Orlando vacation homes here.

 

 

New Restaurants Coming to Universal Orlando CityWalk

Dining out while visiting the Orlando theme parks can have its challenges. What will the kids like? How expensive is it? Is it fast service or relaxing sit-down style? Most parks offer a good mix of cuisines and restaurant styles to fit nearly every family’s needs. Next year at CityWalk, you’re challenge might be eating at all of the restaurants that are offered in which you really want to dine at!

Eight new restaurants are coming to Universal Orlando CityWalk, offering a variety of new cuisine and a few go-to favorites. This marks a historic expansion and is estimated to be ready by June! As for variety, you’ll find plenty. It seems Universal has selected not only the more popular cuisines, but also the best producer of these experiences. Get ready to feast like never before!

Starbucks

Love coffee? Starbucks will remain at CityWalk, but will be moving downstairs. Moving this popular coffee restaurant will allow it to expand to 2,400 sq. ft. It will have outside seating on your way into the theme park.

Cold Stone Creamery

Next to Starbucks will be one of the favorite go-to restaurants when it comes to ice cream. Cold Stone Creamery has become very popular in Florida. This restaurant will certainly be a summer favorite here at CityWalk.

Menchie’s

If you want a little healthier dessert, CityWalk will be offering a Menchie’s next summer. This frozen yogurt is gluten-free and vegan-friendly, yet great tasting and full of quality ingredients. You’ll love the self-serve toppings bar! It will be located close to the movie theater.

Bread Box

If you love sandwiches, you’re sure to love this new concept for restaurants at CityWalk. Hand-crafted sandwiches made with fresh bread will remind you of your favorite street corner deli. All types of sandwiches will be offered, made with quality meats and vegetables. This restaurant will also be located near the cinema.

New Italian restaurant coming to CityWalk Orlando

Pranzo

This Italian restaurant will kick up the experience a notch from the existing Italian restaurant located at CityWalk. While Pranzo may not end up being its name, you will name this experience as a favorite once you watch the culinary team handcraft pasta from scratch. Located in the center of this Orlando attraction, this Italian restaurant will take on classic dishes and be a great sit-down experience.

Red Oven Pizza

If you love pizza half as much as I do, you need to experiencing this restaurant. The Red Oven Pizza Bakery is already open and features a 900-degree stone-lined oven creating pizza perfection. Combine this perfect oven with the highest quality ingredients and you just might have the perfect pizza.

For other existing restaurants already open at this theme park, read our page about Universal Studios Restaurants.

Antojitos

Another favorite cuisine is Mexican food. While there are no shortages of this type of cuisine at nearby Orlando restauants, this CityWalk addition will be unmatched when it comes to authenticity. With 2 kitchens and 2 floors, guest will be twice as likely to love this new restaurant.

Hot Dog Hall of Fame

It is said that every dog has its day, and at this new theme park restaurant, you’ll be able to select your dog from a collection of the best hot dogs from around the country. Since hot dogs just seem to go with baseball, expect a ball park atmosphere, as well as a grand slam hit – a gourmet mustard bar!

The Cowfish

Most of the new restaurants at CityWalk will offer cuisine that we are used to. Many restaurants will be familiar and meet the dining demands of a wide variety of guests. However, none are as unique as this new restaurant concept. Where, oh where, can you find hamburgers and sushi (cow | fish) on the same menu? This new concept is sure to be a hit with guests that want to satisfy a varied palette amongst their family members.

With all of these new restaurants being constructed, there is sure to be a lot of closed off areas. Guests at CityWalk will need to put up with the inconveniences improvements bring. Once they return and have a content meal or treat, they’ll forget anything that might have left a bad taste in their experience.

If you are in the mood for Italian cuisine as well as many American cuisine favorites, and wish to dine in the Kissimmee/Orlando area outside of a theme park, remember Capone’s Dinner & Show offers a delicous buffet sure to please the entire family. Enjoy dining at CityWalk – just remember to save a night for Capone’s. You’ll be glad you did.

Spotlight: Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot

The Coral Reef Restaurant is located at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at Epcot theme park. This Orlando, Florida restaurant is best known for its stunning underwater views of the Caribbean Coral Reef.  Art deco tables and booths face a tank full of 85 species of tropical fish, sharks, rays and sea turtles.  You may even catch scuba divers swimming with them.  Be sure to ask for a table down front for the best view.

Appetizers include crab cakes, creamy lobster soup, and steamed mussels.  Entrees have plenty of seafood options including lobster ravioli, seared Scottish Salmon, and Grilled Mahi Mahi.  However, this is not a ‘seafood’ only restaurant, and non-seafood lovers have their choices of Grilled New York strip Steak, Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Seared Chicken Breast. The kids menu includes cheese pizza, grilled chicken, and grilled fish of the day.  Visit the website for full menu.

As with most of the Disney restaurants, you can make reservations up to 180 days in advance, the restaurant is non-smoking, and the food is pricey.

While at Epcot, be sure to check out the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, running now through May 15th.  Of course, Epcot admission is required to eat at the Coral Reef, so if you are not visiting Epcot, be sure to check out Capone’s Dinner and Show for a fabulous, entertaining evening!

$$$, casual dress, Seafood and American  cuisine, full bar, reservations recommended, call 407-939-3463, lunch and dinner
Location
: Epcot’s Living Seas Pavilion
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32856
Hours:
11:30am – 9pm
Service Type: Full Service
Price Range: entrees from $36 to $59.99

Spotlight: The Funky Monkey & Wine Bar

The Funky Monkey and Wine Bar, $$$, dressy casual,
cuisine sushi and Asian infusion, reservations suggested,
full bar and dinner is served nightly.

Funky Monkey Wine Bar

Try one of Orlando’s hottest dining spots the Funky Monkey. They have two locations – one at Pointe Orlando (International Drive area) and another location in downtown Orlando. I have dined numerous times at the downtown location, and I have not been disappointed on any of my visits.

The International Drive location features a show with your dinner on a regular basis. If female impersonators are appealing to you this is probably one of the best places in Orlando to catch a show and enjoy some delightful cuisine (call for show times and reservations).

Their downtown location has an elegant and yet very comfortable décor that is dimly lit. If you sometimes have issues with reading menus, you will want to be sure and bring your glasses, because on all my visits, I have had to borrow friend’s reading glasses to see the menu. Speaking of the menu, while sushi is a top draw, they also offer some delicious meat and potatoe entrees. If they did not, I would not be a regular, as I am not a fan of sushi. Many of my friends are, and they love their sushi. I, myself, steer more towards tasty comfort food with a unique flair. On my last visit I enjoyed a delicious pork dish with mashed potatoes and veggies.

The service has always been attentive, and the food’s delicious, so if you’re in the mood for something a little different try one of their two locations.

Funky Monkey downtown location is at 912 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, Fl. 32803 call 407-418-9463 and the International Drive locations is at 9101 International Drive Orlando, Fl. 32819 call 407-418-9463 or visit them on the web at www.funkymonkeywine.com

If you’d like to share your experience at the Funky Monkey, please feel free to leave a comment below.