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Cala Bella

9939 Universal Blvd. Send to Phone
407-996-3663 | Menu
A luxury resort harbors one of Orlando's most sophisticated contemporary Italian enclaves.
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Cala Bella Restaurant Review

: Rosen Shingle Creek is set on 230 acres of lush landscape along its namesake creek, the headwater for the Florida Everglades. Its top restaurant is a slick Italian bistro warmed by live piano music and a convivial bar. Familiar but contemporary pastas, roasted meats and seafood preparations are sent out into the 160-seat dining room or to the long, inviting "presentation cooking" bar ideal for single diners. Nothing comes cheap, but the kitchen has a deft touch with robust and clean-flavored dishes such as roasted eggplant and shrimp with fresh basil, tomato and lemon; orecchiette with seared scallops and lobster butter; and herb-roasted lamb chops with pickled garlic and shallots. Dishes like the Tuscan veal chop, topped with a warm tomato olive vinaigrette, tip the prices into the over-$40 category, but with 445,000-square-feet of meeting space and a David Harman-designed championship golf course, the property is well-suited as an expense-account destination.

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