Italio Kitchen Winter Park
We want it all when it comes to food. Healthy, quick, and cheap. Italio Kitchen in Winter Park achieves that mission (well, perhaps not necessarily cheap but it’s fairly inexpensive). The most expensive item on the menu is $8.98. There are actually three Italio locations in Florida but only one in the central FL at this time. Italio is like an Italian version of Chipotle Mexican Grill.
The interior is clean and crisp with red, gray and white throughout. You get more of a casual, urban feel here. Outdoor seating is available.
1. Pick your style: pasta, piadina, or salad.
2. Pick your protein: shrimp, steak, chicken, Italian sausage, meatball,
chicken fritte, or veggie (zucchini and baby portabella mushrooms).
3. Select your sauce, pesto or dressing.
(FYI: all of the pestos are nut-free).
4. Select your toppings.
(Lots of fresh toppings here.)
Don’t forget the cheese! MMMM… cheese. I love some shaved Parmesan.
For the pasta, you have two options (traditional or whole wheat thin spaghetti). Piadina is actually an Italian flatbread but at Italio you eat them as a wrap. At first, I couldn’t get into it conceptually. All the pictures I saw had the wraps with pasta in it. Pasta?! That’s like…carb overload! Well, I stopped and thought about it. People eat rice in their burritos, so why not pasta in their piadina? Makes sense.
So the last time I went to Italio, I ordered a salad bowl (once again). My salad consisted of: shrimp, romaine, blended greens, arugula, baby spinach, basil chiffonade, black olives, carrots, chickpeas, cucumbers, eggplant & sun-drired tomato caponata, mushrooms, red onions, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic and parmesan cheese. That was a mouthful! Literally. I had the balsamic dressing on the side and I actually barely used any. The roasted garlic and basil chiffonade gave my salad an extra boost. The staff mixes all the contents together and I recommend getting the dressing on the side.
There’s also other items on the menu as well such as the Italio Sticks, Calamari Misto, and Cannoli Chips.
Italio is good for a quick meal, fully customizable. There’s even online ordering for this location but you’ll still need to go to Italio to pick it up. It’s a healthy option to grab a bite if you happen to be in the area but not a must-try place.
Monday – Sunday 10:45 am – 10:00 pm
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