Usually, I don’t enjoy that many restaurants in Kissimmee.  Off on 192, near the Osceola Square Mall is Tarantino’s Italian restaurant.  I’ve driven past it a few times but never really took notice of it.  I decided to go there for dinner.

Upon entering the restaurant, the hostess was quick to seat me.  The typical “elevator music” was playing, a bit too loud.  I ordered the stuffed mushroooms with crab meat.  Yummy!  Mushrooms!  They looked great although I guess I just so happen to be a big fan of garlic, so it was a bit lacking in the garlic department for me.  Sigh.


As I ate my stuffed mushrooms, the server brought out my bread.  I’ve been trying to follow a Paleo-esque diet but it can be very challenging especially being in an Italian restaurant.  Tonight, I shall enjoy my bread and pasta!  The bread was warm and served with a pesto/olive oil dipping sauce.  Mmmm..bread.  Then my salad came out, just a standard side salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.  Sometimes, I forget how much food restaurants give you.

Ah… the main entree.  The “stuffed basa”.  I happen to love seafood.  Actually, I love all food but that’s beside the point.  The stuffed basa entree consists of the fish stuffed with crab meat cooked in a garlic, butter, and white wine sauce.  Ah, finally, the garlic flavor is coming through! The linguine was cooked perfectly.  And a lot of it too, I must say.  Probably about 1.5 to 2 cups of pasta.  I would definitely recommend this dish.

Ah, onto dessert.  I got the creme brulee.  It’s always a fantastic choice although the one I ordered was a bit on the, charred side.  Someone got a little too happy using the blowtorch.  I ate around the burnt sugar, otherwise it was creamy and delicious.  It didn’t have any additional flavors, just the typical goodness.  Random funny story to mention, while I was at this restaurant.  I watched an older female at another table, grab ice from her cup of water with her bare hands. She then places the ice into a cup of wine and then drank the wine from a straw.  I silently shuddered inside for I too once had ice in my red wine.  Reluctantly, I might add as far as for me.  I’ll tell you one thing, ice and red wine do not mix.  BLEH.

If you’re thinking of going to Olive Garden for some odd reason (aside from the Never-ending pasta, which I don’t ever do anyways) then go to Tarantino’s!  You will get much better quality food and service.


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