I was concerned when I sat down to a half set table (no forks) with used dirty silverware. As long as we're on criticisms, it was a monday and there were some empty tables and our waiter was often no where to be found. My wife ordered fish, a chef specialty, and it gave her a tummy ache.
Ok, that's the 15% that was bad. It is a beautiful restaurant with great ambiance and delicious food. The Caesar salad is average. The potato that came with the fish was worth the whole price of the meal. Pasta with beef tips was good if a little chewy. Chicken parm was excellent with perfectly al dente pasta. Apparently the lamb is good but my son refused to share, trade or release any of it, even when he was full. Portions are large but prices are steep. 5 apps, 3 meals, 2 desserts & drinks but no alcohol ran $150. The bread is truly amazing. Crunchy and soft. My companions liked the garlic spread. Everyone said I was a fool to look at desserts because they were so full (we brought 2 half meals home) but when carrot cake came I actually only got to eat about 1/3 of it.
The il forno oven not only makes the atmosphere fun but imparts great flavor (at 900 degrees) and the courtyard is stunning. There is valet parking. No reservations for parties smaller than 10 and I suspect they are jammed on weekends. There is very little in the Daytona Beach/east central Florida area that qualifies as really gourmet dining. It seems like they have live entertainment every night.
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