Prato in Winter Park

By Yasmene Warren

Everybody loves Italian food — especially the authentic kind — and we’re here to make finding your go-to spot a whole lot easier. This weekend, head on over to Winter Park and check out Prato!

Outdoor nighttime dining at Prato

All About Prato

Prato is an Italian restaurant located in Winter Park on North Park Avenue. It strives to celebrate Italy’s rich culinary landscape by blending Italian classics with modern techniques, as stated on its website. In addition to being a restaurant, it also has a long bar in its center, creating the perfect atmosphere for bonding and building community.

Exterior shot of Prato and outdoor diners
Interior of Prato with customers dining at tables and the bar

You can get a taste of the bursting flavors yourself from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour also runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

What’s on the Menu

Italian cuisine is notorious for consisting of a variety of different pastas, meats, soups and more, and luckily for us, Prato is all about variety.

You can order antipasti such as fennel arancini, pretzel-crusted calamari, crescenza crostini, yellowfin tuna crudo and beef carpaccio. Under the forno a legna section, you’ll find delicious shareables such as red wine marinated olives, cedar key clams and Prato meatballs. For soups and salads, you can get broccoli and leek soup, escarole caesar, campagna and asparagus “primavera.”

Bowl of giant meatballs in sauce

Prato Meatballs

Prato also serves pizzas by the pie. You can order a margherita pizza, a fiorentina pizza, a widowmaker pizza, a diavolo pizza, a funghi pizza and a “l’anima” pizza.

As for pasta, try out the black pepper campanelle, bolognese, spinach ravioli, mustard spaghettini “cacio e pepe,” squid ink conchiglie, lamb pansotti and potato gnocchi. Most of the pastas can be ordered in either full or half portions.

Plate of Spinach Ravioli
Plate of Black Pepper Campanelle Bolognese

Spinach Ravioli (left) and Black Pepper Campanelle Bolognese (right)

Under the secondi section, you can order the atlantic swordfish, flat iron steak, duck or veal “milanese,” as well as the roasted broccoli from the contorni section.

As for drinks, you can order all sorts of wines, as well as mixed drinks such as “beets me!,” field day, caballo romano, costa costa, ciao bella, cetriolo and Italian citrus.

Don’t forget to make room for something sweet after the main course. There are also desserts like gelato and sorbetto, brown butter panna cotta and tiramisu.

The Vibes

The dim indoor lighting combined with the floor to ceiling windows help bring about a relaxing and classy vibe to the dining experience. The cozy booths and tables offer a comfortable space for you and your loved ones to grow closer and create lasting memories over sensational foods!

Diners by industrial loft-style window
Diners sitting by plant wall

Even better, Prato has a killer playlist, so you should definitely add this restaurant to your list of awesome dinner spots.


Restaurants are far more enjoyable when their chefs modernize the classic, cultural flavors we know and love and do so successfully. Thankfully, Prato is one of those enjoyable restaurants. If you’re searching for a different, unique kind of Italian cuisine, then your search ends here!

Park Avenue

The Park Avenue District serves as the heart of Winter Park in Orange County. This district is packed full of local shops, restaurants, hotels, art and more and is home to the Rollins campus and museums like the Winter Park History Museum. Park Avenue also frequently holds the Winter Park farmers market where a variety of community members come to showcase their small businesses. It’s the perfect place to both build and become part of a community, so why not look for homes in the area?


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