Nestled in Orlando’s stately and famed Restaurant Row is one of Orlando’s most prestigious restaurants. Christini’s Ristorante Italiano is an Orlando staple that has consistently been lauded as one of Orlando’s best fine dining establishments. Serving up the best authentic Italian cuisine Orlando has to offer, Christini’s prides itself on serving up tantalizing Italian fare and exceptional service in a unique and romantic setting that captures the spirit of Italian hospitality. Discover all Christini’s has to offer for your next date night, birthday celebration, or private group function.
A Tradition of Excellence
Christini’s needs no introduction to Orlando locals. Conceived of by restaurateur Chris Christini, Christini’s is one of the most awarded fine dining Italian restaurants Downtown Orlando. Over the years, Christini’s has earned a bevy of coveted awards and accolades, such as the Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award, the Orlando Sentinel Culinary Hall of Fame nomination, and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Restauranteur of the Year.
And more important than awards like these, Christini’s prides itself on the exceptional reviews it receives from its valued guests. In true Italian flare, Christini’s treats each guest like family, which has earned them an excellent reputation across Orlando and the nation. Christini’s has opened its doors and served its authentic Italian cuisine to an impressive list of stars, politicians, and sports figures over the years, but the real charm is found in the way the establishment rolls out the red carpet and makes every guest walking through the doors feel like a celebrity.
For over 45 years, Chris Christini has been perfecting his craft of creating memorable dining experiences that delight his guests. Christini certainly has a vast compendium of recipes, but one of the recipes he knows by heart is the recipe for fine-dining success and creating a welcoming experience for his guests. His recipe is simple: “One restaurant, in one location, serving the highest quality cuisine, the best service and a friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy it.”
Christini has certainly proven his recipe for success works, as throughout the years, he has opened more than 19 restaurants across the world. And luckily, for those living in Orlando, Christini brought his philosophy of high-quality cuisine, exceptional service, and a warm and friendly atmosphere to the area to create an experience like none other in Christini’s, which has called Orlando home for over the past 30+ years.
Authentic Italian Cuisine in a Sumptuous Setting
When guests enter through the door of Christini’s, they are immediately transported to another world. The elegant styling pays tribute to Italian old-world splendor and charm and indulges every sense. Rich wood paneling; opulent Italian paintings and antiques; and deep gold, crimson, and chocolate hues beckon guests to pull up a chair, stay for awhile, and revel in an other-worldly experience. Vibrant greenery punctuates the opulent charm, providing lively visual appeal. The dining room is a sight to behold and creates the perfect space for an anniversary or birthday dinner, an after-work business dinner, or your next private party.
And while you visit, impeccable service is a given at Christini’s and is a cornerstone of the establishment’s stellar reputation. As an added delightfully hospitable and gracious touch, each woman who dines at Christini’s receives a vibrant red rose at the end of her meal.
Dining at Christini’s is like dining with family. You’re always welcome at Christini’s, and the food and company are unforgettable.
An Eye for Authenticity
For over 30 years, Chris Christini and his skilled culinary team have been creating authentic Italian cuisine in Orlando. The mouth-watering menu is full of epicurean delights that dazzle the taste buds, comfort the soul, and delight the most discriminating of palates. Christini’s mission is to careful curate each dish to represent the culinary heritage of Northern Italy where Mr. Christini hails from. Each dish serves as a geographical stopping point along your tasting journey across Northern Italy, and your expert server can help guide you through your journey and recommend wine and food pairings to help you maximize your experience. Attention to detail is never overlooked, and guests can taste an undeniable love for food and for Italy in each dish that makes its way out of Christini’s kitchen. With notable detail paid to authenticity, many of the ingredients Christini’s uses are flown in directly from Mr. Christini’s farms in Italy.
A Mouth-Watering Fine Dining Italian Menu
Mr. Christini and his staff have curated a truly authentic Italian experience that tells Italy’s story through flavorful dishes that delight the senses. Throughout the year, Christini’s features an exceptional menu boasting a variety of sumptuous dishes to warm your soul.
Whet your appetite with any one of Christini’s delectable appetizers, soups, or salads. Classic antipasto staples grace the menu and include lightly fried Calamaretti Fritti, Atlantic baby squid friend and served with a pleasing marinara sauce; rich Mozzarella di Bufala, imported mozzarella cheese served on arugula and finished with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar; and savory Funghi Ripieni, mushroom caps stuffed with sausage, fennel, breadcrumbs, herbs, and Pecorino cheese.
When you crave a soup or salad to begin your meal, Christini’s has an excellent selection of options like their famed classic Pasta e Fagioli soup, or a bright and tart Insalata Capricciosa, with baby greens tossed in a house raspberry vinaigrette and finished with roasted beets and feta cheese. or a traditional Caesar salad, Instala Mista alla Romana.
The pasta selections represent a rich array of classic Italian favorites that are sure to please even the most discriminating of palettes. A parade of Italian classic pastas tantalizes the taste buds, featuring a bright and fresh Spaghetti al Pomodoro, light and creamy Ravioli Aurora stuffed with a four-cheese blend, or the ever-enticing and comforting Gnocchi Bolognese featuring a hearty meat sauce.
For diners looking to indulge in land and sea choices, Christini’s offers a carefully curated selection of meat, chicken, and seafood that represents the varied and storied flavors of Italy. Enjoy a perfectly broiled Filetto al Barolo, a prime filet mignon finished with a Barolo wine sauce. Delight your taste buds with our flavorful and robust Pollo al Marsala, a delicate chicken scaloppini sautéed in Marsala, or savor a mouth-watering Gamberoni alla Scampi, jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic, olive oil, white wine, and lemon.
And before ending your perfect evening dining at Christini’s, revel in an enticing array of desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Rich and creamy Tiramisu, tart and tangy Key Lime Pie, or the ever-popular Italian tradition, Cannoli are excellent choices to help you end the evening on a high note.
Start a New Holiday Tradition with Christini’s Seasonal Menus
While Christini’s offers an exquisite array of Italian favorite any time of the year, holidays are some of the best times to enjoy what the establishment has to offer.
During the fall season, Christini’s presents a sumptuous menu to kick off Festa del Bel Paese, the Festival of the Beautiful Country. Through this specially curated menu, Christini and his staff treat guests to a menu inspired by the Autumn Harvest Hunting Seasons in Italy.
For Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years, Christini’s also presents special holiday menus that capture the spirit of family and friends. There is no better time than the holidays to enjoy all of the delectable culinary delights Christini’s has to offer, creating new family holiday traditions in the meantime.
Orlando’s Finest Dining
Orlando is known for a plethora of dining options ranging from casual and family friendly to some of the country’s most renowned fine dining establishments. Christini’s is one of Orlando’s favorite and most awarded fine dining options and has received national praise thanks to its authentic Italian Cuisine, lovely décor, and exceptional service.
Christini’s is conveniently located near a host of Orlando attractions. Situated in Orlando’s spectacular Restaurant Row, Christini’s is the fine dining crown jewel of Orlando. Christini’s is near International Drive and is easily accessible from Disney and Universal Studios, as well as the Orange County Convention Center. Whether you are an Orlando native, visiting for a convention, or looking to wind down after a busy day at Disney or Universal Studios, Christini’s is an excellent dining choice. The establishment delivers both an elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere dining experience that is guaranteed to wow any guest.
Private Dining at Christini’s
When your event calls for an unappalled dining experience, Christini’s is Orlando’s best option for private dining.
Christini’s can help you create an unforgettable event for your next birthday or anniversary celebration with family and friends or for your next business meeting. The Ivy Room can be reserved for group dining up to 54 guests. For more intimate group dining experiences, Christini’s also has semi-private areas available to help create your perfect event.
Christini’s is a favorite private group dining option because of its high-quality food and exceptional service. It is the only restaurant in the Orlando area that offers parties the option of ordering ala carte off our normal menu.
For large groups of 50-200 guests, Christini’s can also accommodate lunch functions. Though Christini’s is typically closed for lunch, the entire restaurant can be reserved for your private lunch function.
With exceptional customer service ever in mind, Christini’s can also work with you to provide complimentary transportation for dining parties of 10 or more, and arrangements can be made when booking your event.
When your next event demands the best, Christini’s is your best private dining restaurant in Orlando. Make arrangements today to host your event and deliver an experience your guests won’t soon forget.
Experience Christini’s Today
When a restaurant is continually cited by guests as a must-experience Orlando attraction, they are doing something right. When looking for an unrivalled dining experience in Orlando, Christini’s tops that list. With a guest list that includes dignitaries, political figures, and sports and music stars, Christini’s is known for rolling out the red carpet for all guests and providing an unforgettable dining experience. Visit Christini’s today to indulge in the pure culinary opulence that Northern Italy has to offer and to create memories that will last a lifetime.