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Magical Dining at Reunion Resort

7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407-662-1000)
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Due to the disruption from the Hurricane, Visit Orlando has extended it's month long food celebration an extra week to October 7th, so now we have more time to hit up some  great spots to eat at great prices.

One such spot is Reunion Resort. Both restaurants on the property, Eleven and Forte are participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month that started August 23rd and is now going on through October 7th with Prix fixe menus available in both for $35.

They have put together a spectacular selection of food with full size portions and amazing flavor, and for $20.00 extra, Forte and Eleven are offering a wine pairing for each course. The selections are sophisticated, and may surprise wine enthusiasts with wines from different regions and grapes.

Reunion Resort is also a recent winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort has earned this prestigious award for the Master Wine List, which contains 94 wines, at its signature restaurant Eleven. The award is given to those restaurants whose wine lists excel in offering interesting selections that complement their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.

The offerings at Eleven are a Filet Mignon Egg Roll, Iceberg Wedge Salad or an incredible Lobster Bisque for appetizer. Entree selections include NY Strip with mashed potatoes, Airline Chicken and Pan Seared Grouper. Dessert is your choice of Vanilla Flan, or Chocolate Cake.

At Forte, the appetizers start with Crispy Calamari, Roasted Italian Sausage or Endive Salad. Entree Choices consist of a Delmonico Cast Iron with gnocchi bolognese, Red Snapper Pappardelle and Shrimp Scampi, or Airline Chicken Saltimbocca. For dessert you have a choice of Tiramisu or a Trio of Miniature Gelato Cones.

I recently had the opportunity to sample a few dishes from both restaurants at the resort, along with the wine pairing. Not only was it delicious and well prepared, but when you think of the food you are going to get here for $35.00, it’s kind of a steal, especially at such a nice resort as Reunion Resort is.

Endive Salad is at Forte with blue cheese, candied walnuts, and mustard dressing, you can pair this with Una, Gruner Veltliner, 2017 from Austria.

The Lobster Bisque was amazing with butter poached lobster, green onion crème fraîche, and you can enjoy this even more with O:TU Merlot Rosé, Awatere Valley, New Zealand served at Eleven for an appetizer.

Airline Chicken Saltimbocca will be a main course option at Forte with a Marsala Sauce and you can pair this with Ceres Composition, Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand.

Prime NY Strip with mashed potatoes, asparagus and peppercorn sauce is available at Eleven with a wonderful peppercorn cream sauce, pair this with a Katherine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, California 2016.

Pan Seared Grouper is also available at Eleven with roasted tomato grits, broccoli slaw, and a citrus cream sauce. This pairs perfectly with Groth, Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley.

Red Snapper Pappardelle and Shrimp Scampi will be offered at Forte with pappardelle pasta in a white wine butter sauce, and is excellently paired with Pazo de Senorans, Alberino, Spain 2016.

Tiramisu is available at Forte, and Vanilla Flan pictured on the right is available as a desseert option at Eleven for Magical Dining Month.

You will not be dissapointed at Reunion Resort with these excellent options for Magical Dining Month, and trust me, the $20.00 extra for the wine pairing is money well spent, with such extensive and amazing wines.

Reunion Resort features 360 resort-style accommodations ranging from luxury multi room villas to private three- to 13-bedroom vacation homes, as well as 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Widely recognized as a top golf destination, Reunion is the only location in the world featuring three signature championship golf courses designed by golfing legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.

Amenities at the resort include seven casual and fine dining venues, including an award winning roof top steakhouse, elegant indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, six hydro-grid clay tennis courts, a full-service boutique spa, 10 community pools, fitness center and a five-acre waterpark. For more information, visit ReunionResort.com, and to book dining reservations visit www.reunionresort.com/dining.

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MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company

720 Centerview Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 201-3824
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MidiCi is one of the newer entrants to the fast casual pizza concept, but if you ever visit any location, you will quickly find out they are aiming for an experience that is worlds away from the competition.

Anyone who walks into any of the fast casual pizza chains in the country like Blaze Pizza, PizzaRev, Pieology, Pie Five and other players in a category that seems to announce new development deals overnight, will see a very distinct difference from what Midici is offering from the moment you walk in the door.

At MidiCi the mission is to bring friends together around pizza because it behaves like a friend, it connects people. It crosses barriers and unites people.

The pizza served here is the Original. Pizza with a capital N. Neapolitan Pizza.
The way Italians invented it over 300 years ago. It is authentic, made with few and fine ingredients, and accessible to everyone.

Staying true to Neapolitan heritage, the dough is made with only four fine ingredients – non-GMO double zero flour imported from Naples, pure water, sea salt and live yeast. The authentic and pure garnishes include – crushed non-GMO Italian peeled tomatoes, fresh whole mozzarella and non-GMO, Italian extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil.

They serve way more than pizza here too, with a great selection of meat and cheese boards, antipasto dishes, salads, desserts, beers, wines and some really good coffee too.

This is fast casual, so you do have to walk up to the counter and place an order, but that is where the fun starts. They have a few classic styles of Neapolitan pizza you can choose from, as well as specialty pizzas, and of course you can make your own pizza with whatever toppings you wish.

Burrata with Melon & Prosciutto is a great antipasto selection to start your meal at Midici. This is served with Burrata, melon, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction drizzle with wood fired Neapolitan bread. All appetizers are served fresh with balsamic reduction and wood-fired Neapolitan bread.

The House Meat & Cheese Plate with Black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), Goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, rosemary ham (cotto), prosciutto, spicy Italian salami (calabrese) is big enough for 2. This is served with Kalamata olives, dried apricots, dates, walnuts and honey.

We really enjoyed The Italian Salad. This is made to share, and it’s full of seasonal greens, Romaine lettuce, Neapolitan salami, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, Kalamata olives, Parmesan, crushed croutons and tossed in a housemade Italian vinaigrette dressing.

The House Cheese Board with Black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), fresh Mozzarella, Goat cheese, Gorgonzola, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pears, dates, walnuts and honey is a very good starter as well, perhaps even better with a glass of wine.

Midici also makes excellent House Made Meatballs that are made with Angus beef and topped with fresh Mozzarella in an Italian marinara sauce with Parmesan and basil.

You can order from a variety of pre-designed pizzas at Midici, but you can also build your own. You simply pick a base, like the Margherita, the Pesto, Truffle, or a Red Marinara then add from a variety of toppings. It’s best not to do more than 3 toppings at once, because it will make your pizza too heavy and not give you that good cracker like crust. 

This is The Margherita Pizza made with Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, basil, extra virgin olive oil. The signature Neapolitan dough is light, thin, soft and chewy, with a high crust. Made from 4 fine ingredients: non-gmo double zero Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt, and yeast.

The Forest Pizza is on the Specialty Menu at Midici and is topped with Italian tomato sauce, fresh Mozzarella, rosemary ham (cotto), mushrooms, black olives, and is finished with with Parmesan, basil and extra virgin olive oil.

For my “custom pizza”, I chose the Margherita base and topped it with Applewood smoked bacon, red onions and sun dried tomatoes. 

The Signature Nutella Calzone is a must have must try item at Midici. This was extravagant and delicious made with a house made dough pocket stuffed with Nutella and served with strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Like the Italians, the folks at Midici believe a meal is about taste, flavors and colors, but it is also, and if not more, about the people, the conversations, the laughter. The best meals always have your friends circled around the table. Because they believe it is moments we remember, not days, not posts, not pictures.

The food here is excellent. The staff even better, and the atmosphere is perfect. Although Midici must call itself fast casual, this brand of pizza is anything but.

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Eleven at Reunion Resort

7593 Gathering Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34747
(407-662-1000)
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Eleven, as you may have guessed is the restaurant located on the eleventh floor of the Reunion Grande, the resort's most luxurious one and two bedroom villas. 

The restaurant is very chic and upscale and features an outdoor rooftop lounge that offers stunning views of the skyline and the nightly fireworks display from Disney's Magic Kingdom.

I've been there a few times in the past and have always had a great experience, but it has been a few years since my last visit. A lot can change in that time, especially in the restaurant business, and this time around it was to welcome an all new Chef.

I recently had the opportunity to meet Chef De Cuisine, Jake Brenchley, at a “Meet the Chef" media dinner to indulge in this modern rooftop steakhouse with a nouvelle feel and see how Chef Jake has elevated the epicurean experience at Eleven with a 
masterfully re-crafted menu. 

The name Eleven is not just a coincidence, but a central focus of the restaurant. The space encompasses the 11th story and rooftop of the Reunion Resort’s Grande tower, and is coupled with the comforts of a modern and progressive atmosphere and accented by farm to table elements.

The menu showcases a bounty of creatively prepared fare with 11 showcased ingredients and a signature 11 spice blend, all served from an exposed kitchen. 

The menu at Eleven is full of handcrafted cocktails and steakhouse favorites that accentuate prime cuts of beef with rubs, sauces, and other enhancements available to add to your selection. This is certainly a modern steakhouse with a new cuisine feel.

The ambiance and decor here is pretty hard to match, and you cant beat the location. The open air veranda and nightly fireworks accent the sights and sounds of the open kitchen. 


Although there is plenty of space to dine inside and outside at Eleven, the dynamic wine list and signature cocktail menu along with expanded by the glass selections can be enjoyed at the bar as well.


All good meals start with good bread, and the Parker House rolls served in a cast iron skillet with rosemary lavender butter are a great way to whet your appetite in anticipation for your steak. These are highly addictive, so be sure to leave some room for the rest of your meal.


Wagyu Beef Carpaccio is a great appetizer to share at the table, or eat it all by yourself. This is served with Baby Fennel, Foie Grois Cream and Gooseberry.

If you are not in the mood for a steak, Eleven also features Salmon, Sea Bass, and this wonderful roasted Halibut with lobster, almond milk, English peas, ramp pesto, and preserved lemon. This was served with Pinot Grigio.


The 1855 Ribeye is dry aged 21 days and was cooked to perfection. This cut of meat was tender, juicy and succulent and was highlighted by the flavor blend of the 11 spice blend of green peppercorns, pink peppercorns, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, garlic powder, chili powder, star anise, fennel seed, sumac and smoked paprika.


The steak was accompanied by Creamed Corn with grilled scallions and bacon fat. Other accompaniments we enjoyed were the Roasted Potato Gratin with yukon and sweet potatoes and the Pancetta Roasted Brussel Sprouts.


The dessert portion of the evening was something simple with a twist. The Preserved Raspberry Crumble with whipped brie gelato, rose petal sugar and mint spun sugar may appear to be something your grandmother would whip up, but the complexity of ingredients made this an interesting ending to our night.


Reunion resort is a spectacular place to visit, even if it's just for dinner. As mentioned earlier, at around 9:00 pm or so, if you are at Eleven restaurant, you do not want to miss the wonderful fireworks display from the neighboring Magic Kingdom.

Reunion Resort features 360 resort accommodations including luxury condominiums, private villas and vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of lush landscape as well as a nature preserve. It is the only location in the United States with golf courses designed by the golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.

The resort also features elegantly appointed meeting space, a full service boutique spa, multiple pools, slides, water playgrounds and a 1,000 foot lazy river… and oh by the way, there is even a rooftop pool outside on the 11th floor, just outside of the restaurant.


Eleven Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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