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Primo by Melissa Kelly

JW Marriott
Orlando Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando FL 32837
407-393-4444

Primo by Melissa Kelly is another one of Orlando's great hotel restaurants. The Primo brand and name may sound familiar, because the Orlando Grande Lakes location is the second one of three locations. Chef Kelly's first restaurant in Rockland Maine, is a world class and critically acclaimed restaurant that is set in a 19th century Victorian style house.

The idea of Primo is a "home-grown" concept that emphasizes the freshest local ingredients to create imaginative and dazzling recipes that are based on contemporary Italian cuisine. Chef Kelly grew up on Long Island, and her earliest cooking lessons took place in her Italian grandmother's kitchen. In fact, she still favors Mediterranean accented foods.


Chef Kelly attended the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York and graduated first in her class. Her post-graduate education took place in some of the top restaurant kitchens in the country with a resume that includes the posh Greenbrier Hotel, West Virginia, Bluebeards Castle, St. Thomas USVI and An American Place in New York.



Continuing to broaden her culinary skills,Chef Kelly moved west to work with Reed Heron of restaurant Lulu and the legendary Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. She is also the 2013 and 1999 James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Northeast. She was also nominated in 1998.



In 2003 Chef Kelly partnered with JW Marriott to open a second Primo at Grande Lakes Orlando, and a third location followed in 2005 at JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Primo is a licensed agreement between JW Marriott, Chef Melissa Kelly and Price Kushner with the help of Mariano Vegel who is the Chef de Cuisine at Primo Orlando.

Primo by Chef Melissa Kelly features Italian flavors using ingredients cultivated from the resort’s on-site Organic Garden. The “home-grown” Primo concept pioneered farm-to-fork dining in Orlando upon opening in 2003.



The robust flavors that guests will experience are produced through classical cooking and preparation methods with strong inspiration from cuisines off the coastal regions of Italy, France and Spain. Primo cuisine features ingredients cultivated from the resort’s on-site Primo Organic Garden as well as the resort’s 7,000-square-foot garden at Whisper Creek Farm. Other ingredients are sourced from Central Florida’s small organic farms.



The Design and Decor of Primo is a Mediterranean setting, with the earthy colors of wood, stone and copper. There is an ambiance of colors as green, gold, amber, and rust offer an elegant, but casual atmosphere through the soft textured wall coverings, carpeting, window treatments, and fabrics. Special details include Venetian light fixtures, a mosaic entry, and an exhibition kitchen that creates a warm, yet sophisticated dining experience.



Here are a few examples of Chef Kelly's master culinary skills that you will find on display at Primo, Orlando Grande Lakes.



Slow Cooked & Grilled Octopus with lima beans, artichokes, calabrian pesto, ‘nduja sausage and smoky potato chips.



Cold Smoked Tuna Tartare with tonatto sauce, confit tomatoes, mint, sesame oil, bottarga, crispbreads.





Farmer Salad primo lettuces, garlicky levain croutons, house cured bacon, soft poached whisper creek farm egg, white balsamic vinaigrette.



Squid Ink Linguini  made with“Frutti Di Mare”calamari, jonah crab, rock shrimp, clams, charred pepper, tasso ham, pimenton crumb.





Sautéed Scaloppine of Pork Saltimbocca in a sage infused mushroom-madeira jus with prosciutto, spinach and roasted garlic mashed potato.



Caramello with a caramel pate choux-caramelized hazelnut gelato and toasted caramel marshmallow.



Primo is open only for dinner 7 days a week from 6 pm to 10 pm.



Prices: Appetizers $14.00 to $18.00
Entrees $30.00 to $53.00
Desserts $10.00 to $11.00



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