It's difficult to get a favorable consensus on a restaurant. Difficult, but not impossible.
Lago Dora Ristorante opened six weeks ago in Tavares and diners' glowing reviews are piling up.
The brick oven and colorful mosaic tables are the focal point of the inviting modern space, but the food steals the show. Their lunch menu features ten fresh dishes all priced at $7.50, including chicken alfredo, spaghetti with perfectly seasoned meatballs, shrimp diavolo and their popular 10" margherita pizza. To accommodate the nearby courthouse employees, the restaurant strives to get lunch guests in and out within forty-five minutes if they need to return to work.
It's no surprise the food is getting such high marks. The owner, Deshaun Scott, was the original chef of Tasso when it received great reviews. Not only is Scott a good chef, but his humble personality and welcoming smile light up the place.
Appetizers include buttered Italian clams ($9.95), wedge salad ($7.95), insalata caprese ($7.95) and red pepper bruschetta ($7.95). Fresh dinner entrees range from chicken picatta ($15.95), shrimp fra diavolo ($16.95) and veal marsala ($18.95) to lobster ravioli ($19.95) and fettuccine al pesto ($14.95).
Lago Dora Ristorante also provides a full bar, plus a little something for the sweet-tooth: crispy canolis and tiramisu martinis.
The restaurant is located at 134 E. Ruby Street in downtown Tavares. It's open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner.
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Above: Deshaun Scott (Right) and crew turning out fresh lunches.