The Palm Restaurant - Orlando
Italian natives Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi founded The Palm Restaurant as an Italian-focused eatery in New York in 1926. But their vision soon changed when diners demanded steak on the menu, which had them in search for the perfect steaks to serve them. They had to make runs to a nearby butcher's shop until they permanently added them to the menu.
They've seamlessly incorporated steaks into a menu that also includes family recipes like veal marsala, linguine and clams sauce, and chicken parmigiana. There's also a number of seafood-forward dishes on the menu: lobster, Atlantic salmon and jumbo lump crab cakes are only a few of the more popular dishes.
The Palm is still family owned, with multiple locations across the country--and globe--including this Orlando offshoot in the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios. The restaurant is designed in classic Palm Restaurant decor, from famous people caricatures on the walls to the white tablecloths and hardwood accents throughout the dining room.
Guests may indulge in half price appetizers at the bar 5-7pm Sunday through Friday. That includes discounts on cornmeal fried oysters, cheeseburgers and calamari fritti.