Daytona Beach Shores, just South of Daytona Beach, is located in Florida’s Fun Coast region, on the Central Atlantic coast. One may not expect to find authentic Italian cuisine in Daytona Beach Shores; however, there are several restaurants in the area that offer the food and atmosphere that would make you would think you were in Old World Italy. Here are five of the best Italian restaurants, not in any particular order:
Genovese’s Italian Café
116 Dunlawton Ave.
Genovese’s Italian Café is a casual dining restaurant located at the foot of the Port Orange Causeway, at the southern end of Daytona Beach Shores. Founded in 1981, Genovese’s is a favorite of bikers that visit the area during Bike Week in March and Biketoberfest in October. Genovese’s is decorated with artwork and photos from Italian popular culture. The dining area is laid out with open tables. The restaurant offers eggplant rollatini, manicotti, veal parmigiana, ravioli, subs, and specialty pizzas. A wine selection is available to accompany your meal. The prices are in the Low-Moderate range. The café is open for Lunch and Dinner. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted for payment. Carry out/take away is available.
Aurelia’s Taste of Rome
3218 South Atlantic Ave.
Aurelia’s Taste of Rome is a fine dining restaurant, folded into a little strip mall along Florida Highway A1A. As you enter Aurelia’s, you will find the tables tucked into little nooks, creating an intimate dining experience. The walls are decorated with Aurelia’s own artwork, which is also for sale. The dishes offered at Aurelia’s are all homemade, such as cheese ravioli, pasta Bolognese, cheese manicotti, stuffed shells, beef, veal, and eggplant. Seafood dishes include salmon, grouper, and clam dishes, served with pasta and Italian sauces. A wine selection is available to accompany your meal. Prices are in the High range. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted for payment. The restaurant is open for Dinner only, and is closed on Mondays.
3100 South Atlantic Ave.
Milano is a casual dining restaurant, offering a variety of Italian cuisine for dinner. The restaurant is decorated with arches and mirrors, giving you the feeling you are in Rome. Milano’s is located in the heart of Daytona Beach Shores, and is a favorite destination for families visiting during vacation. Milano’s offers a menu filled with pastas (lasagna, linguini, spaghetti, stuffed shells, ravioli, manicotti, rigatoni), various meat dishes (veal, chicken, pork chops, steak) and seafood dishes (grouper, shrimp, flounder, red snapper, salmon, scallops). Beer and wine are available to accompany your meal. Prices are in the Moderate-High range. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted for payment. Open for Lunch and Dinner.
Porto Fino Ristorante
3124 South Atlantic Ave.
Porto Fino Ristorante is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Daytona Beach Shores, established in 1978. It is a dining favorite of NASCAR drivers and crew teams when they are staying in the area. The menu is full of genuine, old style Italian cuisine, including pastas, pizzas, chicken, veal, and seafood dishes. Vegeterian dishes are also offered, including eggplant and zucchini. A wine selection is available to accompany your meal. Prices are in the Moderate range. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted for payment. Open for Dinner only, and takeout is available.
Vittoria’s Italian Coffee & Pastry Shop
3106 South Atlantic Ave.
Vittoria’s is located in the heart of Daytona Beach Shores, and is unlike the other Italian restaurants listed here. As the name spells out, Vittoria’s is mainly a coffee and pastry shop, but what an extraordinary assortment of pastries! Everything offered is an authentic Italian pastry, including biscotti (different varieties), cannoli, focacce (either spinach or tomato), panini (many varieties), sfogliatelle, and tiramisu. For beverages, one can order regular coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, or hot tea. Open for Breakfast and Lunch, and takeout is available. Prices are in the Low-Moderate range. Cash only.