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WHERE: 124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park (between Morse Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue) THE LOWDOWN: If you want to experience the local economy in full swing, arrive at Winter Park's Prato a little before 6 p.m. Request a booth or grab a comfy perch at the bar. By 7 p.m. the house is packed and guests are angling for bar access to dine or wait for a table. The long cavernous room (a former Ann Taylor store) is filled with laughter and conversation. Looking for a quiet dinner? Keep walking. But there is an appealing energy to the lively vibe that suits Prato's menu and rustic charm. THE BACKGROUND: The restaurant's name refers to Tuscany's second-largest city and the hub of the Slow Food movement, making the name a natural for executive chef Brandon McGlamery. As he has with Prato's sister restaurant, Luma on Park, McGlamery is committed to using local produce, responsibly farmed meats and sustainable seafood. CONTACT: 407-262-0050
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