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Real magic of Orlando's; Out & ABOUT Orlando's Italian restaurant and pizzeria, Grange Moo.

Byline: By SUSAN HAMPSHIRE

ON a cold evening in early January, we set out in search of a little magic.

Yes, we were heading for Orlando's award-winning Italian restaurant and pizzeria at Grange Moor where both the food and the ambience are renowned and where younger visitors are often treated to a little magic courtesy of Orlando himself, a member of Huddersfield Circle of Magic.

We'd heard how good this restaurant was - so decided to go and find out for ourselves and to try the more recently introduced Early Bird menu, served 5pm to 7pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday along with noon to 2pm on Saturdays.

Pulling into the large car park at 6.30pm, we were surprised to see so many cars already parked up. Once inside, we had booked a table, but were again surprised to see so many families, groups of friends, couples etc already eating. Obviously word has spread about the great Early Bird offer.

A warm welcome is guaranteed at Orlando's and we were shown to our table by a very chatty, friendly waiter who perfectly captured the essence of an Italian restaurant.

So to business and the menu! Although Orlando's has an extensive main menu and interesting specials, we turned our attention to the Early Bird which offers two courses for on, the atmosphere was relaxed and vibrant. A fuss was made of the birthday girl and the candles on the cake were, of course, magic candles.

Orlando's is a great place in which to enjoy a special occasion like a birthday or just for a midweek or weekend treat.

Our main courses of Pasta Primavera (pasta with tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil and black olives), Baked Pasta (which seemed to contain a little of everything) and Pepperoni Pizza arrived and all proved great choices. My Pasta Primavera was delicious - but of course I do love olives.

Should we have a pudding? Our chatty waiter suggested we have a look at the menu and Christine and I decided to share a Frozen Lemon Creme Brulee to, as they say in all the best circles, cleanse the palate. That's our excuse and we're sticking to it. Coffees too were ordered and came complete with a generous helping of mini Amaretto biscuits.

The beauty of this restaurant is that it seems to have it all - super food, a great atmosphere, good parking etc.

Although it's not the biggest restaurant in the world, that seems to make it more cosy and inviting.

Although we didn't see any magic, we had a great evening and will definitely be going back for more.

Maybe the real 'magic' of Orlando's is that this is a great little restaurant that offers the best of Italian food, atmosphere and dining for all ages. With an informal bustling casual atmosphere, it is ideal for a meal out for any occasion.

'Our chatty, friendly waiter perfectly captured the essence of an Italian restaurant"

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VENUE Orlando's Restaurant, 5, Wakefield Road, Grange Moor, Huddersfield.

TELEPHONE 01924 840762.

OPEN Monday and Tuesday closed, Wednesday to Friday 5pm to 11pm, Saturday noon to 2pm and 5pm to 11pm, Sunday noon to 10pm.

CHILDREN More than welcome.

DISABLED ACCESS Yes, a ramp and special doorway for wheelchair users.

THE BILL pounds 43.80 including a bottle of house wine.

WOULD YOU GO BACK? Definitely - the sooner the better!

Do you agree with our reviewers' verdicts? Tell us about your eating out experiences. Write to Feedback, Features department, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, PO Box A26, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 2TD or email letters@examiner.co.uk and head your message Feedback

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ITALIAN ATMOSPHERE: A warm welcome is offered on a cold night in Grange Moor! Pictures by AndyCatchpool; ON THE MENU: The atmosphere is relaxed and vibrant at Orlando's
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Date:Jan 18, 2008
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