"Our Table"


Lead Staff

Michael Liguori, Joe Liguori, Douglas Maniscalco

Norman Benitez
Executive Chef

Jennifer Mogensen
General Manager 

Joe Locey

OUr story. our ristorante. our table

Imagine an authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Brownwood.  The type of place reminiscent of a neighborhood restaurant that beckons you to experience a taste of Italy.

The restaurant doors open. Your party is greeted with a “buon giorno” by a man behind the counter with a thick accent and a friendliness that is customary in Southern Italy. 

Warmth of familia ambience is created by architecture, layout, and detail in the decor.  As you are seated, your server extends a genuine welcome. The realization occurs that you’ve finally found the true Italian restaurant you’ve been looking for; an authentic Italian restaurant, which, until now, you’ve only heard about from your friends from New England.

Better yet, it is less than a few blocks away from your home in The Villages.  The owner stops by your table at the end of your meal.  You learn Ricciard’s Italian Table is owned and operated by the same family who brought Central Florida Pizzeria Valdiano.  A sigh of relief comes as a smile appears on your face.  “I should have guessed it from the beginning,” you think to yourself. 

Many Italian restaurants offer a predictable experience with typical menus, price, hours, and concept. Ricciardi’s shines because of the family behind the restaurant.  Come join us for a meal to experience the authenticity of our neighborhood Italian restaurant for yourself.

The 3 gentlemen responsible for this project are Orlando locals.  Their experience and reputation in Central Florida speak for themselves. All have opened and operated successful businesses in Orlando starting from the ground up.  Below is a brief introduction.


OUr people


Michael Liguori - Michael (Pops) has over 30 years of professional experience in all areas of the restaurant business, specializing in Pizzerias and Italian cuisine.  From line cook, to manager, to owner, to operations and management consulting, Michael has a wide variety of knowledge and expertise in the food service industry.  Michael has opened, owned, and operated 10 successful Italian restaurants throughout his career, 8 of which are local favorites in Central Florida.

Joe Liguori - Joe, son of Michael, was literally "born and raised" in the restaurant business.  He is a 2nd generation entrepreneur and has been very successful combining his personal experience with his educational background.  Knowledgeable in all areas of the business from back office responsibilities, to management concerns, to food preparation.  Joe's expertise lies in creating, developing, and running a successful food service business. He is the creator of the Ricciardi’s Italian Table, Pizzeria Valdiano and The Hangry Bison. Joe brings with him a Management Degree from UCF and his personal experience of owning and operating multiple restaurants throughout Central Florida.


Douglas Maniscalco - Loyal friend and trusted business partner. Doug is the current Managing Partner of Maniscalco and Allen, CPA located in Lake Mary, FL.  As a UCF Alumnus as well, Doug also has his roots firmly planted in Central Florida.  Doug has been involved with the Liguori family in a professional relationship since 1988.

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