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F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen Longwood

1000 SR 434
Longwood FL, 32750
(321) 295-7216
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F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen is now open in Longwood, the second location is serving woodfired pizza and classic Italian dishes.

F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen is firing up its famed oven and serving craveable pizza and Italian favorites to the community of Longwood. The eatery’s newest location is now open for lunch and dinner.

The Italian Kitchen was founded in Orlando’s Hourglass District in 2018 and has since grown quickly into an Orlando favorite. This spurred the development of the second location in Longwood, located in the old Bayridge Sushi spot at 1000 W. State Road 434.

“We’re incredibly excited to open the doors on our newest concept,” said Charly Robinson, owner and founder of the F&D family of restaurants. “We’ve been getting inquiries from fans every day as they drive past the location and watch the development, so we know they’re excited, too. We look forward to bringing our passion for great food to a new community in Central Florida.”

F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen is known for serving Neapolitan woodfired pizza and classic Italian dishes, including pasta from Trevi Pasta in College Park. The eatery blends a hip, inviting atmosphere with friendly service and an emphasis on quality, natural ingredients.


In addition to an outstanding menu of favorites, F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen offers daily specials, carryout deals and weekend brunch, as well as an impressive selection of beer and wine and wine-based cocktails. The restaurant also offers vegan options. 


The new location marks the first F&D concept to have a second location. The F&D family of restaurants includes F&D Kitchen and Bar in Lake Mary, which serves a modern twist on American fare, and F&D Cantina in Lake Mary, which serves scratch-made Mexican comfort food.

For more information about F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen in Longwood, visit fdwoodfireditaliankitchen.com, follow them on Facebook and Instagram, or call 321-295-7216.

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Tornatore's Pizzeria


3818 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 292-2248
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Back in 2015, Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine gave Tornatore’s a makeover on the Food Network’s Ambush Episode of Restaurant Impossible.

Sometimes these restaurants will stay open for a bit, then close, because the ownership reverts to their old ways. This is not the case with Tornatore’s Pizzeria, as owner Denny Tornatore and his staff have continued with the changes Chef Irvine recommended and are turning out some pretty darn good Italian eats.

At Tornatore’s, they stress the importance of making everything from scratch, including homemade pastas and even fresh mozzarella by hand.

The menu here is filled with delicious signature dishes like Tortellini Tornatore, Chicken Riggies, Lasagna, Veal Parmesan, and a wide variety of specialty pizzas all made fresh. “Everything from Scratch” is their unique point of difference. 

Of course we had to start with Garlic Knots. These were very large, but nonetheless light and airy with plenty of fresh garlic, oil and a side of marinara for dipping.

The Antipasto Plate was very good, with capicola, salami, prosciutto, roasted red pepper, fresh burrata mozzarella, tomatoes and kalamata olives.

We enjoyed the Fried Calamari that was very tender, lightly breaded and fried golden, served with banana peppers and roasted red peppers.

While waiting for our entrees to arrive, we ordered a slice of cheese pizza. Tornatore’s has quite a reputation for good pizzas, like those you would get in New York, and I can see why. This was a thin and crisp cracker like crust that held up really well and was delicious. Next time we are definitely ordering a whole pie… maybe a Leah’s Pie with Mozzarella, sausage, roasted red pepper, caramelized onion.

Our first entree was the Capellini Primavera with homemade capellini pasta, carrots, broccolini, spinach, onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, peas & cabbage in a garlic and oil sauce. This had great flavors and was very rich, while also not being a too hearty pasta dish.

We also ordered a side of Broccolini & Fresh Garlic sauteed in oil that was a tasty treat along with our pasta dishes.

Admittedly, I was a bit upset to learn they were out of Veal Parmesan, but my back up order of Rigatoni with marinara sauce and an incredibly delicious Italian sausage made me pretty happy.

Stop in to Tornatore’s sometime, you can watch them make pasta the way it’s been done for centuries in the time honored traditional way. They also have plenty of traditional Italain desserts as well. The food here was exceptional, and we loved the quaint small hometown atmosphere.

Tornatore’s is closed on Monday, Tuesday to Thursday they are open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday they are open till 10:00 pm, Saturday from 4:00 pm 10:00 pm, Sunday 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Tornatore's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Brio Tuscan Grille


11401 N.W. 12th Street
Sweetwater, FL 33172
305- 629-8991


I have always been a fan of Brio Tuscan Grille and I have been to both Central Florida locations. Brio is really good at serving up consistent and authentic Italian food in what the restaurant deems as a “polished casual” atmosphere. Recently on one of my many visits to Miami, which is my second home, by the way, I was invited to check out the newest Florida location of Brio Tuscan Grille at the Dolphin Mall, and of course I couldn't resist.

In case you have not been to a Brio yet or are unfamiliar with the brand, Brio is part of Columbus based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 100 restaurants including Bravo Cucina Italiana, Brio Tuscan Grille, and Bon Vie Bistro.

Brio Tuscan Grille serves up authentic northern Italian cuisine with a menu that features oven roasted steaks, chops, seafood, made-to-order pastas, flatbreads and entree salads, similar to what one would find in a ristorante in Tuscany. Brio also offers an ample dessert menu, and a full wine and cocktail list. Brio’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well”, and they strive to bring the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city.

On Sept. 17, Brio Tuscan Grille, opened a location at the newly expanded wing of Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida. The restaurant is the 14th location in Florida, and provides a “taste of Tuscany” to Miami-Dade’s largest retail shopping center.


The beautiful new 7,500 square-foot Miami restaurant offers indoor seating for 226 guests, and al fresco dining for up to 89 on two Italian-style terraces. A private dining area accommodates groups for up to 40 guests.

BRIO’s villa-like interior features details such as antique hardwood cypress flooring, arched colonnades, hand-crafted Italian mosaics, antique doors, hand crafted walls covered in an antique Venetian plaster, Arabescato marble-imported from Italy, and sizable wrought-iron chandeliers.

I love a good calamari, but it’s hard to find somewhere that does it right. The Calamari Fritto Misto at Brio was Perfetto, as in Perfect. The calamari was a crispy golden brown and served with peperoncini, creamy aioli, and a nice pomodoro sauce for dipping.

Bruschetta Quattro is perfect for sharing,or as a whole meal itself. You really can’t go wrong with a sampling of four housemade bruschettas. You get a Tomato Caprese Bruschetta, Sliced Steak Bruschetta, Roasted Red Pepper and Mozzarella Bruschetta and a Chicken Florentine Bruschetta. All of them were very delicious and quite tasty.

The Pasta Fra Diavolo is composed of campanelle pasta, spicy tomato cream sauce, green onions and your choice of chicken or shrimp. The flavors in this pasta dish were intense and flavorful with the perfect amount of spice for the diavolo or devil in you that likes it hot!

My dish of Chicken Milanese featured two generous portions of crispy Romano chicken, herb pasta and fresh Mozzarella in a housemade Pomodoro sauce. The Chicken Milanese is a rather simple and classic dish, but it is filled with exceptional flavor as the chicken cutlets are battered and fried to perfection.

Brio means “lively” or “full of life” and that is certainly what you will find at any Brio Tuscan Grille location. As I said earlier, I really enjoy the Central Florida locations and Brio has proven to be very consistent across the board at every location I have been to. Of course it goes without saying, that in many parts of Miami and the surrounding areas, they have a reputation for being glitzy, glamorous, playful, and very stylish. The Dolphin Mall location certainly lives up to that billing, as it is everything you would expect from Brio, with a touch of Miami spice.

Brio at Dolphin Mall is open seven days a week Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to Midnight.


They also feature a weekend Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Reservations and call-ahead seating will be accepted and walk-ins welcomed. For reservations, please call (305) 629-8991

Brio Tuscan Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Wolfies Pizzamia


1905 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando FL 32804
(407) 237-0921


Adding to that ever growing list of places I always mean to stop by and check out, but for whatever reason never seem to, is Wolfies Pizzamia. That's why I was excited to go to a recent blogger preview event to sample the menu and learn more about Wolfies.

Wolfies Pizzamia is owned by Michael Hennessey,  the same person who owns White Wolf Cafe, hence the name. Michael Hennessey has been in the restaurant business for a long time, but he really got started in the business by way of opening an antiques store.

In 1991 he purchased an old building in the quaint Ivanhoe neighborhood on Orange avenue and opened up the Orange Avenue Antique Mall. It was originally his idea to lease space to sellers of antiques and offer coffee, candy and ice cream to visitors. It did not take long before the antique store started to become more popular for its food than for the antiques found inside.

As the demand for food kept growing, eventually the antique store was a thing of the past and the restaurant was in full force. Of course a name change was in order so Hennessey named his new venture after his white German shepherd, Casper, who reminded him of a white wolf.

Nearly 22 years later White Wolf Cafe is still doing a pretty brisk business and has become a staple of the Ivanhoe and Downtown Orlando communities. In addition to an extravagant Sunday brunch,  the menu is full of salads, sandwiches, steaks, and seafood served up in a unique space that was never designed to be a restaurant. 

In opening Wolfies Pizzamia, Michael Hennessey had a similar idea to open up a restaurant in an unused space that was not really intended to be a restaurant. Just a few doors down from White Wolf Cafe, Wolfies has a very unique and rustic old world charm that is reminiscent of eateries in New York's west village.

Almost everything on the menu including all of the breads, pasta, dough, salumi, and most of the cheeses are made in house and what other ingredients they do use are sourced locally and sustainably when available. Chef AJ Haines even cures all of his meats and cheeses in house, so don't ask for boring old pepperoni on your pizza. All sausages and charcuterie are aged and seasoned in a charcuterie drying cabinet that is on display in the dining room.

We started our tasting adventure with a skewer of Compressed Melon topped with Prosciutto, Fried Basil and Blue Cheese.

A perfect savory and sweet treat to whet our appetites.


Our next dish was a Mini Charcuterie Plate of Bresaola, Filleto, House Cured Provolone with a baguette and a side of pig butter. 

The flavor from the house cured meats and cheese was superb.


Our first pizza was The College Park. It is topped with Bechamel, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Spinach, Heirloom Tomatoes and Mushrooms.



The second pizza we sampled was the Quatro Formagio, topped with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Bleu Cheese, Brie, and Provolone.  




Our third pizza was the Burano that is topped with Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Arugula Salad and Goat Cheese.




The dough on all three pizzas was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of thickness and crispness to support all of the toppings. Everyone really enjoyed them. As I said earlier, don't ask for your basic pizza toppers like pepperoni here at Wolfies. All toppings available are of a gourmet quality and most of the meat choices consist of  Prosciutto, Sopressata, house made meatballs and house made sausage. 

Speaking of house made meatballs, our next dish was the House Made Meatballs with a garlic Crostini. 

These were very robust and full of flavor.




The Pasta Marinara was also a nice treat. 

The pasta is made in house and the accompanying sauce was delicious.


One of the highlights of the evening was the Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket.

It was served with truffle mashed potatoes, Broccolini, Onion Strings and a Red Wine glaze. The meat tasted phenomenal and I have to say  this is a must have dish at Wolfies.  

For dessert we had a Shot Glass Tiramisu with a Melletti Cioccolato Whip that was a Very light and flavorful ending to our evening.



I have to admit that i was really impressed with just about everything at Wolfies Pizzamia. From the fresh breads and house made pastas to the house cured meats and cheeses, Wolfies is a top notch Central Florida eatery that you should not overlook. I personally can not wait to return, and I recommend  you to check them out  soon.


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