Word comes that Peter Rosinola Jr. (pictured above), the owner operator of Palma Maria in Casselberry, has died. A Jan. 4 post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said:
It is with heartfelt sadness that we inform you that our beloved brother, Peter Rosinola Jr., has passed away. We greatly appreciate your sympathies and condolences as our family deals with this great loss. We will be closed for the time being.
The Rosinola Family
Palma Maria is one of the area’s older restaurants and I’d been yearning to revisit for the past year to review it as an Orlando Classic. It was a perennial Critic’s Choice in the Orlando Sentinel’s Foodie Awards when it had a Best Early Bird Dinner category. (remember early bird dinners?). It was, as you can gather from the note above, a family operation and it showed in the service and food quality. One of its more endearing features was that it baked its own bread and each table was given a whole loaf at the beginning of the meal, and if there was any left over the server would bag it up to be taken home.
Condolences to the Rosinolas.
- Jean-Marie Clement, Walt Disney World’s vice president of food and beverage, is being sent to oversee all things food and beverage at Disneyland Paris for the next two years. He said in an email message that he “will be focusing on all F&B support, new products, concepts and F&B sourcing.” No word on who will be sitting in his chair at WDW while he’s away.
- While we’re in the Disney vicinity…Everglazed, the “Florida born and glazed donuts and cold brew” concept, has opened at Disney Springs. I feel compelled to say that the preferred spelling, as stated in the Association of Food Journalists’ “Foodspell bible is doughnuts.
- And while we’re at Disney Springs…Gideon’s Bakehouse, which opened its flagship bakery there last month, has temporarily closed it. A note on GB FB page says, “ Our opening was beyond our expectations, so we are putting on the brakes to deal with behind-the-scenes logistics ahead of the grand opening.” The East End Market unflaghip location remains open.
- The space at 528 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, that had been Maestro Cucina Napoletana (2016) and Antonio’s House of Pizza (2018) is now Grato Italian Grill and Pizzeria, a second location for a Lake Mary business.