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Recent Restaurant Reviews and Other Stuff

Written By Scott Joseph On April 11, 2019

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

Coco Cucina

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Is there any other restaurant space in Orlando whose short life has been so fraught with failure as the one mid-block in the Sanctuary condominium building?

It started out, in 2007, as Fifi’s Patisserie, then changed to Sanctuary Diner. Nick’s Italian Kitchen came next, in 2011, and closed in 2013. For three years after Nick’s closed, three concepts were proposed, including a champagne lounge to be called Pagne. None ever opened. Then Gaviota, a fine dining Peruvian restaurant, decided to give it a go in late 2016, and it lasted more than a year.

So we’ve had French, American, Italian and Peruvian in just 12 years.

Now comes Mexican in the form of Coco Cucina, a project from the owners of Oudom Thai, the restaurant next door. (That space has had its own multiple tenants.)

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Chianti’s Pizza and Pasta Longwood

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Chianti’s Pizza and Pasta, the charming trattoria that opened in Sanford in 2012, now has a second location in Longwood. It has taken over the space in the Longwood Village Shopping Center that had previously been Carmela’s of Brooklyn and a Sbarro. So the walls should be sufficiently Italianized by now.

Of the two food genres in its name, Chianti’s seems to be more proficient in the pizza format. 

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 Other Stuff

Best Pizza 2019 Nominees

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Best Pizza Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. 

Listed on the link are the inital nominees. During the nomination phase, you may select up to five restaurants. The top vote getters will advance to the finals. To place a vote, check the box next to the pizzeria’s name then click the VOTE button below the poll.

Nominations will be accepted through April 17. The finalists will be published on April 18. Click Read More to place your vote.

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Chow Hound Report #62

A video roundup of recent restaurant reviews and news and a look ahead from Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide.

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Tasting Table: MX Taco

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Tasting Table is a collaboration between Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide and WFTV-Channel 9/icFlorida. In this episode, chef and owner Ryan Manning of MX Taco presents his menu for Scott’s review. Click Read More to see the video.

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Bullet Point Buffet: Pop in for a pop-up or sip some fantasy scotch

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  • Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events is teaming up with East End Market to offer a “healthy lunch pop-up” on Friday, April 12, to celebrate the popping up of spring. The menu will feature bowl lunches that are regularly priced at $10 to $15 but for the event will be popped down to just five bucks. Sample bowls include vegan quinoa with roasted butternut squash; taco-spiced chicken with sofrito; and low-carb seared mahi mahi over napa cabbage. You can pop in for the lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the market, 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando, but it would be best to pop over to the event’s webpage to preorder your bowl.
  • If brunch is more your thing, you may want to check out the Best Brunch Ever Cooking Class offered by chef Susan Ytterberg on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation House & Culinary Garden. It’s a hands-on class where you’ll learn how to make stuffed French toast, cloud eggs and asparagus frittata, among other things. Cost is $105 per person. Reservations here.

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Easter Dining
We’re keeping a list of restaurants that will be serving Easter brunch, lunch and dinner on April 21. Click this link to go to the Holiday Dining pages.

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