Even though it shortened its name, it is still Italian and you can still get a good steak.
But Italian steakhouse didn’t fit the restaurant’s new designation as an all-day restaurant. And there is a preconceived notion of what a steakhouse looks like.
And before the renovation, Fiorenzo lived up to that stereotype: it was dark and moody.
That has changed. The space has been brightened and opened up, including at the entrance, which used to be behind a wall hidden from the lobby but now is fully visible with a lobby bar. George Wong Design did the renovation.
Have you noticed that there are a lot of microbreweries popping up lately? Just in the downtown area there’s Orlando Brewing, which is sort of the granddaddy of local beer makers at this point, newcomer Rockpit Brewing in Sodo, Ocean Sun Brewing on Curry Ford West, where Hourglass Brewing will soon open, Ten10 Brewing Company in Mills 50, and downtown’s Orange County Brewers, which can’t seem to hold on to a partner food provider.
Now comes Sideward Brewing to the Milk District, taking over the backend of the building at the corner of Bumby Avenue and Robinson Street that also holds Stasio’s Italian Deli & Market. Sideward is not the biggest local brewer when compared with some of the others mentioned above. But it has two things the others don’t.
One is a license to produce cider on the property as well as beer. (Cider production requires a winemaking license, for some reason.)
The other thing Sideward has to its advantage is some pretty good food to go along with the beers.
Z Asian Vietnamese Kitchen at 1830 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando is in soft opening. I don’t know what that means anymore.
Super Rico Columbian Bistro in downtown Orlando is in a soft closing. The owners posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that they are closed for “construction and remodeling.” That’s usually code for a hard opening, but this one looks legit — a reopening is promised for sometime in May. No word on whether that will be soft or hard.