“I didn’t think you’d sound so New York!” Antoniella Paradiso exclaimed as we greeted one another on the phone. That was cool. Because until my recent visit to the University Boulevard outpost of Antonella’s Pizzeria (where the I in her name gets dropped), I didn’t think the pizza would be so New York, either. I’d been to their first Winter Park lo...

They call it the Feast of the Seven Fishes, but in chef Kevin Fonzo’s experience, that’s generally in name only. “In most Italian families, I think that’s the bare minimum,” he says, laughing. All joking aside, the feast’s earliest origins lie in Catholic tradition. “Just as Italian Catholics don’t eat meat on Good Friday, they do not eat meat on C...

Attorney Antonietta Brancaccio is the new Italian Honorary Consul in Orlando, Florida, appointed by Consul General Cristiano Musillo with the approval of the Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State. The appointment ceremony took place on December 10, 2021 at 10:00 am at the newly opened Italian design room at the I...

An Italian-style chain restaurant, North Italia, is planning its grand opening for Nov. 3 not far from Universal Orlando. The restaurant is opening up at 7335 W. Sand Lake Road Suite 143 in the Dr. Phillips area, according to a news release.  North Italia has 29 locations across the U.S. This will be the third location in Florida — the first two ar...

“This meatball reminds me of my grandmother’s,” my companion said, smiling down at the vast spread in front of us. Colorful chopped panzanella salad ($8) with bright tomatoes and briny olives and chewy hunks of bread; two lovely pizzas, charred crusts bubbly, laden with thin-sliced meats, bitter arugula, creamy goat cheese and more. There was wine...

The Palo family, which owns the ever-popular Stasio’s Italian Deli (Facebook | Instagram) in the Milk District, has just signed a lease for a new concept in an empty building at 2300 E. Robinson Street [GMap]. As first reported by Jack Witthaus for Orlando Business Journal, the new concept will be called “Alfo’s Pizza Fritta” and will specialize in...

After several opening day delays, it looks like Portillo’s is almost ready to open in Orlando. The Chicago-style restaurant announced Thursday that its new grand opening date is scheduled for June 15 at 10:30 a.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that starts 30 minutes earlier. Fans of Portillo’s have been patiently waiting to indulge in the restaur...

Four months after offering financial assistance to hospitals in his native Bologna, Italy, Spurs guard Marco Belinelli continues to do his part to stop the spread of COVID-19. “It’s really important — wear a mask, clean your hands,” Belinelli stressed in a Zoom conference from the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla. “That’s the most important thing we can...

Former Orlando City midfielder Antonio Nocerino is returning to the club as a member of the development academy staff. Nocerino, who announced his retirement as a player on Thursday, will become the coach for the academy’s under-15 team while also assuming assistant duties for the under-17 squad. Nocerino will arrive during a transition period for...

Legendary Italian rides maker Alberto Zamperla is one of two inductees to the IAAPA Hall of Fame to be announced this week during the show in Orlando. Zamperla is joined by Frederick Langford in the honours, a programme that celebrates significant and lasting contributions to the global attractions industry. Antonio Zamperla has run his family comp...