FMI Restaurant Group has announced the appointment of Dan Kernan as chef of Nick’s Italian Kitchen. Kernan previously was the chef of the short-lived but very good Black Olive in downtown Orlando and was at Vines before that.
I liked Kernan’s food at Black Olive. He did traditional Italian fare but also added some creative touches. FMI’s Eddie Nickell said that Kernan won’t be making a lot of changes to the menu at Nick’s initially.
No changes are really needed right now, either. I like the food at Nick’s very much. In fact, recently I had to provide dinner for a small group and I ordered a full pan of Nick’s terrific lasagna bolognese. It was a huge hit. Other favorites are the fritto misto appetizer of squid, shrimp, zucchini spears and carrots. And eggplant rolatini. And osso buco. And ricotta cheesecake. OK, pretty much everything. Here’s a link to my review of Nick’s Italian Kitchen.
To celebrate Kernan’s joining the Kitchen, Nick’s is offering an SJO Dining deal of $30 worth of food and drink for $15. Click this link to go to the SJO Dining Deals page.
And here’s an interesting twist. Your certificate may be used as partial payment for the April 18 wine dinner hosted by Nicola Biscardo of Verona, Italy, at Nick’s. Tickets for the wine dinner are $55. Contact Nick’s for more information about the dinner.
Nick’s Italian Kitchen is at 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando. The phone number is 407-781-0724.