Swine and Sons

The For Lease sign in front of the building on Fairbanks Avenue that houses Swine & Sons is officially for the space next to the Ravenous Pig offspring.

But I've learned that Swine & Sons, too, is expected to move out of the space sometime next year. The issue, I'm told, is that the sandwich, charcuterie and provisions market has outgrown the small space. It would prefer something that would allow it to continue to function as a dine-in eatery but also allow for an expansion of catering operations. And parking is a problem, though it is located across from Ravenous Pig's parking lot. Swine & Sons opened in April 2015.

No specific location has been chosen, though Baldwin Park and downtown Orlando are being looked at. Specifically, a location within the downtown dining district that would allow a smaller restaurant to offer a full liquor bar is being considered.

But the owners would rather find something closer to turnkey, or at least a space that has previously been a restaurant.

So if you know of any spaces available, you might want to let either the Swine or any of the Sons know about it. Do NOT suggest the recently vacated El Buda space in Church Street Station -- these people are much too smart to consider that a viable location.


Muzzarella pizza

This is good pizza. No, this is very good pizza. Dare I commit to say that this is the best pizza in town? I'll need more research, but it's certainly among the best.

It's Muzzarella Pizza and Italian Kitchen on Lake Underhill Road just past Goldenrod Road on the east side of town.

Muzzarella dining

It's a small storefront operation with an open kitchen at the front where pies are displayed in clear cases, just as you might find in a New York pie shop, and a small dining area down one side of the narrow space.

I had called in an order to pick up, a pizza called Assisis, which had sausage, bacon, meatballs and pepperoni. I suppose it got its name from the saint, who also loved animals, though I don't know if he had them on pizza (though he was Italian, after all). I also ordered a Meatball Sub and a cup of Pasta Fagioli.


Jack Daniels bottle

Our friends down at The Whiskey on Restaurant Row are hosting a Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Line Chefs Table on November 4 at 6 p.m. Not only will you get to sip Jack Daniel’s — five cocktails in all — but you’ll get a chance to meet the Whiskey’s new chef, Chastity Harvey.

Harvey has put together a menu that sounds wonderful, and I can’t wait to try her cuisine. The Whiskey has always surprised with its food. Now it seems the restaurant is really upping its quality.

Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased at this link. And by the way, the Whiskey will be closed all day on Nov. 4 to get ready for that evening’s Chef’s Table.

Here’s the menu that Harvey has planned. You can see the cocktails at the ticket link.


Park Pizza

Tavistock Restaurant Collection will open its third local restaurant in, like the other two, Lake Nona.

Park Pizza & Brewing Company. a 186-seat restaurant, will open in November on Lake Nona Boulevard. According to a press release, PP&BC will be a “gathering place featuring scratch-made pizza from wood-burning ovens, an onsite brewery and indoor-outdoor seating appropriate for families, friends and co-workers to gather and enjoy hand-tossed pizzas and craft beers.”

(Another gathering place. I’m waiting for someone to open a scattering place.)

Park Pizza & Brewing Company will be part of Lake Nona Town Center, which is also home to Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, another Tavistock restaurant. Chef Jason Bergeron will be in charge of both restaurants as well as Canvas Restaurant & Market, which was the first Tavistock brand to open in the area.

One wonders if Tavistock will ever venture into other areas of Orlando and Central Florida with some of its restaurant brands. Not likely, seeing as how the restaurant group’s parent company is a major owner of Lake Nona real estate.

Regardless, it’s nice to see more dining options coming to Lake Nona.Tavistock Restaurant Collection will open its third local restaurant in, like the other two, Lake Nona.


Bembom sign

Bem Bōm's Francisco "Chico" Mendonça is the latest chef to use his popular food truck as a conveyance to a land-bound restaurant. He recently opened a wheelless version of Bem Bōm, which features a Portuguese menu, in a freestanding building in Audubon Park.

The food truck business has proved a bumpy road for many who have tried and failed. Bem Bōm, however, has enjoyed a healthy popularity since 2012 and was once featured on Food Network's "Eat St." Heck, Bem Bōm has lasted longer than that tv show.