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Tornatore and WolfeFrom left, Denny Tornatore, Jason Wolfe and Eric Freadhoff

Tornatore’s Pizzeria, the College Park Italian restaurant, has hired Jason Wolfe as its chef de cuisine. In a Facebook post announcing the hire, owner Denny Tornatore also said that Eric Freadhoff has been hired as sous chef.

Wolfe had previously been chef de cuisine at Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events and sous chef at K restaurant. He had initially joined the culinary team at Dexter’s New Standard, the relocated and re-versioned Dexter’s of Winter Park, with fellow K alum Ryan McLaughlin prior to its opening but said recently that “it wasn’t a good fit.”

Freadhoff was a former sous chef at the Stubborn Mule in downtown Orlando and line cook at Prato. He also lists a stint with the Pie Car, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’s kitchen wagon.

Tornatore’s, which was previously known as Caffe Positano, was featured in 2015 on the Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible, a reality show that attempts to rescue struggling restaurants. In his Facebook post announcing the new hires, Tornatore also teased the opening on an Italian market next to the restaurant at 3818 Edgewater Drive, Orlando.

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Tasting Table is a partnership project between Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide and WFTV-Channel 9's Inside Central Florida presented by Wild Florida. You can see all of the Tasting Table episodes and other icFlorida videos by downloading the WFTV Now app, available on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire devices. Just search WFTV in your app store.

 In this edition of Tasting Table, Scott visits the Winter Park plant-based restaurant Proper & Wild to sample the food and chat with owner Chelsie Savage. Here's a link to Scott's review of Proper & Wild.

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Hungry Pants interior

I have no idea why it’s called Hungry Pants. It could just as easily have been named Famished Footwear or Starving Sweater.

I also can’t say what it is that makes these particular pants so peckish. That will just have to remain a mystery.

Hungry Pants is the project of Joey Conicella and Alex Marin who were the original owners of the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, one of the early entries in Orlando’s food truck scene. They describe Hungry Pants as offering “a plant-curious menu in a fast-fine setting.”

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It might not look like it but it takes a lot to keep a website like this up and running. Much effort, yes, in term of research, writing and administrative duties, but also money. There are, of course, the costs associated with visiting each restaurant that is written about, and we all know how expensive that can be. But there also software costs and maintenance fees and ongoing payments to the hosting company that ensure the site is always online and can be seen and accessed.

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Old Jailhouse in Sanford has been voted by readers of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide as Best Restaurant Overall in our 2019 Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Old Jailhouse also received this year's Best New Restaurant Foodster.

Coming in second was Bull & Bear, the elegant chophouse at Orlando’s Waldorf Astoria, and Soco in Thornton Park was third.

“Amazing atmosphere and experience along with superb food,” wrote Pablo Juan Cabrera after placing his vote for Old Jailhouse. “Would highly recommend to anyone!”

Margie Chusmir wrote: “Incredible reuse of a historic building. Great attention to detail in both food and decor. Superb service!” Gregory Spalding added, “The atmosphere and decor are great.” And Holly Scheuerle Berger singled out “fabulous Chef Bram, who creates the most delicious food and unique menu items.”

Bull & Bear, which was the winner of the 2018 Best Restaurant Overall Foodster, is “a dining experience you will never forget,” according to Eleanor Elle Davis. Chef Richard Brown oversees the menu of the luxury hotel’s signature restaurant.

“Hands down Soco is the best!” wrote Kevin Waldrip. And Jonathan Skinner said, “Greg Richie Deserves every bit of this!!!”

All three restaurants were reviewed or revisited during 2019. Click the links to read about Old Jailhouse, Bull & Bear and Soco.