Update 9/28: The owners have decided to keep the restaurant open.
La Nuova Cucina, the charming Italian restaurant with a Brazilian flair, will close September 26. In a letter to suppliers, restaurant spokeswoman Ana Carvalho cited the health of chef/owner Paulo Baroni, as well as economic issues, as the reason. Baroni suffered a heart attack earlier this summer, which, compounded with existing medical conditions, limited his involvement in the restaurant. Baroni was also dealing with financial troubles in his native Brazil, where he also owns restaurants.
La Nuova Cucina is a participant in the current Orlando Magical Dining Month promotion. Diners should still be able to order from the special menu, as well as the regular menu, through the 26th.
La Nuova Cucina was a welcome addition to Orlando’s Restaurant Row. It was nice to have an intimate, independently owned restaurant among the larger, branded venues. Although it was short-lived, it will be missed.