There are some big changes planned for the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly the Peabody Orlando) beginning with a full redo of Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse. The first thing to go in the renovation is the Italian Steakhouse part. It'll still be called Fiorenzo when it reemerges, probably in March, but the focus will be more on traditional Italian cuisine and less on steaks and chops.
In addition, the restaurant, which has been open only for dinner, will serve breakfast and lunch, as well. The reason, said spokeswoman Katie Satava, is that the popular B-Line Diner fills up quickly during the morning rush hours and guests are currently directed to Urban Tide, which is on the other side of the resort. Fiorenzo is much closer to B-Line, so guests not wanting to wait will have a nearby option.
Renovations have begun already even though Fiorenzo remains open for dinner. Satava said the restaurant will close fully after Nov. 1 with an eye to reopen for dinner only sometime after the first of the year but in advance of the completion.
Cory Crawford will remain onboard as the restaurant's chef de cuisine.
The decor is being brightened up a bit, said Satava, moving away from the steakhouse's "dark and moody" design. In addition, the wall that currently hides the entrance to the restaurant from the main lobby will be removed so that Fiorenzo guests can spill out to the lobby bar.
Fiorenzo is one of the few things that remained when Hyatt Regency Orlando purchased the Peabody Orlando. For many years, however, the restaurant in this space was Capriccio Grill. The Italian Steakhouse designation was tacked on when it was still Capriccio before the name was changed to Fiorenzo.
Other changes are in the wind, so stay tuned.