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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Antonella’s Pizzeria

April 13th, 2016 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review – on today’s menu is Antonella’s Pizzeria. Located in the heart of beautiful Winter Park, Florida is where you will find this family owned and operated New York style pizzeria offering local, fresh, traditional New York style pizza and delicious Italian food. Antonella, Frank, Lenny and the whole family have been graciously serving some of the best Italian food to the central Florida area for many years now. You can dine-in, take-out, have it delivered or catered – whatever you need Anotonella’s Pizzeria has it!

Their hand spun dough is made daily on the premises, along with fresh homemade sauces and entrees cooked to order. The menu offers pizza by the slice, as well as whole pies, pasta, salad, heroes, stromboli and calzones. So, grab a menu and get ready to be treated like family.

Enjoy signature pasta dishes like Penne alla Vodka – with fresh basil in a spicy pink sauce along with favorites like spaghetti carbonara and fettuccine alfredo. Oven baked pasta like Tortellini di Stefano with prosciutto, mozzarella in a creamy meat sauce. Decadent eggplant, chicken and shrimp dishes like Shrimp Limone with artichokes, sun dried tomatoes and lemon in a white wine sauce area also offered to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

Try the New York Style Margarita Pizza with romano cheese, sliced tomatoes, fresh garlic, basil, olive oil and mozzarella. Or try one of their specialty pizzas like the Bianca – with fresh garlic, romano cheese, ricotta and mozzarella, or the Buffalo Chicken – with diced tomatoes, onions, ranch, mozzarella and buffalo sauce. Have something special in mind? Build your own masterpiece with plenty fresh toppings to choose from. Not that hungry? Don’t forget Antonella’s Pizzeria also offers pizza by the slice (and trust me, these slices are huge), a meal all by itself.

Looking for a sandwich? Try Antonella’s Combo a hot, hero with ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and house dressing – an Italian delight. Want something a little lighter? Try Antonella’s Antipasto salad – iceberg-romaine blend with tomatoes, onions, ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, black olives, pepperoncini and roasted red peppers with a house specialty appetizer of garlic knots glazed with garlic, olive oil and romano cheese.

Just when you think you are all finished – don’t forget to try dessert. Delicious Limoncello Cake, Cannoli and the ever popular (at least with me) Tiramisu with Italian lady fingers dipped in coffee, layered between creamy, marscapone cheese and sprinkled with cocoa. The perfect ending to any meal!

Antonella’s Pizzeria has limited seating but you can dine inside or on their patio, pick-up catering for an office party, or have your favorite Italian dishes delivered for any occasion. Antonella’s Pizzeria is located at 360 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, Florida. For delivery and catering – check out their website at www.antonellaspizza.com or give them a call at 407-636-5333. Restaurant hours are: Monday they are closed, Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 10pm, Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 9pm. Antonella’s Pizzeria – stop by and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits RiverGrille On The Tomoka

March 7th, 2016 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review – on today’s menu is RiverGrille on the Tomoka River in beautiful Ormond Beach. Rich with deep historical roots the RiverGrille was designed to replicate a true Floridian destination with all its beauty and abundant wildlife.

Open since 2004, RiverGrille caters to all that is Florida. Southern décor from the stuffed Gators to the mounted fish, rustic charm and weathered embellishments make a unique, stylish and relaxed environment perfect for family gatherings or romantic dinners for two.

This resort like restaurant features two bars – the Still Water Saloon, with its massive glimmering wave bar and Three Toed Pete’s outside bar deck overlooking the water. Both offer up a large collection of beer, wine and your favorite libations – along with local, live entertainment on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Sit outside on RiverGrille’s massive deck area with a patio and covered dining overlooking the historical Tomoka River. Take a walk out to the deck and catch a glimpse of the wildlife – then grab a seat and get ready to enjoy laidback Florida dining at its finest.

Bait the hook and start out with some Cajun gator bites – a fresh Florida treat citrus marinated, Cajun dusted, fried and served with key lime remoulade. Not a fan – calamari, seafood cakes, shrimp, fish dip and plenty of wings are there to satisfy your cravings as well.

RiverGrille’s Seminole Indian cooking lives on using a wood fire grill and hard woods at temperatures over 900 degrees that quickly lock in the natural juices and flavors in their beef and poultry. On the grill you will find offerings of New York strip, top sirloin, rib eye and chicken – top yours off with any number of toppings like lump crap, asparagus and key lime hollandaise and enjoy the taste of tradition.

The RiverGrille’s menu is also full of fresh seafood delights like blackened black grouper with spiced shrimp, mango salsa, hush puppies, pinto bean succotash and cheese grits. Or you can make your own and choose from market fresh fish on the menu like tilapia, Atlantic salmon, black grouper, swordfish or the catch of the day all served with rice and the chef’s choice vegetable.

In the mood for something hand held? The Florida Reuben with blackened fish, provolone cheese, citrus slaw, key lime remoulade on marbled rye is a local favorite. There are plenty of other choices like Memphis Pulled Pork, Mahi Mahi sandwich or tacos, Cheese Steak, Chicken Ciabatta Club and even their famous foot long Tomoka Dog – grilled to perfection with your choice of fixins. The Wild Fire Burgers at River Grille are seasoned and cooked over their wood burning grille and served on a toasted brioche bun with crispy fries . . . a little something for everyone.

Save room for dessert like Reese’s Peanut Butter pie with dark chocolate, peanut butter mousse and Reese’s peanut butter cups – definitely for the peanut butter lover. The dessert menu is ever changing so check back often for Florida favorites like key lime pie.

The RiverGrille is located at 950 US Hwy 1 in Ormond Beach, Florida. It is open for lunch and dinner: Monday – Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 9pm. You can call ahead to check out there specials of the day, to make reservations or to inquire about live entertainment at 386-615-2004 or on their website at www.rivergrille.net. The RiverGrille – stop by and give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine

February 2nd, 2016 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review – on today’s menu is Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine in beautiful downtown Winter Park, Florida. Stop in and enjoy stylish middle-eastern charm, along with an ethnic atmosphere at Central Florida’s premier family-owned authentic Turkish restaurant.

Relax at Bosphorous’ upscale bar and delight in an extensive list of wine, beer and custom cocktails uniquely crafted for appetizers or a full Turkish meal. Pull up a seat outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of Winter Park’s famous Park Avenue.

Take in happy hour with two for-one drinks daily from 4 to 6pm, then grab your friends and family and a meticulously paired bottle of Turkish wine and get ready to experience and exquisitely prepared meal that makes you feel as if you sailed across oceans and landed in Turkey.

The Karisik Meze (or mixed appetizer) is the best way to sample a variety of menu items. It offers a combination of humus, babagnoush (smoked eggplant puree with tahini, Turkish olive oil and yogurt), ezme (tomatoes, peppers, onions, walnuts, dill pickle, jalapenos and lemon juice), sautéed eggplant, tabbuli (Turkish cracked wheat, with tomatoes, red bell peppers, parsley and green onion, topped with Turkish olive oil), tarama (red caviar whipped with olive oil and lemon juice), haydari (yogurt mixed with walnuts, dill and mint) and stuffed grape leaves. Make sure to order the house favorite lavas (or hallow bread) to dip into your plate of appetizers. While this alone could satisfy your hunger, save room – there is plenty more to experience.

For an entrée, the mixed grill is a great option. A combination platter of doner kebab (thinly sliced, vertically broiled lamb), chicken and lamb adana (meat flavored with peppers, seasoned and grilled), chicken and lamb sis (cubes of meat marinated and char-grilled with special seasoning) and chicken and lamb kofte kebobs (meat blended with garlic, special seasoning and char-grilled) – served with yogurt sauce, rice pilaf, pickled red cabbage, carrots, red onion, parsley and the house special dressing. A tasty culinary adventure, that will make you want to come back for more.

Now on to dessert, like traditional Baklava – thin pastry dough filled with pistachios and topped with citrus infused simple syrup. Other house favorites include the Sutlac, creamy rice pudding served chilled and topped with pistachios and the Turkish Pineapple delight, sponge cake layers, pineapple and mouse topped with citrus infused simple syrup and pistachios – any of the choices are a absolute winner!

The food at Bosphorous is made with the freshest ingredients (meat is never frozen), and carefully handcrafted by the Chef Ertane and his team. I’m guessing this is just one of the reasons why Bosphorous continues to ascertain local accolades and awards.

Bosphorous has two locations: 108 South Park Avenue in Winter Park (407-644-8609) and 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in Orlando (407-352-6766). Both locations are open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm and Friday/Saturday from 11am to 11pm. Reservations at both locations are highly recommended as this local favorite tends to fill up quickly – reserve via phone or online at www.bosphorousrestaurant.com.
Borsphorous Turkish Cuisine, stop by and give it a try – you’ll be glad you did.

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits The Osprey Tavern

December 8th, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review – on today’s menu is The Osprey Tavern in beautiful Baldwin Park. A warm and comfortable atmosphere ushers you in to The Osprey Tavern. Elegant and sophisticated nuances are present all over this true tavern style restaurant. It’s eclectic, and beckons you to venture in, sit and relax. Enjoy one of The Osprey Tavern’s uniquely crafted cocktails, a glass of wine their exceptionally chosen wine list or try one of the local or seasonal draft beer choices from around the world.

The beef carpaccio is an excellent beginning – with Tokyo turnips, black garlic, hen of the woods and melba toast, dappled with red cabbage puree. As delicious at it is beautiful. Another popular appetizer is the Octopus pizza – made with confit fingerling potatoes, piquillo pepper and octopus chorizo, an absolute delight. If you are in the mood to share, then the Charcuterie is definitely your answer – an assortment of meats and sauces like nduja (spicy, spreadable pork sausage), chicken rillettes, chorizo verde, duck terrine, saucisson and landjager sausage accompanied with grilled bread and tangy house pickles. The items change often, so it’s always a pleasant surprise to see what they will be serving next – a delicious way to start any meal.

Plate entrees are always made with fresh locally sourced ingredients, like the Florida Black Grouper. Sauteed black grouper in frog song farm radish, fennel, Zellwood corn chowder, fregola sarda and roasted peanut vinaigrette with venus sun ray clams – a fresh and delectable combination of flavors. The Beef Bourguignon – red wine braised short rib, fingerling potatoes, blistered tomato, romaine, royal trumpet mushrooms and grilled bread will certainly satisfy your meat and potato craving. Several other plate options are available, but keep in mind the menu does change quite frequently. They have dinner for two options as well, featuring Whole Roasted Organic Chicken and Bacon Wrapped Yellowtail Snapper.

If you still have room – don’t forget a dessert like the Cookies and Milk for Two. Share the orange-hazelnut, Mexican chocolate, dulcey blondies, cherry-almond biscotti and then wash it down with a glass of almond milk. Or try the German Chocolate dessert – featuring milk chocolate cream, pate a choux, coconut macaroons, toasted pecans and condensed milk ice cream – another spectacular way to end a great meal.

The Osprey Tavern is located at 4899 New Broad Street, Orlando (but it’s actually in what most of us refer to as Baldwin Park). Their hour are as follows: Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 11pm, Sunday Brunch from 10:30 to 2:30pm, Sunday Dinner from5:30pm to 10pm. The Osprey Tavern has an excellent happy hour with discounted drink prices along with a limited menu of favorites like the Scotch Egg and the Brioche Grilled Cheese – check that out Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to 6:30pm. Have a large party? Or would like to make a reservation? Give them a call at 407-960-7700 or make a reservation online at www.ospreytavern.com.

A Stylish atmosphere, classic American fare – it’s all waiting here for you to try at The Osprey Tavern. Stop in and give them a try . . . you’ll be glad you did!

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Restaurant Equipment World (REW) Visits RusTeak

November 2nd, 2015 by REW Blog Team

Welcome to Restaurant Equipment World’s restaurant review. On today’s menu is RusTeak. RusTeak is nestled in the heart of College Park, Florida, a perfect location for a restaurant with such eclectic charm and inviting atmosphere. Purposefully designed and highlighting work from local artisans, RusTeak is the perfect place to enjoy a delectable meal or signature cocktails. RusTeak is owned and operated by Jonathan and Brian, two esteemed graduates of The Culinary Institute of America who have hand crafted a menu filled with sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, steaks and pasta.

The bar offers seasonal handcrafted signature cocktails, like the Hemmingway Daiquiri with rum, grapefruit juice, key lime juice, grapefruit bitters muddled with fresh red grapefruit. RusTeak also offers over 45 different craft beers and 22 wines by the glass. Enjoy Happy Hour Monday through Saturday from 4pm to 7p with $5 Wines by The Glass, $5 Signature Cocktails and $5 Appetizers. So grab a cocktail and enjoy the view in their cozy patio and get ready to enjoy some of the most exciting food around this area.

We started with the Pumpkin Potato Gnocchi with hand rolled gnocchi, gorgonzola and fontina fondue, cherry tomatoes, roasted asparagus and walnut delight, an amazing way to start your meal. Or try the Shrimp Fritters with chopped shrimp, smoked maple bacon, roasted, lightly fried and served with Old Bay aioli and mustard seed sauce – delight for all your senses.

In the mood for a burger, the famous RusTeak Burger boasts an Angus beef patty seasoned with garlic cilantro sauce, beefsteak tomato, provolone cheese, smoke bacon topped with a medium fried egg and crispy potato strings and served on a toasted brioche. Add a side of crisp cilantro fries and your life is now complete. There is a reason why it is a house favorite – it’s amazing!

One of RusTeak’s most popular sandwiches is the Turkado (TURK-A-DOO) with house roasted turkey breast, baby swiss cheese, garlic cilantro sauce, bibb lettuce, beefsteak tomato, topped with sweet potato strings tossed in a white truffle oil and served on sourdough bread and served with your choice of a side like sweet potato tots. A fresh and filling sandwich – you just won’t be able to get enough.

RusTeak also offers several seafood, pasta, chicken and steak dishes as entrees. Come back often as the menu is seasonal and it changes five times (or more) a year to offer the freshest ingredients available. It is not unusual to see wild boar, venison and even rattlesnake as one of the daily specials – so call ahead to see what’s on the menu for the day.

The dessert choices are ever changing as well, but rest assured you are likely to find a house favorite like the warm bread pudding topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and caramel swirls – just the right way to finish an amazing meal.

Birthdays, weddings, office parties – whatever the reason may be, you can celebrate in RusTeak’s dedicated wine room. Completely enclosed, overlooking the entire restaurant, so you can enjoy the restaurant atmosphere and still have an intimate gathering. RusTeak’s wine room carries over 150 wines from around the world, sure to compliment any occasion.

RusTeak has two locations for your convenience: RusTeak at Maguire Crossing, 1568 Maguire Road in Ocoee (407-614-3765), and RusTeak in College Park, 2625 Edgewater Drive in College Park (407-540-1100). Reservations are highly recommended. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 11pm, they are closed on Sunday.

RusTeak – an American restaurant with polished, casual flair. Stop by and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did!

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