Spoleto – Fresh Casual Italian Cuisine
By Tricia Cable
Winter Park is a hot bed lately for growth, with the decommission of the Mount Vernon Inn and the additional inventory of space for new store fronts along Orlando Avenue in Winter Park. The construction in that area looks to be almost complete and I am eagerly awaiting somewhere different to shop and somewhere new to dine!
One such restaurant opened its third store in Central Florida and has already benefitted from quite the Winter Park welcome. Spoleto, located at 349 N. Orlando Avenue in Winter Park is a new twist on an Italian kitchen combining the speed of fresh casual service with the sophistication of an Italian restaurant and gourmet quality food.
I had the pleasure of meeting Spoleto’s founder, Eduardo Ourivio, during one of my recent visits to their establishment. He created the concept in 1999 and opened his first restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They currently have over 200 locations in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain and with the opening of the Winter Park store, this brings the total of their U.S. locations to three.
Spoleto offers a seasonal menu based on the availability of fresh local produce, nutrient-rich, and organic when possible. With 30 authentic Italian inspired toppings to choose from, everyone has the ability to build their own dish based on what they may be in the mood for at the moment.
Choose from a base of greens, a variety of fresh pastas (including a gluten free option) or a flatbread from their onsite brick fire oven. A more indecisive guest can select from one of their chef-inspired recipes. At Spoleto there are no worries about meeting dietary restrictions or asking for special substitutions, they pride themselves on culinary freedom.
Spoleto offers a clean fresh atmosphere both inside and out to a wide range of guests; whether you are a student stopping by for lunch to take advantage of their student special, a family enjoying dinner on the patio, a group of friends meeting for a bite to eat and a craft beer before a movie, or a girl’s night out that calls for a bottle of wine a couple of their amazing flatbreads, Spoleto literally has something for everyone!
Having personally sampled their Fettuccini a la Carbonara ($9), the Fig, Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese salad ($9), the Giant Meatball ($3.50) and the Nutella Flatbread ($5), I can honestly say that I highly recommend this new restaurant in our community. They offer great tasting, casual Italian food at a very responsible price.
“The environment captures the modern essence of Italian heritage within a contemporary setting that feels fresh,” says Spoleto president John Valasquez. “Our signature piece is the “pandalier” which is a chandelier created using Spoleto pans that form an artistic light in sculptural symmetry above the family seating area. Our guests are understanding this “Culinary Freedom” movement and want to be a part of it. They are loving our hospitality, our wonderful Italian Culinary, and our unique and transparent way of delivering it. It’s a unique experience seldom seen in the Italian restaurant space…Benvenuto!”by