Great news, Seminole County! The long-awaited second location of F & D Wood-fired Italian Kitchen has opened in Longwood.
The playful contrast between the hip décor and rustic charm of the interior are equally reflected in a menu which boasts nostalgic indulgences with a contemporary touch.
Front and center is the star of the kitchen: a resplendent red-tiled wood-fire oven which bakes unique Neopolitan pizzas like the daring Baby Blue and the sassy Queen Bee.
The classic, Pepperoni Overload ($14), was too much for me to pass-up. This pizza features Italian pepperoni, chili flakes, crushed tomatoes, and yummy mozzarella all on a thin crust with puffed doughy edges, providing you a heavenly mouthful of a true Neopolitan pizza. The smoky flavor delivered by the wood-fire oven pairs beautifully with a wine or beer from their impressive selection of drinks.
A Sangria lover, I ordered both the red and white, all in the name of fairness, naturally. The red, a Blackberry Strawberry Cabernet Sauvinon Sangria ($7) is fruit forward, refreshing, and sweet. The white is a Pear Infused Chardonnay Sangria ($7) made with drunken pears and fresh peaches. Saturday and Sunday, the daily special includes Bottomless Mimosas & Sangria ($12), which makes it an outright challenge to try and find something better to do with your weekend. Go ahead, try.
Black Iron Mussels, PEI (Prince Edward Island) mussels, perfectly steamed with kosher salt, olive oil, and lemon.The Black Iron Mussels ($15), PEI (Prince Edward Island) mussels, perfectly steamed with a hint of kosher salt, olive oil, and lemon is one of the most popular appetizers. This huge portion of mouthwatering mussels is available every Monday for only $10. There are plenty of daily specials to give locals enough reasons to return day after day.
The menu has an absolute focus on fresh, high-quality, local ingredients. Pasta dishes feature locally-owned Trevi Pasta hand-made direct from College Park. Meat connoisseurs will also appreciate succulent meats such as Levoni Porchetta and Beretta Prosciutto di Parma.
Bronzino ($29), this European sea bass made the biggest splash. The perfectly pan-seared flaky white fish may have been the star of the plate, but there was plenty of competition in a bed of white bean cassolette, rapini (my fav), blistered tomatoes, plenty of lemon, fried capers for that touch of salt and for brightness, charred onion agridulce. If they had forgotten my Bronzino, I would have been delightfully halfway through the veggies before realizing the fish was missing! Overall, this dish is an explosion of flavors and a definite new favorite.
The perfect finishing touch was a very generous piece of Tiramisu ($8); both airy and moist.
This new kid on the block is certain to become a local favorite. Like its sister restaurants in Lake Mary, F&D Kitchen & Bar and F&D Cantina, I always look forward to my next visit and so will you.
F & D Woodfired Italian Kitchen
1000 SR 434
Longwood FL 32750
For more information, please visit: https://fdwoodfireditaliankitchen.com/longwood-location-menu/