Tartini Pizzeria & Spaghetteria – the Italian restaurant located in south Orlando is known for their flaming pasta alla ruota, served table-side, covered and mixed with delicious melty cheese on top of a gigantic Grana Padano cheese wheel. You may have seen their viral videos on social media.
But the new owners Oleksandr Nechyporenko and Alvaro Ramirez, who is also the chef, along side his wife Mabel want you to know they serve up more than just delicious flaming cheese wheel pastas – they also have fantastic wood-fired pizzas, and creative and refreshing bruschettas to name a few.
Yes – you can still find traditional favorites like eggplant parmigiana, chicken alfredo, and caprese salad – but you’ll also find dishes inspired by chef Alvaro’s Venezuelan and Italian background.
Their story is the story of America – newly arrived immigrants seeking to find the American dream doing what they can with what they have – Oleksandr from Ukraine and Alvaro and Mabel from Venezuela.
Read on for an interview with Chef Alavaro Ramirez and a sneak peek inside Tartini’s Pizza and Spaghetteria!
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For those who might not know, Tartini’s Co-Owner/Chef Alvaro Ramirez and wife Mabel are a bit of on Instagram as well with their beautifully made videos:
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Interview with Chef Alvaro Ramirez of Tartini
What are some of your favorite memories around food growing up?
Chef Alvaro Ramirez: Definitely cooking with my grandmother and family in our restaurant, back in my country. She taught me the basics when I was a little kid. I grew up living and sharing at the restaurant with her. Since she passed away a few years ago. I feel that we are connected every time I cook or create a recipe.
Tell us about your background – from legal industry to food industry – what made you decide to go into the food world?
Food and cooking is the best way for me to express myself. I love all the freedom and art that is involved in cooking.
As an immigrant to America, what are some of the things you cherish the most living here?
R: I’m very thankful to this country and community for letting me be part of it. I promised myself to always give my best servings and to create delicious food and to show the best part of me to everyone here.
How did you and your partner meet?
R: I met Mabel working in a 5 star hotel kitchen. We had great times and learned a lot about cooking and food together. In those moments, we fell in love together. She’s smart, beautiful and so artistic!
What are your most popular items right now?
R: Our lasagna which is wood-fire baked is one of the most popular items. Same as our seafood risotto that is called “Pearl of the Ocean” and our cartoccio, which is pasta dish cooked inside the oven beautifully served and shaped as a swan.
What are your upcoming plans for the menu?
R: I’ve been planning something great. A little twist in some of the current dishes. A new whole category called “Wood-fired specialties” that will feature new dishes made inside our oven and a couple of new vegetarian options, appetizers and pastas.
What are some new dishes guests will likely see and when will they be available?
I’m very excited about our new smoked salmon bruschetta, served with cream cheese, lemon and cucumber. Our daily fresh eggplant & spinach lasagna and our creamy pesto pasta topped with burrata…
How much cheese is in a Grana Padano cheese wheel? How many wheels do you go through a week?
The wheels are around 40 kilograms each and the aging time is about 16 months. We get a new cheese wheel every week. That’s a lot of cheese!
Hours & Location
Tartini Pizzeria and Spaghetteria
6321 Hansel Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32809
Mondays – CLOSED
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reservations are highly recommended
Parties of 6 people or more MUST have a reservation!