Monday, June 18, 2018

Tornatore's Pizzeria

ODD 30 (Orlando Drink and Draw was held at Tornatore's Pizzeria (3818 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, Florida 32804) The restaurant was participating in “Dine For Paws”, to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Patrons could dine and donate during the all-day fundraiser that invited the community to dine out at Leading Local Restaurants.

When Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine gave Tornatore’s a makeover on the Food Network’s Ambush Episode of Restaurant Impossible, Chef Irvine stressed the importance of making everything served at Tornatore’s from scratch. Not just some things, but everything! Together they developed a new Tornatore’s menu filled with delicious signature dishes, creating the only neighborhood restaurant in College Park with a complete “made from scratch” menu.

I ordered Fettuccine Alfredo and some garlic knots. The six knots were the size of softballs so there was no chance I could eat them alone. I sat at a fairly large table just in case other artists arrived. No one ever did arrive. I sampled the Alfredo as I sketched. It did indeed taste like fresh pasta. I know the difference sine we sometimes roll out own pasta at home.

As i was packing up this sketch someone from the corner table did stop over and say hello. It was Ginger and Annette. They were indeed two artists who were catching up as they ate. Annette showed me a painting she was working on of a dog with one brown eye and one blue eye. it was rather good. I apologized for the small turn out and decided to let them go back to their food and their chance to catch up with each other. I took home the large garlic knots but I don't think I will have the chance to finish them off. Good food and a decent sketch, it was a good afternoon, and part of the proceeds went to a good cause.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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