It’s barely 4 pm and savory smells of bubbling pizza cheeses comingled with tapas-sized plates of eggplant caponata, fennel au gratin or crisp baby artichoke chips layered atop a yogurt mint dip are already wafting across bistro tables that jut out into the center lobby of the Orlando World Center Marriott. The open piazza personality of Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen is as distinct as its menu of classic Italian fare spiced with contemporary twists. We love the “Garden to Glass” method of mixology where fresh herbs pop the flavor profile.
The Lemoncello Martini is invigorating, but the house speciality, Aged Italia, is a scrumptious blend of bourbon, blood orange juice, blackberry syrup and aged balsamic vinegar.
Inside the Orlando Marriott’s newest restaurant, distressed woods of reds and blondes emit an airy, rustic tone artfully blended with urban Edison light fixtures and communal tables. Overhead blackboards describe artisan-cured meats and cheeses and market fresh vegetables. Whet your appetite with house-cured olives and addictive pork roasted almonds, a treat that leaves you guessing what’s next.
“We want to create a casual, laid-back atmosphere where people can hang out, watch people go by and enjoy as little or as much food as they’re in the mood for,” says Executive Chef Anthony Burdo. “Trust our specially trained servers for suggestions on what dishes will best suit your tastes and to make sure the food flows out at a smooth pace.”
Bucatini with red lead, hand-crafted pasta topped with a traditional family “gravy” is heavenly, but golden beets with pistachio and soft goat cheese awes even beet-despisers. Another must is Arborio fritters, cooked Arborio rice formed around double-cream Italian robiola cheese mixed with black garlic and fresh thyme before being lightly breaded, quickly fried and served with an Arrabiata sauce.
Siro seats 199, including private dining for 40.