Best of ORL 2019 - Food & Drink

Enzo's on the Lake

Enzo's on the Lake

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Cuisine That Caught On

Forty years ago, Enzo Perlini and wife Jo Anne bought an Italian-style villa on Lake Fairy in Longwood and room by room turned it into Enzo’s on the Lake. They used Perlini’s mother’s recipes—a blend of Roman and Neapolitan cuisine—making everything from scratch with the  freshest ingredients. But no one came. 

“We sat in the restaurant alone, crying,” recalls Jo Anne Ross, who still runs the restaurant. 

They decided to invite everyone they knew to try their fare, which led to a rave review from a local television station. 

“They said it was a wonderful place and people started lining up,” Ross says. 

In the decades since, Ross has watched tables grow from newlyweds celebrating their anniversary to the multiple generations that the couple created, all celebrating the original milestone. 

Enzo died in 2006, but Ross says the restaurant never strayed from his original vision. 

“Enzo was from Rome and wanted to make a restaurant in the style of his hometown so if a Roman came here and had dinner, they would feel right at home. We really have not deviated from that since we’ve been open,” Ross says.

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