California-based Neapolitan pizza chain Midici
has been on a nationwide expansion tear. They've already got five locations in Florida (including Kissimmee and Daytona Beach) and now they're arguably the highest-profile food tenant (Subway doesn't count) to sign on with the Maitland City Centre project.
Allen Morris Company
Maitland City Centre
Snagging the respected pizza chain had to have been a relief for the Allen Morris Company, developers of the three-acre project, after the food hall concept headed by DoveCote's Clay Miller backed out in November.
As we said last year, don't let Midici's chain appellation chafe
. They stock some mighty fine equipment: Two handmade wood-burning ovens churn out perfectly blistered pizzas in 90 seconds; the Marra Forni "Vittoria" flywheel slices prosciutto with extreme precision; and the gorgeous Victoria Arduino "Athena" machine pumps out the perfect cup of espresso.
Midici's handmade wood-burning ovens
Unlike other Midici's in the area, the Maitland outpost will offer table service in addition to quick service. "The location warrants a more Park Avenue-esque experience," said a source close to the deal.
The 3,000-square-foot restaurant may offer full liquor in the near future as well.
The Allen Morris Company haven't announced the anchor restaurant set to occupy the 6,700-square-foot space on the corner of Horatio Avenue and 17-92.
Other food tenants that have signed include the aforementioned Subway, Starbucks, Burgerim
and 407 Gelato.
Expect Midici to open in the late-summer.