In 1991, a Serbian and Croatian in the same room
usually meant they were at war with each other. Twenty years
later, they’re in the kitchen together. Owners Mick (from Croatia)
and brother/sister duo Neno and Dragana (both from Serbia),
spice up Orlando with secrets from Yugoslavia that surpass
the memories of the taste of a life once at war.
Romansa Café was initially the brainchild of
Neno and Dragana, but they couldn’t resist Mick’s inclusion
when he started coming around their parts a year or so ago.
Originally a maitre d of Premiere Cruise Lines in the early
90s, Mick had the right experience to partner up with Dragana
and Neno to ensure that only the best of the Yugoslav was brought
over to the Central Florida area for us to all indulge. With
only a couple handfuls of Croatians in the area and thousands
of Serbians, Romansa Café is here to bring the romance of food
to all of us, no matter our ethnic backgrounds.
They claim to have the best Philly Cheesesteak – and when asked WHY they house a Philly Cheesesteak, Mick laughs and exclaims, “It’s all in the spices!” Apparently, the former Yugoslavia prides itself on its spices. They should also pride themselves on their house salad – the Romansa Salad isn’t typical – no lettuce but all delicious vegetables. One must have a taste!
Although they pride themselves on their spices,
whatever seasoning they use on their sautéed vegetables should
NOT be kept secret. The roasted pork medallions were also quite
delicious but the real beauty lay in the Pljeskavica, aka their
stuffed meat patty – ground beef smothered in secret spices
and stuffed with bacon and cheese. Delicious!
Romansa Café also strives to bring a sense of community – housing a distorted array of events every night, from Poker to International Night (with soccer on in the background) and has even housed Bulgaria’s most famed singer for a one night concert.
Go have a sit down with Mick and Neno. You get a good dinner, great company, AND an interesting history lesson all in one sitting.
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