Hiro Asian Sandwich Bistro opening this week

Published: Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:13 p.m.

The owners of Bento Cafe, Mochi and Sushi Chao are opening Hiro Asian Sandwich Bistro at 3841 Archer Road, the former Pazza Bistro location between Bento and Chipotle.

The bistro is calling Friday its official opening day when it will be ready for the masses but is holding a soft opening earlier in the week to get up to speed.

The menu includes 12 hero sandwiches with an Asian twist such as a prime rib sandwich with wasabi aioli instead of horseradish, a panko-crusted chicken sandwich, a pan-fried chicken breast with spicy mayo, sushi-grade smoked salmon with spicy cream cheese, and a pulled pork sandwich with Asian slaw, pickled daikon and carrots and a side of Asian barbecue sauce. Hiro also will serve salads.

Sandwich prices range from $5.25 to $7.95. Delivery is available through

- Mamma Mia Pizzeria reopened in October under new owners as Mamma Mia NY Pizza, a full-serve, sit-down restaurant, at 490 NE 23rd St.

The new menu includes New York-style pizza, more than 20 specialty pizzas and pizza by the slice, as well as calzones, stromboli, subs, baked dishes, pasta entrees, wings, salads and soups, including Tony's Clam Chowder from Cedar Key.

Lunch specials range in price from $5 to $8.50, while dinner entrees cost $9 to $14. Delivery is available within a two-mile radius.

The owners are brothers Thomas Adamo, who said he moved here after working in catering in New York, and Sean Adamo, who worked locally at Pomodoro Cafe and O Sole Mio and at Sammy's in Ocala.

- Ocean Buffet opened last week at 6795 Newberry Road, the former New Century Buffet location in the Oaks Mall Plaza.

The owner could not be reached for comment.

A sister location in Ocala has 150 buffet choices, including seafood, Chinese food, sushi rolls and American favorites such as filets and roast beef.

- Vegan 2 Go opens at noon Friday in the former Green Mango location at 7625 Newberry Road.

The restaurant is owned by David Tran, who is known for his Loving Hut vegan food booth at the Union Street Farmers Market.

The menu includes rice or noodle combos, including a sesame barbecue skewer using soy protein or “vegan chick'n,” curry rice, spring and summer rolls, sushi, salads, sandwiches and soups, including a pumpkin soup.

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