Lights out, everybody.
On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned. This week, we're on the hunt for spooks in Cassadaga, FL.
L’Aldila restaurant (Italian for “the other side”, pronounced lal-de-la) recently opened its doors within the historic Cassadaga Hotel. While not as blatantly Lovecraftian as The Lovecraft in Oregon, L’Aldila's location is world famous as a hotbed of metaphysical research. The Cassadaga was founded in the late 19th century as a retreat for Spiritualist mediums and that tradition continues to the current day with regular readings and seances performed within its walls.
L’Aldila embraces the unusual traditions of the area to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Split between the main dining room and the more intimate Alchemy Parlour, L’Aldila has something for everyone.
According to Dekker Dreyer, a partner in L’Aldila, "When you first walk in you’ll see that you’re surrounded by homages to the paranormal obsession of the 1920s. [Upon entering] the restaurant, you can type your name on our guest parchment using an authentic 1905 typewriter. On the walls you’ll see early 20th century spirit photography, portraits of Edgar Cayce, references to HP Lovecraft... in our Alchemy Parlour we even have the parts of a Tesla spirit radio and an aura seeing station. Back then everyone was interested in communicating with what lies beyond and L’Aldila puts you back in that time and place."
Featuring a kitchen lead by the award-winning Italian chefs of New Smyrna Beach’s That’s Amore, L’Aldila’s food and wine menus make it a favorite with the locals. So, if you're in the area, or just snowbirding for the season, take some time to visit the other side in true 1920s fashion.
L'Aldila is located at 355 Cassadaga Road in Cassadaga, FL 32706 (about 40 minutes north of Disney World). They are open daily from 11am to 10pm and are available for private parties. Casual attire is welcomed, and no reservations are required.