Life of Pie: Slicing Up Orlando's Best Pizza

Is there a food more divisive than pizza? We wonder.... Find any city's "best" and you'll find one dissenter who knows better. At least. Ranking is almost a no-win prospect, but we'll do it anyway. Orlando has its fair share of Italy and New York transplants who have brought their secrets along with. Case in point, Epcot's Italy Pavilion, where everyone from the gelato vendor to the shop cashiers are imported. If you’re lucky enough to be here when that pizza craving hits, look no further than Via Napoli’s volcano-hot ovens. That said, the City Beautiful is not without its neighborhood joints, among them the native New Yorker-owned Pizzeria Del-Dio. Francesco’s in Maitland has a decidedly more upscale feel (though it’s still casual and cozy), and its primary pizza-slinger hails from Palermo in Sicily. The founder of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza was born and raised in the Empire State, though this Florida-based chain was founded in Fort Lauderdale. It’s since migrated up to the northeast, but Sunshine Staters were the first to fall in love with the crisp, lightly charred crust that is the restaurant’s signature. Out on the city's east side, UCF students and other locals enjoy the ginormous spoils of Lazy Moon. Come for a slice. Stay for some bocce. 

The locals love Brick & Fire – for Chef Mark's welcoming attitude, for 50-cent wing night, for regular wine specials, for Italian entrees, but most of all for the pizza. Like anyplace else, you're welcome to build your own but the house...  Read More

Great pizza, great service and great prices are the trifecta at Pizza Xtreme, a crowd-pleaser for local families with a hankering for a reasonably-priced meal out and a surprise find for visitors looking to eat well on a vacationer's budget. And...  Read More

Epcot ®

Visitors to EPCOT expect, rightfully, to get authentic cuisine in the various international pavilions around the park. Located in "Italy," Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria delivers the sauce for certain, but its thin-crust pizza, which bakes in...  Read More

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is a Florida original, opening its first restaurant in Fort Lauderdale back in 2002. Since then, they've expanded across the state and into Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey and founder Anthony Bruno's...  Read More

As laudable for its location and atmosphere as much as its crisp, oven-fired pies, Armando's makes for a jovial post-work pit-stop for a glass of wine � the No. 1 gateway drug to cheese. Here you can enjoy either in the cozy interior or,...  Read More

East Orlando

When is a slice not a slice? When it's a massive pennant flag of expertly chewy/crispy crust covered in wonderfully melty cheese and the toppings of your choice. That's pretty much was they're serving up at Lazy Moon, much to the delight of the...  Read More

This local favorite, run by a Brooklyn native whose first endeavor served Canarsie for some two decades before heading south to Orlando, Pizzeria Del-Dio serves up Italian specialties – along with what some call the city's best pizza – using...  Read More

Bavaro's made a name for itself over in Tampa before branching out to this cozy Winter Springs location, where word of its phenomenal, super-heated pizza oven spread almost as quickly as they can bake a pie � which is pretty fast when you...  Read More

Francesco's has a decidedly more upscale atmosphere than your average grab-a-slice pizzeria to be sure, but stuffy it isn't. Its broad menu, often accented by wonderful appetizer and entrée special, will not disappoint, and its pizza – gooey,...  Read More

Much in the way that parents dream of an in-Target margarita bar come school-supply shopping season, so, too, have wine enthusiasts fantasized of local shops wherein the bottles they covet might be opened, right there on the spot, and enjoyed...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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