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 is imported via Disney decree 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. Relative newcomers to the city's formidable-and-growing pizza scene include Pizza Bruno, Pizzeria Roberti and The Pie, a Roman-style eatery in walkable College Park.


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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




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


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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




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 entre special, will not disappoint, and its pizza " gooey,...  Read More




Try the octopus! Okay, so it's not the usual lead for a blurb about a local pizza joint, but we're local, so take our word. Chef Bruno's wine-glazed, wood-fired octopus is the stuff even your kids (well, assuming they're adventurous eaters) will...  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




You don't have to have pizza at The Pie. They've got an array of pasta, sandwich choices and even wood-fired wings ready to go. But if you skip it, you'll be missing out. This Edgewater Drive outpost is the only place in town to try Roman-style...  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


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Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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