Voted best pizza in town by the Orlando Sentinel for seven years in a row, Pizzeria Valdiano unleashes a welcome avalanche of dough, cheese, tomato paste, and freestyle-snowboarding cherry peppers upon the burgundy-boothed slopes of the restaurant’s interior. The pie-centric menu democratically offers a motorcade of non-pie starters such as fried mozzarella ($4.95) and garlic-bread parmigiana ($3.75) to take down those who lack the drive to take a piece of the cheesy disc. Try an artichoke-hearty pizza Fiorentina ($9.50 for 10", $16.95 for 16"), a peppery pizza piccante ($9.50/$16.95), or a pizza stella ($10.95/$17.95) with melted mozzarella, eggplant, and feta cheese.
Winners of Polk County News Chief's 2007 People's Choice award, Auburndale Pizza Company’s pie flingers toss together eclectic specialty-pizza combinations from a choice of four sauce bases and more than 20 meat and vegetable toppings. Sweet barbecue sauce swathes beef and bacon, welded by mozzarella and cheddar cheese in the BBQ Pizza Feast ($5.75 per slice for all specialty pizzas). Annette's Favorite Veggie binds garden denizens including green pepper, spinach, and tomato with enough ricotta and mozzarella to ensure the veggies don't grow up, run away, and join the salad. Customers tap into alchemical aspirations with a personally designed make-your-own pizza ($10.55+, $1.50 per topping), or boycott bread with Annette's No-Crust Pizza ($5.75 for up to 5 toppings), a 7-inch tin-baked amalgamation that forgoes dough for sauce and toppings lashed together with mozzarella latticework.
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After nearly 20 years spent working on the docks with his five younger brothers, Greek immigrant William Fotopoulos opened the first ABC Pizza in Connecticut in 1966. Today, each of its dozen central-Florida locations tosses dough with skill that suits the Fotopoulos mantra of "Always Better Crust." Custom specialty pizzas mingle feta and greek peppers with pepperoni and pineapple, and thin slices of gyro meat fill sandwiches. ABC Pizza also caters special events such as birthday parties, luncheons, and retrospectives of Bill Paxton's film career.
Though diners at Manolo's Italian Restaurante & Pizzeria must wait before digging into their entrees, as each one is made to order, they can pass the time nibbling on an antipasti. After putting away a plate of the eatery's grilled bruschetta appetizer, diners rejoice at the appearance of steamy entrees crafted under the watchful eye of Manolo's chef and owner and an always-watching Santa Claus. The chef's signature sauce may only grace a chosen few of the restaurant's 13 entrees, but mixed greens and oven-warmed bread escort every one of them to the table. After dinner, the wait staff fills cups with one of four aged ports or Café Manolo, rum- and Kahlúa-spiked coffee capped with whipped cream. Manolo's Italian Restaurante & Pizzeria also caters to wedding receptions and other special events in a banquet room with seating for up to 100 guests.