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.
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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.
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.
Inspired by his father’s pie-making prowess, owner Pat Giammarco brings family recipes, fresh ingredients, and from-scratch preparation to Marco’s menu of gourmet pizzas, freshly baked subs, and wings. Marco’s signature sauce—born from imported spices, three types of vine-ripened tomatoes, and black-magic spells—flows over never-frozen dough before a robust mixture of three cheeses tops each of the menu’s seven specialty pies. Crispy Old-World pepperonis speckle the pepperoni Magnifico ($8.99+), providing a carnivorous alternative to the garden pizza’s feta-led blend of four cheeses, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes ($10.99+). Eight freshly baked subs, including hoagies stuffed with italian meatballs and steak ($5.99 each), round out the menu alongside boneless wings served buffalo-style, or, like Tennessee-style donuts, slathered in a tangy barbecue sauce ($6.99 each).