At Juliana’s Orlando, head chef Carl Cherkaoui adds a dash of detail to his Italian cuisine with his thorough mind for sauces, spices, and herbs—a passion he developed while studying the culinary arts in Morocco, France, and Germany. His globally informed flavors grace house specialties such as the crabmeat-crusted grouper fillet and the pan-roasted pork loin in a balsamic glaze. And in the eatery’s main dining room, he and his waitstaff encourage diners to sip Italian and Californian wines amid the glow of a fireplace that someday hopes to be promoted to oven.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
When Paul Russo moved from New York to Florida, he gained year-round beautiful weather. On the other hand, he lost access to his favorite food, New York?style pizza. So, he opened a new pizza joint to celebrate his home town and beloved food. He called it NYPD Pizza. His pies?discs of fresh dough topped with a housemade marinara sauce?thrilled the community, and have continued to win awards. Most recently, the eatery was ranked the #1 pizza place in Orlando according to Trip Advisor. His restaurant even earned 24th place on the same site out of all the city's 2,882 restaurants, much to the chagrin of 2,858 restaurateurs who now wish that they, too, could just make pizza like a proper New Yorker.
Pie-Fection's menu offers tasty and custom flavor wheels, pastas, and salads with a build-your-own arsenal of toppings. Meddling food scientists can use Pie-Fection’s three-step build-your-own pizza, which lets you choose from an assembly line of three crusts, 11 sauces, and more than 30 ingredients, including six cheeses and seven truth serums ($7.49–$17.49, with three toppings). For green guzzlers, there are build-your-own salads ($6.49 regular, $7.99 large), and pasta artists can paint their own masterpiece from made-to-order pastas ($7.49 regular, $8.99 large). If feeling uninspired, opt for tried-and-true recipes such as the margherita with fresh mozzarella, basil, sliced tomatoes, and pepperoni ($7.49–$17.49), or appetizers such as mozzarella sticks ($4.99) and garlic knots ($2.49 for four, $3.99 for eight).
American craft beers, particularly from Florida breweries, fill the 51 drafts in Eternal Tap's rustic bar, which also stocks more than 100 bottled beers, an extensive bourbon selection, and fixings for mixed drinks and beer cocktails. These libations complement the kitchen's hand-tossed 10- and 16-inch pizzas, upon which chefs can sprinkle a choice of toppings—banana peppers, sliced sausage, and black olives among them—before firing pies in a brick oven. Along with pizzas, the culinary team specializes in other homemade delicacies, including hummus, soups, bread sticks, and pretzels flavored with cinnamon sugar or salt and parmesan.
The latest sports games flicker across Eternal Tap's more than 20 televisions. On Wednesday, jazz and blues musicians score meals with soulful solos, and during Tuesday and Thursday happy hours, local pianists entertain guests by tickling the ivories, rather than tickling diners until they sing an entire Billy Joel song.
In the kitchen of Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant, cooks lightly fry calamari, sauté shrimp with olive oil and garlic, and assemble platters of homemade lasagna or fettuccini alfredo. Out in the spacious dining room, vegetarians can dig into eggplant parmigiana or customize a 10”-18” pizza with vegetables and buttercream frosting. Fratelli’s also offers free delivery.