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.
When the pizza chefs stretch their dough out to 18-inch extra-large crusts, they keep on stretching until a behemoth 30-inch disk is formed. And then come the toppings: Smoked ham and grilled chicken, black olives galore, and pizza sauce mixed with a dash of barbecue sauce. Pizzas aren?t the only specialty at Primos II Pizzeria, though. Chefs also bake lasagna and chicken-parmigiana hoagies. They also supersize meals for catered birthday parties and Pi Day celebrations.
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.
The Red Elephant Pizza and Grill takes its status as a family-friendly eatery seriously. That means they offer a huge variety of choices, from a gluten-free menu to homemade items such as salad dressings and pizza dough, while keeping the atmosphere fun and laid-back. Specialty square-sliced, thin crust pizzas include options for the veggie and meat lovers in the group, and guests can also build their own pies with toppings like jalape?os, grilled chicken, and mushrooms for total pizza control. Burgers, wraps, and salads also range from classics to specialties, with options like the grilled salmon burger, blue cheese wedge salad, and mediterranean wrap with feta and hummus. Rice bowls and pasta make appearances as well, and a separate kids' menu offers even more selections for little tykes or for those on a steady diet of grilled cheese and chicken fingers.
The professional pie'd pipers at Wize Guyz Pizzeria craft a full menu of Italian delights using premium ingredients, freshly grated cheeses, and local produce in the warm, family-run eatery. Hand-tossed, brick-oven pizzas run the gamut from a rustic, traditional cheese pie ($10.98–$13.97) to a stuffed meat pizza, which is packed shoulder-to-shoulder with pepperoni, sausage, ham, and mozzarella in a standing room-only crust ($19.75). Philly cheesesteaks ($6.76+) and hot subs ($6.78+) nestle between rolls, while traditional pasta dishes, heaped in sauces, harmonize with toasty warm garlic bread.