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.
Primo's II Pizzeria treats mozzarella deficiencies with a menu packed with baked pastas, stromboli, hoagies, and three styles of pizza—square Sicilian, New York–style thin crust, and Chicago deep dish. Dough disciples can build their own pies ($9.99+) or choose from specialties such as The Works, a food frisbee loaded with pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms ($15.99–$17.49). Carnivorous consumers satisfy protein quotas with meat lovers pizzas topped with pepperoni, bacon, smoked ham, and sausage ($16.99–$18.49). Stromboli serves as a massive dish of folded fantasy, enclosing sausage, pepperoni, vegetables, and marinara sauce, or as an efficient envelope for Italian expats to mail home Statue of Liberty key chains ($8.95–$13.50). Taste buds bellow with delight after devouring a dish of baked ziti ($10.95) or eggplant parmigiana ($7.99), and sweet teeth sing arias extolling the decadence of chocolate-chip-studded cannoli ($1.75–$3.50) and sfogliatelle pastries ($1.75). Enjoy meals inside Primo's II Pizzeria’s red, white, and green dining room or al fresco while reminiscing of time spent vacationing in Tuscan villas or cleaning Venetian blinds.
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.
Joseph and Efren Boglio grew up in a Northern Italian town near Torino, raised by a mother locally renowned for her cooking abilities. Although the brothers loved the double-crusted, ricotta-stuffed pizza that she made every Easter, it wasn't until they moved across the ocean to Chicago that they realized just how special it was. Unable to find an equivalent after eating their way through local pizzerias and hunting pizzas in the wild, they opened Giordano's in 1974 with the goal of recreating the savory pie from their childhood. They've adapted their style over the years, but the concept has stayed the same: thick layers of mozzarella submerged in rich tomato sauce and served in a shallow bowl of golden dough. Diners can add ingredients such as spinach, sausage, or shrimp. Even though the Giordano’s deep-dish empire has expanded to Florida, its menu retains its old-country stamp with cuisine such as juicy italian beef and housemade meatballs.
Domino's recently reformulated its pizza recipe, which puts the buyer in command of a plentitude of pie-personalizing possibilities. Take those new flavors for a test drive with two large one-topping pizzas, selecting from an array of tasty cheese crowns that stretch into infinity like a taffy pull in a black hole.