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Nov 18, 2007 08:58 AM

Orlando's Absolutely Best Pizza

What is the very best pizza in town? I'm looking not only for old-fashioned NY pies but haerth-baked gourmet ones, indulgent Chicago-style ones, you name it.

The pizza doesn't have to be made in a pizza joint. It can be in a chophouse, a bistro, a trattoria ... wherever it's delicious.

This is for a magazine article--and yes, I'll do my best to mention I always do.

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  1. I'm all about Mellow Mushroom...They have the best crust dusted with parm! Who do you write for?

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    1. re: katygirl

      I write the dining column for Orlando Magazine.

    2. I've had excellent NY-style pizza by the slice at the Italian Village and Del Dio's, both in Casselberry. Italian Village is on 436 and Red Bug Lake Road, and Del Dio's is only about five minutes away from them, on 436 near the 17-92 intersection near Books-A-Million and Office Max. Neither are fancy, but both are consistently fresh, crispy, cheesy, and oh so satisfying whenever I get them.

      Lazy Moon Pizzeria, across the street from UCF on University and Alafaya, has the LARGEST slices around. Arrange your forearms in a triangle in front of you, with your fingertips touching and your elbows on your stomach, and that's pretty close to a slice at Lazy Moon. They are also very thin and crispy, extremely fresh, and they have a variety of gourmet toppings at a perfect little "dive" location, ideal for students.

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      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

        Wow, I've never even heard of this one. Will definitely add it to my must-go list.

        1. re: rudykins

          It's been 9 years since I moved from the area and I still miss Del Dio's for both their pizza and their cheese steak sub.`

          1. re: summeranne

            Best Philly and Pizza are in Avalon park in east orlando. I don't live there but it's worth the drive. Brionto's is the best Philly and Papa Gio's is the best pizza.

        2. current favorite is boardwalk (winter park and oviedo locations) sauce, slices don't go limp when you hold them!

          1. These are excellent options for NY pies. What about bistros and upscale restaurants with exceptional gourmet pies? Any good Chicago-style pies in town?

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            1. re: rudykins

              Heh, there's Uno Chicago Grill (not even Pizzeria Uno anymore), which makes me race home every time I go there, in order to get to the bathroom in time. That's pretty much the only game in town for deep dish Chicago-style pizza.

              1. re: rudykins

                The current pizza at Primo (JW Marriott, Grand Lakes) is called The Fig and Pig, Black Mission figs, proschuito, riccotta. Hand tossed very thin crust, excellent pie. They only have one pizza on the menu, but they will work with you if you want to create something on your own.


                1. re: herbert1

                  As for Chicago-style, the BJs down by the Mall at Millenia is much better than Uno's. The crust is light and, much like Lou, you don't have to go running for the restroom (or the cardiac ward) if you eat a slice.

                  For NY-style, Gino's downtown is my favorite- closest to NY-style that we've seen, and my husband grew up just outside NYC, and he's very discriminating. We also really like Pizzeria Valdiano (the quattro formagii is really nice).

                  Gourmet - I shed a tear the day that Luma took their confit duck pizza off the menu.

                  1. re: jazzy77

                    I walk by Gino's almost every day on my way to work, and it smells so perfect -- just like a pizzeria should. But I've only had it once, since I'm always in such a hurry going from place to place. Greasy, but solid NY-style slices.

                    So you're saying this new place BJs does Chicago style, but less greasy and dangerous? I'm gonna have to try it!

                    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                      Ginos is really best after 2am when you're kicked out of the bars...Then it's really the best pizza you'll ever have...

                      1. re: katygirl

                        Yeah, my husband and I almost always hit Gino's after a long afternoon at Orlando Brewing. I also think that Gino's delivers there as well. While, I haven't actually seen the delivery guy show up in person, I have seen many, many people eating Gino's at OB.

                        As for BJs, their mini-pizzas (think Uno's small) have been half price in the bar area on Friday nights between 5 and 7. Their beer quality to good too, so, although I prefer local places, this is a much preferable way to spend Friday night rather than sitting on I-4 waiting to get on the 408 towards home.

              2. If you are looking for true Chicago style head to Giordano's.

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                1. re: coasterphil

                  Giordano's is the real deal. Seek it out for some of the best damn Chicago pizza outside Chicago. I went to Giordano's right after being in Chicago and the pizza was just as good as in the Windy City. It better be, because Giordano's still has tons of locations there, as well. Check it out.