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May 1, 2010 04:56 AM

Best Pizza in Orlando?

I couldn't find a thread dedicated to compiling a list on this topic... so here we go.

Can't find good pizza in Orlando for the life of me. I'm always befuddled as to how "Pizza Hut" is able to make it anywhere in the top 10 in "best of lists" for our city.

If you like "NY" style pizza, the Anthony's empire and every other knockoff has mediocre pie, but I'm of the opinion that not all pizza has to be big and floppy.

Stallone's on Kirkman makes a good sicilian pie, probably the best I've had in Orlando.

Scampi's in Apopka on 436 also has a really good sicilian pie.

I've seen an "Indiana" style pizza place - Chubby's in Apopka - come and go... and Ledo Pizza from Maryland had an Altamonte location for a while which I liked alot... now closed.

But what else? Any true Chicago pizza out there? What bout a Buffalo/upstate NY style (medium thickness crust, lots of toppigs, etc)?

Looking forward to the suggestions and discussion...

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  1. Pizza in Orlando can be confusing because at first look it's just a bunch of chain restaurants.

    Here's some places I tend to like:

    Pizza Places
    La Bella Luna - two locations Millenia Mall and Baldwin Park

    Places that offer people
    Luma - The offer 3 kinds of pies all very delicious
    Cafe Tu Tu Tango - I love their pumpkin pizza and their 5 cheese pizza

    NYPD Pizza
    Flippers Pizza
    Mellow Mushroom

    I'm still looking for a true chicago pizzaria, Unos just isn't going to cut it.

    Cafe Tu Tu Tango
    8625 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

    Park Place Cafe
    621 NW 53rd St, Boca Raton, FL 33487

    Bella Luna Cafe
    3425 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474

    Pizza Place
    6408 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32818

    3 Replies
    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

      Hey Thanks!

      Well as for Chicago pizza, believe it or not I just found out today they have opened, and are opening more, Giordano's (one of the true Chicago staples) here in Orlando!

      1. re: Bill Leonard

        I've never been there, I will have to try it out. I wish we had more unique pizza places, or a place that specializes in a good neopolatan pizza

        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

          I love big, crispy NY-style slices, but I also agree that it would be nice to have more variety. I have fond memories of thick rectangular Sicilian pizza slices, and my wife likes Chicago-style the best (although both nearby Uno's have closed in the last year, and the promised Altamonte Springs Giordano's never opened).

          We'd all be overjoyed if Imo's opened here, so Orlando would have access to thin, crispy, square slices of St. Louis-style pizza with gooey, melty Provel cheese.

    2. Ledo Pizza... I ate at their Altamonte location once when they were open and that was enough for me. To me, their pizza looked and tasted like they served a frozen microwave pizza. I felt no loss when that place closed.

      1. Also just wanted to mention those "best of list". I am so disappointed with those list, is it true that most Orlandoians much perfer the likes of chains such as subway, olive garden and pizza hut over higher quality mom and pop shops, or really culinary cuisine?

        When I fill those things out, such as the orlando weekly best of, if I can't think of anything better than a nation chain for best "so and so". I leave that blank. I think more people should do that and then the best of list would not consider pizza hut, subway, or burgerking to be the best of in the city.

          1. Believe it or not, Pizza Xtreme on Kirkman is pretty darn good. Its not the best I've ever had, but for Orlando, its pretty much up there for me.

            Being from Philly and having spent so much time in NY, I know I'll never get a cheesesteak or a slice like I would in those places, so I've just lowered my expectations. But I was very happy to eat a slice at Pizza Xtreme.

            Pizza Xtreme
            7250 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

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            1. re: Corporate_40

              Just finished eating lunch from Pizza Xtreme and found it quite amazing. One of the best in Orlando in my book.

              and it's not a chain and is independently own which I love because I get a chance to support the locals here in Orlando.

              It looks like word of mouth is spreading though. I called in an order and they were already slammed I picked it up before noon and almost all of the tables were taken. It's good news that they are doing so well though.

              Pizza Xtreme
              7250 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32819