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Jan 11, 2013 10:25 AM

Orlando pizza?

We are heading to Orlando in February and I have a wonderful list of restaurants I am anxious to try thanks to this board. I do have one question. If we just feel like hanging out in the hotel room one night with take out pizza where would be the best place to get pizza? I do not mean Domino's, etc... I mean nice pizza. Thanks!

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  1. It all depends where you are staying. If you're anywhere near the theme parks, I love Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. They have crispy, thin-crust pizza , and my favorite has meatballs, sausage, ricotta cheese, and hot or sweet peppers (I like both). They also have my favorite ribs and wings in town. They are located near the huge Whole Foods on Sand Lake and Turkey Lake, right off I-4.

    I also like Mellow Mushroom, which has two locations: in Winter Park on Aloma and in East Orlando on Colonial (not far from UCF). I have a feeling neither of those will be terribly close to you, though.

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      Don't hold your breath, as we really don't have too many pizza places in town. What Big Bad Voodoo Lou said above is your best bet

      1. re: Sandwich_Sister

        That should be fine! We are staying near the Whole Foods. Actually, the Whole Foods pizza is not bad. Would you say Anthony's is better than Whole Foods?

        1. re: Alica

          I've never had Whole Foods pizza (and probably never would), but Anthony's is really something special, especially that combination I mentioned above. Seriously, I think they have the best pizza, ribs, AND wings in Orlando. You can order up a feast for your room, and I promise you'll like it.

    2. Unfortunately, the best pizza is probably not near the theme parks. I've lived here 12 years, and the best I've found is Italian Pie House in Orlando and Cafe Paisano in Longwood. As another poster mentioned, Anthony's and Mellow Mushroom won't steer you wrong, for sure.

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      1. re: starbucksbrew

        The ABSOLUTE best pizza I've had is Del Dee's Bistro in Casselberry, which sadly closed last year. However, the original Del Dee's owner has just opened a new restaurant, Bistro 436, and said they will be using the recipes of the beloved chef from Del Dee's. They had this incredible pizza with thin-sliced, crispy-breaded eggplant parmesan and ricotta cheese on it that I'm really looking forward to trying again (and hoping it's as good as Del Dee's original).

      2. I recommend avoiding Armando's in Winter Park. While they have a great setup and wood-burning oven, the pies still don't come out as crispy as you'd want and can have too many toppings weighing it down.

        1. Thank you everyone! We went to Anthony's last night. We loved it. First of all, on Friday nights all of their wine, glasses and bottles, are half price. My husband got the eggplant pizza which was perfect. Great flavor, eggplant sliced thin. I got just a pizza with mushrooms and onions. We will look forward to going back! Love Chowhound!

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          1. re: Alica

            Just curious - which Anthony's? We have like 4 of them that are unrelated in town? Was it Anthony's Coal-Fired?

            1. re: YosemiteSam

              Anthony's Coal-Fired by the Whole Foods.

              1. re: Alica

                My favorite! Glad I could point you in the right direction.

                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                  I should give Anthony Coal fire another chance. We went to a location that is now closed not the turkey lake location and found it to be just okay.

                  I'm wondering now if it was just that location, and that I should give the turkey lake location a try.

                  whats your favorite pizza there?

                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                    I love the Paul and Young Ron pizza, named for two South Florida "morning zoo" radio hosts. While I doubt I would find the pizza's namesakes very entertaining, I love the combination of little meatballs, sausage, ricotta cheese (in addition to the mozzarella), and hot or sweet peppers. I usually ask for both kinds of peppers on the pizza, but I prefer the hot ones -- thin slices of spicy, vinegary cherry peppers, which nobody seems to sell in jars around here.

                    The oven-roasted pork ribs (served with more of those great vinegar peppers) and chicken wings (served with caramelized onions) are both excellent dishes as well -- lots of rosemary flavor in both. The ribs and wings are just so different from every other sports bar, barbecue place, and wing joint, and they're definitely my favorites anywhere.

                    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                      Thank you,

                      I'm going to try this location. The problem we had with the other location was, that while we love coal fired pizza, it was burnt and the service wasn't good.

                      I like a coal fired bottom crust but that location over did it. So I'm going to try this one, I think the turkey lake location will be much much better.

                      1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                        Where was the other one? I thought they were going to open a location near Mall at Millenia for a while, but I'm not sure if they ever opened. If they did, it did not last long at all.

                        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                          We really liked our server. He did say that sometimes people think that coal fired pizza is burnt. I thought the crust was very good. Just a bit charred, nice and crunchy but not too crunchy. Friday nights they have all of their wines at half price. The eggplant pizza was delicious. I got a regular pizza with mushrooms and onions.