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Pizza Bruno


3990 Curry Ford Rd.
Orlando, FL 32806
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By now, just about everybody in Central Florida who loves Pizza and just loves good food in general, has heard about or has been to Pizza Bruno. 

If you have not been yet, or are in the minority of people who don't know about one of Orlando’s best pizza places, then this article is for you.

Pizza Bruno was opened as a Neapolitan style pizzeria that is a hidden gem off the beaten path where tradition meets creativity. Pizza Bruno isn't just a pizza place, it's a passion with Italian roots and family traditions from Chef/Owner, Bruno Zacchini who developed a passion and philosophy for great food.

Although Pizza Bruno is wildly popular, it has for the most part, remained relatively underground in the Orlando area, but that is part of the craze and lure of such an establishment. Often times places like this become the stuff of legends and folklore, and when you finally get to try it, you are let down. That is not the case here. Chef Bruno and his team are doing their best to keep the food and experience magical.

The Neapolitan style pizzas are made with a simple dough, fermented at cold temperatures for up to 48 hours, topped with the best ingredients and cooked in 90 seconds at temperatures of up to 1000 degrees. The base dough and sauce are both vegan, and they also offer Daiya Vegan mozzarella as well as a gluten free crust for a $2.00 up charge.

Just as Italian food has always emphasized a simplicity in flavors and ingredient driven dishes, Pizza Bruno treats their pizzas the same. From the delicious California tomatoes & sea salt they use in the sauce to the locally sourced Italian sausage they use, they pride themselves on letting the ingredients shine and the food speak for itself.

The Pies here are baked in a wood fired oven that is fed with kiln dried red oak that helps the food take on a beautiful leopard spotted char and get that unique wood fired flavor. They do serve more than pizza at Pizza Bruno, and the garlic knots have become legendary...if you can get them, as they are made in limited batches. Other items include, Octopus, Wood Fired Cauliflower, Charcuterie and Cheese boards, Meatballs and salads.

Beer, Wine, and Amaro cocktails are served up at Pizza Bruno. They have a $20 corkage fee per 750ml of wine or beer. This is my favorite local craft brewery Crooked Can with Cloud Chaser. 

The Heirloom Caprese with local heirloom tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, basil and balsamic glaze is a great way to start your visit, and it’s big enough to share.

Wood Fired Cauliflower is served in a hazelnut romesco sauce and topped with golden raisin agrodolce and Pecorino Romano, and it is simply amazing.

Quite simply one of the best Octopus dishes I have ever had. The octopus at Pizza Bruno is wine braised, wood-fire roasted and served with a seasonal vegetable accompaniment.

This Blanca Pizza with Mozzarella, Lemon Ricotta, Garlic, Rosemary, Arugula, and Pecorino Romano is just fantastic and full of great flavors. 

The Ninety Two Pizza is pretty damn spectacular as well with Red Onion, Oregano, Chili Flakes, Olives, Peppers, Mushrooms, Italian Sausage, Pecorino and Mozzarella.

Do not miss out on any of the Cannoli’s served up at Pizza Bruno, they are all next level delicious. This is a Nutella Cannoli with nutella, chocolate chips and sliced almonds.

This is a Classic Cannoli with a classic Cannoli filling, chocolate chips and powdered sugar.

I saved the best for last, with this Caramel Delight Cannoli that is out of this world wonderfully delicious with coconut mascarpone, chocolate covered cannoli shell, toasted coconut and caramel sauce..,it’s pretty much a cannoli from heaven above.

Chef Bruno and his staff strives to push creativity & raise the bar for the food they serve up here, to bring Orlando something different & unique and keep up a cult like following. This place is just plain good and you will not regret anything on the menu.

Pizza Bruno does not have a phone line, so they do not deliver, nor can you call ahead and place a take out order. They do however, allow for you to order to go with in house takeout, online ordering, and they will deliver via Uber Eats only. 


And yes, I went later in the evening on a Saturday night, and they were out of the legendary garlic knots...It happens, so I'll Be Back...Soon!

Pizza Bruno Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company

720 Centerview Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 201-3824
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MidiCi is one of the newer entrants to the fast casual pizza concept, but if you ever visit any location, you will quickly find out they are aiming for an experience that is worlds away from the competition.

Anyone who walks into any of the fast casual pizza chains in the country like Blaze Pizza, PizzaRev, Pieology, Pie Five and other players in a category that seems to announce new development deals overnight, will see a very distinct difference from what Midici is offering from the moment you walk in the door.

At MidiCi the mission is to bring friends together around pizza because it behaves like a friend, it connects people. It crosses barriers and unites people.

The pizza served here is the Original. Pizza with a capital N. Neapolitan Pizza.
The way Italians invented it over 300 years ago. It is authentic, made with few and fine ingredients, and accessible to everyone.

Staying true to Neapolitan heritage, the dough is made with only four fine ingredients – non-GMO double zero flour imported from Naples, pure water, sea salt and live yeast. The authentic and pure garnishes include – crushed non-GMO Italian peeled tomatoes, fresh whole mozzarella and non-GMO, Italian extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil.

They serve way more than pizza here too, with a great selection of meat and cheese boards, antipasto dishes, salads, desserts, beers, wines and some really good coffee too.

This is fast casual, so you do have to walk up to the counter and place an order, but that is where the fun starts. They have a few classic styles of Neapolitan pizza you can choose from, as well as specialty pizzas, and of course you can make your own pizza with whatever toppings you wish.

Burrata with Melon & Prosciutto is a great antipasto selection to start your meal at Midici. This is served with Burrata, melon, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction drizzle with wood fired Neapolitan bread. All appetizers are served fresh with balsamic reduction and wood-fired Neapolitan bread.

The House Meat & Cheese Plate with Black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), Goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, rosemary ham (cotto), prosciutto, spicy Italian salami (calabrese) is big enough for 2. This is served with Kalamata olives, dried apricots, dates, walnuts and honey.

We really enjoyed The Italian Salad. This is made to share, and it’s full of seasonal greens, Romaine lettuce, Neapolitan salami, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, Kalamata olives, Parmesan, crushed croutons and tossed in a housemade Italian vinaigrette dressing.

The House Cheese Board with Black truffle cheese (sottocenere al tartufo), fresh Mozzarella, Goat cheese, Gorgonzola, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pears, dates, walnuts and honey is a very good starter as well, perhaps even better with a glass of wine.

Midici also makes excellent House Made Meatballs that are made with Angus beef and topped with fresh Mozzarella in an Italian marinara sauce with Parmesan and basil.

You can order from a variety of pre-designed pizzas at Midici, but you can also build your own. You simply pick a base, like the Margherita, the Pesto, Truffle, or a Red Marinara then add from a variety of toppings. It’s best not to do more than 3 toppings at once, because it will make your pizza too heavy and not give you that good cracker like crust. 

This is The Margherita Pizza made with Italian tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, basil, extra virgin olive oil. The signature Neapolitan dough is light, thin, soft and chewy, with a high crust. Made from 4 fine ingredients: non-gmo double zero Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt, and yeast.

The Forest Pizza is on the Specialty Menu at Midici and is topped with Italian tomato sauce, fresh Mozzarella, rosemary ham (cotto), mushrooms, black olives, and is finished with with Parmesan, basil and extra virgin olive oil.

For my “custom pizza”, I chose the Margherita base and topped it with Applewood smoked bacon, red onions and sun dried tomatoes. 

The Signature Nutella Calzone is a must have must try item at Midici. This was extravagant and delicious made with a house made dough pocket stuffed with Nutella and served with strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Like the Italians, the folks at Midici believe a meal is about taste, flavors and colors, but it is also, and if not more, about the people, the conversations, the laughter. The best meals always have your friends circled around the table. Because they believe it is moments we remember, not days, not posts, not pictures.

The food here is excellent. The staff even better, and the atmosphere is perfect. Although Midici must call itself fast casual, this brand of pizza is anything but.

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Pharmacy


8060 Via Dellagio Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 985-2972
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The Pharmacy is a throwback to a 1920’s era speakeasy. A place where alcohol could be "safely" purchased during the era of prohibition in the USA. 

Often times, speakeasy's pretended to be an apothecary on the outside, with a secret entrance where patrons could purchase alcoholic beverages in a low key setting. An apothecary was a legal place to sell and prepare medicines and drugs to remedy what ever was ailing you.

At the Pharmacy they have the whole concept down pretty good, as they have a remedy for whatever ails you, with good food, good drinks and even a secret entrance behind elevator doors that open up to a seemingly secret location in the Dr. Phillips area of Restaurant Row.

The pharmaceutical portion of Pharmacy is made with the finest ingredients to provide you with an antidote from all your troubles. Every tincture you find in the fully stocked medicine cabinet has been properly handcrafted and custom blended by expert Apothecaries. Using only the freshest greens for bitters, tonics and sodas to make the best tasting medicine you’ve ever had.

As the Pharmacy would say, “Our medicinals are not to be taken on an empty stomach”, so the food specialists put on the Ritz for you in the kitchen. Everything is made from local, organic, and sustainable foods so you know it’s the bee’s knees. The selection changes based on the “chef’s diagnosis”, but you always come out feeling just swell.

Loren Falsone and Tyler Brassil are in charge of the kitchen and work tirelessly to bring food that is unique and tasty to Pharmacy with a focus on quality and local sourcing. 


Dominick Tardugnoour is the head ‘pharmacist’, who tinkers with his beakers and herbs to create the perfect concoction. The combination of talents at Pharmacy in the kitchen and bar combine to make this the perfect place to get your prescription for whatever issues you may have and leave you feeling on top of the world.

The beaker of Gremolata Hand Cut French Fries is a very popular item at Pharmacy and is served with house made spicy mayo & ketchup.

The Tomato & Prosciutto Bruschetta is topped with Burrata cheese and a farm poached egg.

The “Buttery, Garlicky Cape Canaveral Rock Shrimp” are very tender and come right out of the shell. I love rock shrimp, as I call them the steak of shrimp.

Florida Fresh Tang Fried Chicken with Lime, Scallions & Sesame.

Margherita flatbread with Sciue-Sciue Tomato, Green H2Ouse and Purple Micro Basil.

The Bone Marrow and Oxtail with Fig Marmalade is a must have dish at Pharmacy Orlando. Very rich and full of flavor, this is an impressive entree.

Although fondue may not be considered some type of new gastronomical experience in 2017, the Classic Cheese Fondue at Pharmacy Orlando is pretty spectacular when you consider that it is made with a 100 Year Old Sourdough Crostini and served with spicy pickled green beans.

Taleggio Fritters are made with semisoft, washed-rind, smear-ripened Italian Taleggio cheese that is lightly battered and deep fried.


For a more simple dessert, the Caramelized Banana Split really hits the spot. This is made with double java ice cream, caramelized banana, hot fudge, coconut crumble & fresh whipped cream.


The Hot Maple Pecan Sticky Bun with Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream is a twist on two southern classics that you can't go wrong with.

If you want something more contemporary, try the Berry & Cherry XO with Pavlova & Dark Chocolate Pot De Creme Yum. Its super fancy, and super tasty.

For a dessert that hits on all of your tastebuds, the Lemon Tart with rum dulce de leche, macadamia, mascarpone whipped cream & almond brittle provides sweet, tart, crunchy, and smooth all at once.

The Pharmacy, while it has grown in popularity is a not so secret, secret anymore, but it is still an experience to check out. It is sure to be a fun time for guests and a memorable experience. Loren and Tyler hit on all sixes to provide you with quality dishes to compliment your ailments, and the drink selection from Dominick Tardugnoour is sure to be stiff and will fix any ailments you may have.

Pharmacy Orlando is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, while Friday and Saturday they are open until midnight. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Pharmacy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Gitto's Pizza

120 S Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 203-8889


It’s safe to say, you haven't really been out to Downtown Orlando if you've never stopped in to Gitto's for a late night slice. Gitto’s used to be known as Gino’s Pizza and was a downtown staple for over 15 years until the V group stepped in and bought the place. 

Not much has changed since the new ownership and it’s still the premier spot in downtown to grab a slice. They are open from 9:00 am until 5:00 am. So if you want pizza for breakfast, lunch or dinner, they have you covered. Of course on weekends after a night of clubbing or bar hopping they are the go to spot to grab a giant slice of pie and help absorb some of the alcohol in your system. 

At Gitto's Pizza the concept is simple: fresh ingredients made in traditional yet innovative ways. From the Italian classics to daringly creative topping combinations, Gitto's offers hand tossed pizzas that will satisfy everyone's taste.

Slices start at $4.00 and whole pies go for $19.00 for a small and up to $31.00 for a Jumbo. The supreme has the usual toppings of pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, meatballs, onions, peppers, mushroom and broccoli. All individual slices come with a complimentary garlic knot.

The aptly named Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta pizza is a white pizza with fresh spinach mix, sliced tomatoes and Romano cheese. This is a very good option with great flavor.

Once you order your pizza, if there is room, head on upstairs to the redesigned second floor of this familiar downtown pizzeria, where you can dine and drink. Gitto’s offers a seasonal beer and wine menu in a comfortable and casual environment.

As I said earlier, if you have not been to Gitto’s, you have not had the full Downtown Orlando experience. Whether you are a local or a tourist, Gitto’s is a perfect place to people watch and grab a drink and a slice before a night out, or after your night out in Downtown Orlando.

Service is fast and friendly and they always have a good selection of pies ready for you to choose for whatever you are craving.

Be sure to check out the chalkboard to see what the "Creation of the Day" pizza is.

Gitto's Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Newk's Eatery

1448 N Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 601-1148
Newk’s Eatery is the latest arrival in the ever changing world of Fast Casual restaurants.

As time goes on the concept of fast casual keeps getting more popular in the United States. Maybe it’s because we are so busy and pressed for time, or maybe people like the simplicity of a place that does not offer full table service, but promises a higher quality of food.

Founded in 2004 by Don Newcomb, Debra Bryson and Chris Newcomb in Oxford, Mississippi, Newk’s was born out of a personal passion for the kitchen. Many of the staple menu items are from treasured Newcomb family recipes and that is how the “Newk’s” name came to fruition. The restaurant is committed to sourcing the finest ingredients with nothing that is pre chopped, pre sliced or pre packaged.

Inside you will find an open kitchen design so guests can see all the sights and smell all the smells of the meals that are being made. The menu consists of made from scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and California style pizzas using fresh and flavorful ingredients. As you walk inside Newk’s , you order your food, you pay, and then receive a number for your table. As you seat yourself a staff member will bring out your food when ready.

The centerpiece of all Newk’s restaurants is a pretty jazzy condiment bar. Here guests can find pickles, olives, peppers, roasted garlic, bread sticks, Parmesan, and a variety of hot sauces to add to the food they order.

Inside is very spacious and open with an option of booths or tables to sit at. If you are in a real hurry, there is also an area for grab and go food that features pre made sandwiches, soups and salads in a chilled display case.

The Cobb Salad has sliced flame grilled chicken breast, crumbled bacon, Arcadian mixed greens, diced hard boiled eggs, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, sweet grape tomatoes, green onions, pecans, house made croutons and a creamy bleu cheese dressing. This salad was big enough to share with great flavors and texture.

The “Newk’s Q” pizza is a 10 inch pie topped with sliced flame grilled chicken breast, signature white BBQ sauce, crumbled bacon, ripe Roma tomatoes, jalapenos, house shredded mozzarella and provolone cheeses over a crust brushed with chili oil. I was really impressed with the crust and flavors on this pizza. It had a decent amount of heat and plenty of toppings.

During our visit we really enjoyed the food we tasted, and I can certainly say we will go back again. Newk’s menu is not only fresh, but it's also affordable. Only a few items top the $12.00 range with most items in the $7.00 to $9.00 range for really good quality food.

The Alafaya location is the first for Newk’s Eatery in Central Florida. The brand is looking expand to twelve corporate owned locations in the Orlando area over the next five years, and plans to grow to more than 300 units in the United States by 2018.

Newk's Eatery is open daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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Maddey's Craft & Cru

116 W Church St
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 601-2692
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Maddey's Craft & Cru is the all new restaurant in Downtown Orlando from Chef Jason Schofield. 

His name may seem familiar to those of you who frequent this blog or if you are just a foodie in general. Returning to Florida in 2011, Chef Jason joined the Hennessey & Coyle restaurant group as executive chef and oversaw White Wolf Cafe and established Wolfie’s PizzaMia in the Ivanhoe district known to us locals as the “Ivanhood”. It was there he pioneered an ambitious program of handmade pastas, fresh-baked breads and house-made charcuterie that I had the opportunity to sample...it was delicious indeed.

Since leaving Hennessey & Coyle in 2014, Chef Jason has dedicated himself to the establishment of Schofield Restaurant Group as a premier consultancy for hospitality businesses and elite private clients throughout the United States. One of his first ventures was the boutique sandwich shop, This ‘N’ That Eats, which you can see my review of here. The menu there focuses on global sandwiches, cured meats and cheeses, as well as coffee made in the traditional sense of the region.

At Maddey’s Craft & Cru, Chef Jason’s idea was to bring the past, present, and future together in a restaurant quite unlike any other in Orlando. The restaurant location has been a few different names over the years, but it is inside the Bumby Arcade on Church street, which is an iconic part of downtown Orlando’s history. The menu is full of comfort classics and unique dishes like short ribs with glazed onion, lengua lardoons and truffled purple yam mousse. There is also a Wagyu beef NY strip that is cooked sous vide then dipped in liquid Nitrogen and plenty of house made pasta dishes.


All of the artisanal pizzas are made with flour that is milled on site and used for pastas, breads and desserts. The mozzarella, ricotta, and ricotta solatta are also made in house from raw milk. As you walk inside, you can see the pizza oven that can cook a pizza in a mere 180 seconds.

In keeping true with his tradition of procuring and serving fine cheeses, meats and other accoutrements, Chef Jason has a nice cheese board and a charcuterie board on the menu at Maddey’s with a great assortment of flavors and textures that are cured in house as well.

With a carefully curated beverage program heavy on craft beers and vintage cocktails, Maddey’s aims to affirm that comfort food and drink isn’t a stale relic of the past. The Florida Mule (top left) is made with St. Augustine Vodka, and the Lost in Translation (front) is made with Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey.

The Arancini are on the Bar Bites portion of the menu and they are an immensely flavorful take on a classic Sicilian dish with Pork confit, English peas, sage pea puree and Parmesan.

The Angus Burger is a mouthwatering lean Black Angus beef patty with Orlando’s own Pane D’Or bakery Pretzel Bun, Green Tomato Jam and Cheddar Cheese. The burger is served with shoestring fries that have been fried in duck fat for an ultimate burger and fry combo.

The show stopper is the Perfect N.Y. Strip. This is Wagyu Beef cooked sous vide dipped in liquid nitrogen, then deep fried in beef shortening topped with sal de flur, bone marrow butter and beef jus, served with parmesan fries. As far I can say...it is the perfect NY Strip Steak.

As part of a monthly changing menu that will feature new dishes and seasonal items, we also got to try the Pork Loin with broccolini and whey grits. The protein, a very large loin that was more than enough for two people, was cooked perfectly with a nice savory flavor.

This last drink is a dedication to a friend of ours who passed away recently and way too soon. The Final Boarding Call, is made with Aviation Gin, Boomsma Cloosterbitter, Bols Maraschino and a Lime… little did I know this drink would be the last one shared with Coleen Burns.
Coleen had a million-watt smile and a laugh so contagious it'd brighten anyone's mood. She was an avid traveler, so the name of this drink is fitting as she took her final boarding call to a better place. 

Maddey’s has brought the taste of the Burroughs to the City Beautiful by making its home on Church Street, in downtown Orlando in an awesome space. Maddey’s Craft & Cru doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to quality and authenticity of flavors. Traditional ingredients and nostalgic flavors are creatively injected into contemporary and worldly twists in Chef Jason’s from scratch executions. Stop by and see them soon and grab a Florida Mule.

***Note - Maddey's is temporarily closed due to unforeseen circumstances but plans to reopen in September and hopes to see the return of familiar and new faces in the fall.

Maddey's Craft & Cru Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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