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MidiCi Italian Kitchen - Daytona Beach

1860 Victory Circle.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 271-4811
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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.

One of the big differences between the Midici we visited in Kissimmee, and the one in Daytona Beach is a Liquor License. Midici Kissimmee serves wine and beer, but this location has a full bar, with great cocktail options like these two drinks...The Angel's Margarita on the Left and The Devil's Margarita on the right are both made with Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime juice, simple syrup. The Angel is sweet with blackberries and the Devil is heat with Fresno Chili Peppers.

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.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a new addition to all Midici menus, and it is made with Angus ground beef sauteed with herbs in a housemade Italian tomato sauce served over spaghetti. This was very good, but I could have used a little more sauce.

Calzones are also new on the menus here, and while they have a variety of options….Do not miss out on the Truffle Calzone! This is simply amazing...made from truffle cream, black truffle cheese, fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, parmesan and basil.

We made a custom pizza using the New York Margherita as the base that includes marinara sauce, fresh shredded mozzarella and parmesan and we topped it with applewood smoked bacon cherry tomatoes and feta cheese, and it was excellent.

Although the Nutella Calzone at Midici is simply phenomenal, sometimes all you have room for is a an Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato. This is perfection in a cup, and a great way to end your evening.

Midici Daytona is open from Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday, they are open from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.

If you are in the area, stop by and grab some great food, and enjoy a cocktail or two.
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Lello's Ristorante & Pizzeria

2025 Murrell Rd,
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone (321) 305-5933

I often find myself in Rockledge or some part of what we call ‘The Space Coast” as I have family on that side of town. While there may be a plethora of seafood establishments dotting the coast, there are also a handful of decent restaurants scattered throughout cities from Titusville to Palm Bay that serve up more than just seafood.

Lello's Italian Ristorante and Pizzeria is one of those places, and is very much worth a visit if you happen to find yourself on Florida’s Space Coast. Located in the Westport Center, which is a strip mall of shops, you will find a small and somewhat unassuming venue with basic chairs and tables, a print out menu, and nothing else too fancy inside. Although the atmosphere and ambiance may not be impressive, I can assure you the food more than makes up for it.

Once you are seated, a waitress takes your order and gets the process of your dinner going. I do say process, because things don't seem to move too quickly at Lello’s, in part because everything is made to order, and made with house made ingredients. All of the pasta and dressings are made in house as well as a fine mozzarella. 

I had an opportunity to dine with three family members and got to taste a few dishes and some desserts. We ordered a selection of dinner entrees that included two Friday night specials and some of the house specialties.

Although not necessarily an Italian dish, the Friday night special of Seared Salmon with mango chutney and black beans and rice was very flavorful, and plated quite nicely.

I love a good Veal Parmigiana, and the one at Lello’s is some of the best I have had. The veal was very tender and smothered in homemade sauce and mozzarella. This veal cutlet just melted in your mouth.

The made from scratch Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina is made with beef and more of that fresh mozzarella, and was an impressive dish with just the right thickness and chew to the gnocchi.

Another one of the nightly specials was a rather large tomahawk style Veal Shank with a delicate and buttery gravy. This shank not only looked impressive, but it  was tender and cooked to perfection and tasted as good as it looks.

Our first dessert was the Coconut Creme Brulee. I really enjoyed this, and found the addition of coconut flavoring a unique and tasty treat.

The Limoncello Cake was heavenly. It is made with one of Italy's top selling liqueurs, Limoncello,  which is a lemon flavored cocktail additive, or a drink by itself. The cake was light, tangy and rich all at once.

Lello’s is a great family run restaurant that really caters to quality as well as its customers. Although we had a sampling of main dishes, there is quite a buzz over the pizzas and stromboli they serve up here. I am looking forward to a return visit and checking out the pies they offer as well as some calzone. Its definitely worth a visit, and worth the wait.

Lello’s is open from 12 to 9 p.m. on Sundays, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturday. They also serve beer and a selection of wines. They do not have a website yet, but you can check them out on Facebook here:

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Jet's Pizza

Tastes Of Orlando12231 E. Colonial Dr. 
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 413-5800

Orlando has always had its fair share of pizza places. We have fine dining pizza, fast food pizza, Chicago style pizza, New York pizza, Mexican pizza, etc. That list can go on and on forever, but until recently, Orlando did not have an authentic "Detroit Style" pizza. So please say hello to Jet's Pizza. 

In case you aren't familiar with "Detroit Style", let me give you the rundown. Detroit style pizza is a type of pizza developed in Detroit, Michigan. It is a square pizza similar to a Sicilian style pizza that has a thick and crispy crust and can be topped with just about everything. The square shaped pizza is the result of being baked in a square pan, which originally was not a pizza pan. With the pizza originating in the motor city of Detroit, often times industrial parts trays, which were originally made to hold small parts in factories were used to make the pizza. Nowadays, I'm sure they have specially made customized pans for baking, because after all...I am not sure how sanitary those old parts trays were.

The crust of a Detroit-style pizza is noteworthy because in addition to occasionally being twice baked, it is usually baked in a well oiled pan to a chewy medium well done consistency that gives the bottom and edges of the crust a nice crunchy texture. When combined with melted cheese, sauce, and toppings of your choice, this kind of pizza makes your mouth happy.

Since opening their first pizzeria, Jet’s has been selling pizza, submarine sandwiches and salads that have been pleasing the palates of people everywhere. But the single menu item that Jet's Pizza has become famous for, above anything else, is their signature deep-dish square pizza. It is this style of pizza, and the way it is exclusively prepared, that differentiates Jet's Pizza from any other pizzeria. Jet's is known for being the originator of the 8 corner pizza and its square Detroit Style pizza. 

Just like with the Chicago deep dish pizza, there are many claims to who started what first, but I will leave that debate for another time. The original location of Jet's Pizza was founded in 1978 by Eugene Jetts, in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He and his brother John converted a former convenience store into a pizza store when Eugene was seeking a house. Its first franchise opened in 1990, and currently there are over 300 franchised and store owned locations across the U.S.

I recently had the opportunity to sample Jet's at the East Colonial location closer to UCF in the all new Town Park shopping center. There are currently three Central Florida locations for Jet's and two of them are on East Colonial drive. The first one to open was the Town Park location that is franchised by Nathanael Palmer. He is in charge of the east side of town towards UCF, and is not affiliated with the other Colonial Drive location.

Tastes Of OrlandoFor our starter we had the Jet's Bread with Bacon. Fresh baked bread topped with mozzarella cheese, butter, garlic, Romano cheese and bacon. Sauce for dipping is included, but it's so good by itself you don't really need any.
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Of course we had to order the Deep Dish "Detroit Style" Pizza. We got half cheese and half pepperoni. The crust on this pizza was magnificently buttery, crunchy and chewy all at once. Very delicious. 
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The Italian Deli Boat was amazing. This was the perfect marriage of a calzone and a classic Italian hot deli sub. It is served with ham, lettuce, provolone cheese, salami and tomatoes and comes with an Italian dressing sauce for dipping.

I was really impressed with Jet's Pizza. In my opinion, it was better than any other takeout or delivery brand that I have had, and I've had em all. That's what makes them good, its restaurant quality food with house made bread and sauces all cooked to perfection and loaded with flavor.

Stop by and see them, or give them a call sometime will thank me for it.

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