More and more, weddings and other events are featuring pizza. Some couples bonded over pizza and are celebrating the start of their love. Others just love pizza and figure, why not have it at an important event? It’s a universally popular food. It’s scrumptious, it’s multi-flavored, and there is something for everyone.
The Crystal Ballroom has a very open vendor policy. You can arrange for the food you love to be brought. So why not pizza?
Orlando abounds with pizza places, and some of the best have quite different personalities. Below, we outline one funky, one emphasizing the tastes of old Italy, and one outta Noo Yawk and kicking it Orlando.
Mellow Mushroom is a funky chain through the Southeast, with really good food. Their pizza won best of show in Orlando magazine’s dining awards. The reason? Pizzas like the House Special: Red sauce base with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, Applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, black olives, Roma tomatoes, green peppers and onions, topped with extra mozzarella. As befits their 1960s vibe, Mellow Mushroom has a lot of pizzas named for events of that era, like Magical Mystery Tour, that are stellar eats. (The latter, for example, has a pesto base with button and Portobello mushrooms, feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach and jalapeños on a pesto based crust.)
Prato is not funky; the food is rather elegant Italian. The pizza offerings are choice and unusual. Take, for example, the Widowmaker, with hazelnut romesco, cavolo nero, fennel sausage, and farm egg, or Diavolo, with tuscano, pancetta, Italian long peppers, and auricchiopicante. This is much closer to the real Italian deal that one usually gets stateside, and worth a visit.
Good old Anthony’s Pizza in Orlando began its life in Anthony’s first pizza job in New York City. His extended family carries on the tradition. Everything is good here. Of special note: the Adriatic, with artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, green olives and fresh garlic, and the pesto, with mozzarella, pesto sauce, oregano and fresh garlic.
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