There’s nothing quite like a good slice of pizza for date night. It's certainly a way to show your cheesy side. Need a few suggestions for a place to grab a pie? Whether you want quick and casual, or something gourmet and special, here’s your guide to some of the local spots for pizza in Orlando.
And to avoid controversy, this list is in no particular order. Each of our local picks offer something to love.
Quick and Casual Pizza
Location: Disney Springs and Winter Park
Best for: An inexpensive date without sacrificing quality
Looking for a quick and easy place to grab a pizza? Blaze is your place. Located in Disney Springs (Winter Park too), Blaze is a fast fire’d pizza designed by you! It is an assembly line set-up with scratch-made dough and all the fresh ingredients that you and your date could fathom.
Be as inventive as your heart desires or follow the more classic choices. As you scoot down the line you get to design your own pie, or select from their speciality pies. They currently have a Garlic Lover's Pizza with garlic pesto sauce that is *chef’s kiss*. Blaze also carries a Gluten Free Crust, Cauliflower, Keto Friendly and Vegan Friendly. It’s a good option for everyone, create a couple of pies to share with your boo and sit on the patio to enjoy the Disney Springs views or Winter Park vibes.
Location: University / UCF and Mills / Orlando
Best for: Iconic, massive pizza
Comically huge pizza more your speed? Then Lazy Moon is your spot. When we say large we mean it. Their slice of pizza is large and in charge! They also carry a 20-inch pizza and a 30-inch pizza that the box likely won’t fit in your car! It’s pretty good stuff, though the size of the pizza is definitely the main draw. For a casual date night, and an Orlando staple, it is hard to pass up.
Lazy Moon has two locations one near Downtown Orlando, in the Mills neighborhood, and one near UCF. They have a wide array of toppings from traditional to more interesting choices like pickles, if you so choose. They also have some intriguing specialty pies like a Cuban slice with Mojo pork or Jason’s Mom’s Slice with Chicken, Sautéed Mushrooms, Baked Ranch and Baked Jason’s Mom’s Sauce. Pair your giant slice with a salad, a craft cocktail, or something cold from the draft beer wall.
Anthony’s Thornton Park – Pizzeria & Restaurant
Location: Thornton Park
Best for: Local ambiance
Thornton Park near Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando is home to a cute little Italian restaurant called Anthony’s Thornton Park. Since opening in 1998 it has solidified its place as one of Thornton Park’s staples. Anthony’s has NY-Pies and traditional cheese/pepperoni toppings but they also have some more daring options like Cheeseburger Pie and a Philly Pie. The menu is not just pizza, they have fantastic Italian Dishes. Grab the Garlic Knots, they are life-changing!
Thornton Park is a great neighborhood to spend a Sunday, renting scooters, grabbing pizza and hopping over to Lake Eola for the Farmer’s Market. On the weekends they offer a brunch menu that includes a brunch pizza with Bechamel sauce, bacon and sunny-side-up eggs! Anthony’s also has a great happy hour menu with cocktails and discount appetizers.
Chianti's Pizza & Pasta
Location: Longwood, FL
Best for: Family-friendly, patio dining
Longwood may be a bit north of Orlando, but the drive is worth it. Chianti's Pizza and Pasta is located in a large shopping complex that's been around for decades, and it's just off the I-4 exit so it is easy to get to. Locals love Chianti's for its hometown feel and quality food. The patio is lovely for al fresco dining when the weather is right. If you're on a strict budget, the lunch specials make for an affordable date. And as good as the pizza may be, the garlic knots are even better.
Pizza and Romance – Romantic Pizza Restaurants in Orlando
If you're ready to elevate your date night from cheesy to gourmet, head to one of these romantic pizza restaurants. Yes, pizza can be romantic. There's a lot of connection to be had as you browse the menu, choose a specialty pizza, and anticipate its arrival together while you sip on a glass of wine, chat, and soak up the ambiance.
Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria
Best for: romantic atmosphere and authentic flavors
If you're not familiar with the Maitland area you may be overlooking this romantic gem. Francesco's Ristorante & Pizzeria is small, but mighty. Reservations are a good idea at this popular local spot. The pizza is fresh, authentic, and satisfying. The wine selection is sure to add some romance to your evening as you sit back, relax, and savor the delicious flavors. If you miss out on a table, they do have online ordering for takeout.
Related: Ideas for a Date Night in Maitland
F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen
Location: Orlando, Longwood and Winter Park
Best for: A good blend of casual and romance
A great date night option with an atmosphere, perfect for the couple nestled in the booth in the corner, is F&D Woodfired Italian Kitchen. With three locations Orlando, Longwood and Winter Park, you've probably got one near you. There’s something about woodfired pizza that just makes it superior! Tear into the crispy crust, with plenty of awesome topping options. Start off with an appetizer and a selection from the well tailored wine and cocktail list.
The market lights, dark wood, brick walls and decor give it a date night feel without breaking the bank. On Sundays F&D offers bottomless brunch, which is a pretty fantastic way to taste many of their food options, including some of the pizzas! They have a Queen Bee Brunch pizza that has sopressata and local honey; paired with a mimosa it's pretty divine.
By the way, if the sound of brunch is music to your ears then check out our picks for The Best Restaurants for Brunch in Orlando.
The Wine Barn
Location: Winter Park
Best for: rustic pizza paired with wine
Winter Park is home to many options for Date Night, but one of them is sure to make your heart flutter and has great pizza. The Wine Barn proves looks can be deceiving — on the outside, it looks strip-mall-esque but on the inside it’s lined with gorgeous brick walls, dark wood, and a pretty epic wine display.
In addition to their great wines and tastings, The Wine Barn has exquisite signature wood-fired pizzas, all made from scratch and then fired in an 800-degree oven for just the right amount of crisp. The Queen Margherita pizza is not one to pass up.
They also have live music/entertainment and the wine tastings focus on small-batch wines. The wine selection is most impressive, plus a substantial craft beer selection and meads as well. The service is impeccable, all adding up to a special date night.
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Location: Walt Disney World
Best for: Romance, service, and authentic flavors
Special Date, anniversary or event? Il Mulino New York Trattoria is what you're looking for. Located in the wondrous Swan Hotel at Walt Disney World, it is a New York-based concept with a Disney Flair. Gorgeous, high ceilings, dark woods, low lighting, white linings, and a gorgeous back lit bar set a sumptuous atmosphere. This date night spot is on the more expensive side, but tends to be worth it. Make sure you make a dining reservation for this location.
The hearty pizza pies are practically perfect and shareable. Be ready to carb up from the start, with a warm and squishy bread basket that has focaccia bread that you'll dream about. Make it a full meal with beautiful fresh-made salads and appetizers to go with your pizza. Your experience will conclude with house-made limoncello brought to your table to end your date in high spirits.
- NEW Mangoni – Winter Garden
- The Pizza Press – Winter Garden
- Deadwords Brewery – Orlando
- Pizza Bruno – Orlando
- Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza – Orlando
- Tornatore's Italian Restaurant – College Park
- The Thirsty Topher/Ziggie's Pizza – Orlando
- Labella Luna Ristorante e Pizzeria – Orlando / Baldwin Park
- Antonio's Restaurant Italiano – Maitland
- Prima – New Symrna Beach
Featured image courtesy of Lazy Moon Pizza (@lazymoonpizza)