foodWelcome to Scott Joseph's Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants.

The Foodsters are an ongoing program to recognize and celebrate culinary excellence in Central Florida. The Foodsters are open to any business with three or fewer locations -- no chains.

Winners are chosen by you, with your vote. Make your selection in each category carefully -- only one vote is allowed per person.

You may nominate a restaurant for an appropriate category, but make sure it isn't already in the list of nominees. And remember: independent restaurants only.

Best Pizza Foodster Award Winners 2019

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Vinzo’s, an Italian grill and pizzeria in Casselberry, has been voted Best Pizza in our 2019 Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants. Pizzeria Valdiano came in second and Jerry’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant in Longwood was third. Only four votes separated second and third place.

In placing her vote, Theresa M. Albarello said, “Vinzo’s is the closest pizza to what I was used to on Long Island, NY. Nicely presented and just enough of everything on it, including well done crust.”

In voting for Pizzeria Valdiano, which has two locations, Gina Loveterrell wrote, “#PizzeriaValdiano has the greatest guys there. Friendly, great food among great customer service EVERY visit!”

“Valdiano's is close to NY,” said Mary-Ellen Riordan Galaida.

Perry Tolos said, “Besides being a Longwood staple for decades, Jerry's pizza hits the spot every time with perfectly cooked crust, the most flavorful sauce, and the freshest toppings. If you've never been, you're missing out; if you have been before, you already know it's time to go back!”

This was one of the most hotly contested categories to date. SJO readers are clearly passionate about their pizzas. And the fact that we had so many worthy finalists is testament to the ever improving pizzeria scene in Central Florida.