It’s still a nice pie, Frank. Pretty good calzone, too.
Frank is also known as Francesco Paradiso and he is the pizzaiolo at Antonella’s Pizzeria, which opened recently on Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. The pie shop is named for his wife, and the two of them are partnered in the venture with Antonella’s brother, Leonardo LaCommare.
If the LaCommare name is familiar to you it’s probably because you knew Stefano’s Trattoria in Winter Springs when the brother and sister’s parents, Stefano and Marie, were the owners. The older LaCommare’s sold the restaurant, including the name, and so the younger family members, who all had worked at the popular trattoria for many years, decided to get their own place.
But they didn’t want a large full-service restaurant. A pizzeria that focuses more on takeout and delivery seemed manageable, so that is what Antonella’s is.
Unfortunately — for me, anyway — the delivery area only extends in a five-mile radius from the restaurant, so I made my own pizza runs to try out the pies.
I ordered the one called Antonella’s Pie, which featured pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and red peppers. The spiced-just-right tomato sauce was spread on the crust, which slightly thicker than a typical New York style pizza but still not too bready. Mozzarella cheese was evenly layered and not so thick as to be a mass of goo. Nice toppings, nice flavors, though I might have shaken some parmesan cheese and some red pepper flakes on top if I were dining in the restaurant.
On one of my visits I ordered the Meat Lovers Calzone. I ordered a small, which is a good thing because I don’t think I could have fit a large one in my car. It was packed with layers of ham, bacon, sausage, meatballs and pepperoni and a little ricotta to go with the mozzarella. A small container of red sauce was provided to douse on top of the beautifully browned dough crust.
On another visit I ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara, a perfectly wonderful glop of creamy sauce and bits of bacon and onion. It’ll stick to your ribs — and anything else, so be careful with your car’s upholstery.
You don’t have to take your order home to eat it. There are a few seats available in the cramped space, but only a few. It looks much bigger when you walk in because one of a mirrored wall, but trust me, this place is tiny.
As one would expect from the folks involved, the staff is friendly and helpful.
Antonella’s is in the group of strip that also has Ethos Vegan Kitchen. There have been a number of other eateries that have occupied this space over the years, including a kabob shop and, most recently, another pizzeria. I think Antonella’s will be there a good long time.
Antonella’s Pizzeria is at 360 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. It is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The phone number is 407-636-5333.