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Bruno Zacchini hopes locals see Pizza Bruno as a true taste of Orlando 

It's hard to come across an avid eater in the city who hasn't been to Pizza Bruno, and it's even harder to find someone who has anything bad to say about their magical Neapolitan-style pies. So when the inevitable question "Where should we go for pizza?" arises and "Pizza Bruno!" is the response, it really should be no surprise.

"Hopefully we're one of those Orlando places that locals can show off to out-of-towners as a true taste of our city," says chef and owner Bruno Zacchini. "My whole idea was to be able to say we have some world-class pizza being made in the Curry Ford neighborhood."

That world-class pizza is a point of pride for all Orlandoans, bestowing Pizza Bruno with near-landmark status after just a year in business. And that pride ties into the strong sense of community echoed by Zacchini and many other of the city's chefs and restaurateurs: "It's apparent how excited we are about all things Orlando, from soccer to food to, yeah, even theme parks, and I just really love how much the city has changed since I moved here in 2002."

Zacchini went to culinary school at Valencia before starting Big Bruno's Bites (a much-beloved food cart) and the highly respected Third Wave restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, but Orlando is where he wanted to be and it's clear that Orlando felt likewise. Says Zacchini: "I mean I own the place, and I'm proud of it, but Orlando as a whole is, like, SUPER PROUD of this place and sings its praises to anyone who'll listen." If you haven't yet sampled the pies at Pizza Bruno, you better listen up. —FK

Pizza Bruno
3990 Curry Ford Road


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