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Best Pizza Foodster Award Winner Announced

Written By Scott Joseph On February 16, 2017

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Best Pizza Foodster Award Goes to Pizza Paradiso
 
Pizza Paradiso loco The winner of the 2017 Foodster Award for Best Pizza goes to Paradiso Pizza. Papa Joe’s got the second most votes for its pies and third place is awarded to Tornatore’s.
 

Paradiso Pizza has two Orlando locations, one at 707 N. Goldenrod Road and a newer one at 1502 N. Semoran Blvd. I reviewed the latter last year and I have no problem with the readers choice.

Click here to read more about the winners.

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But there’s a diametrical feeling — a seventh sense? — where you enter a restaurant and you know immediately that you’re going to like it. That’s the feeling I got when I walked into Zora Grille in Altamonte Springs recently. Just for a moment, I had that niggling feeling that something might be off. Perhaps it was the fact that the place had no customers even though it was the height of the lunch hour.

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I first visited it when I decided I wanted to make kimchi. There were certain ingredients — kochakaru (Korean red pepper powder) and saeujeot (Korean salted shrimp) — that you just can’t find at your local Winn-Dixie. Or Publix for that matter.

I couldn’t even find those items at a couple of the older Asian markets in the Mills 50 district. So I gave Mia a try, and I’m glad I did.

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at Tapa Toro
 
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We’re having a Dinner Party and you’re invited!
 

In fact, it’s the first Scott Joseph’s Dinner Party, but we’re going back to one of our favorite venues, when we called it Supper Club.

Tapa Toro, the tapas and paella bar, is the ideal place for a fun to-do. One of my favorite things to do when I throw a dinner party is to invite my guests into the kitchen to help cook.

So executive chef Wendy Lopez is going to show all of us how to make her Flatbread “Coca.” We’ll mix the dough, form it, stretch it, and then Wendy’s crew will bake it up. While it’s baking, we’ll sit down for dinner.

Our party will get started at 7 p.m. on Wed. March 15. Tickets are $84.50 plus tax ($89.57). Gratuity is included. 

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