Let’s face it. Sometimes after a long – but fun! – day at an Orlando theme park, or visiting museums or hiking or biking, you don’t feel in the mood to get dressed up to go to a fine dining restaurant, or even a casual dining restaurant.
All you want is to get back to your room, relax on the couch, and have some pizza or other take-out food that requires no effort on your part except to pick up the phone and make an order.
Of course, Orlando has all the countrywide “chain” pizza stores and “take out” places, but these chains are probably in your own home town, so there’s no fun in ordering from them while you’re in Orlando!
Instead we include some excellent “partial” chains – the ones that the chances of the local restaurants and see what Florida deliciousness they have to offer!
Be aware that some pizza places do deliver to the theme park resorts, but they’re only allowed to deliver to the lobby of a hotel. it’s easier just to call in advance and go pick up your pizza.
- NYPD Pizza, 9900 Universal Blvd, Orlando, (407) 992-8990
NYPD Pizza is a chain, but it’s local to Orlando with four locations. And there’s an NYPD’s in Little Rock, Arkansas, too. And that’s it – out of the entire country. So, chances are you haven’t had a slice of NYPD pizza and now’s your chance. It’s “New York style pizza,” meaning the pieces are huge and meant to be folded in half to eat, and the ingredients are reminiscent of the earliest pizzerias set up by Italian immigrants to the city. This chain was founded by a native New Yorker who wanted to bring the authentic experience to Orlando.
- Giordano’s, 12151 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. (407) 239-8900
Giordano’s has locations in seven states. It’s a Chicago-style stuff-crust pizzeria that has three locations in Florida, with the Lake Buena Vista location the closest to the theme parks. They also have other offerings on the menu such as a variety of sandwiches, Italian dishes like lasagna and spaghetti, and chicken tenders. This location does deliver to Wald Disney World, but only to the lobbies of the resorts.
- Flippers Pizzeria, 12525 State Road 535 (407)-938-9633
Flippers is another Orlando-based pizza chain, with their restaurant on State Road in Buena Vista being the closest to the theme parks. They’re known for their brick-oven pizzas and brick-fired pizzas. They’ve got 19 different pizzas on offer, from Flippers Big Pie with pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage, ham, ground beef, smoked bacon, mushroom, green peppers, red onions and black olives to Salsiccia Rustica – featuring DOP-certified San Marzano tomatoes crushed “with a touch of sea salt,” sweet sausage, prosciutto, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, fresh oregano and extra virgin olive oil. Chopped salads are also available.
- Singing Sam’s, 8113 Vineland Avenue (off of I-Drive) (407-910-1322)
Singing Sam’s, which has its origins in the Motor City, is now to be found only in Orlando. They feature Detroit style pizza, either round or squared. Their signature pizzas include 50th State Pizza in honor of Hawaii (with ham and pineapple), Bianca Pizza (a cheese pizza with herbs), Wild Thing Pizza with buffalo sauce, grilled chicken and bacon, and Derek’s Asian Delight with grilled chicken, teriyaki sauce, mozzarella, carrots, green peppers, broccoli and onions. Salads, wings, sandwiches and pastas are also on the menu.
- Brick and Fire Pizza and Pasta Parlor, 1621 South Orange Drive. (407) 426-8922
The Brick and Fire Pizza and Pasta Parlor is in downtown Orlando, about 7 miles away via I-4 West, and you can do it in 16 minutes with good traffic. But if you’re coming from a day of museum-walking or theatre going in downtown Orlando, call them to order a pizza or other food and bring it back to your hotel. Like Singing Sam’s, this pizzeria is not a chain and its owner and chef takes great pride in sourcing local ingredients.
They have over 20 pizzas on offer in a variety of sizes, including their fortes – Duck Confit pizza, Girl and Fig pizza, and the CARNIVORE eight meat pizza!
- China Tea, 9924 Universal Blvd. (407)-226-6757
China Tea offers a variety of Asian cuisines, from Chinese to Indonesian to Thai. They also offer Bubble Tea. Their restaurant is small, but since you’ll be taking your food away that’s no problem. They are located quite near Universal Studios – just 5 miles south of that location.
- Kim Wu Chinese Restaurant, 4904 S. Kirkman Rd inside Kirkman Shops, (407) 293-0752
Kim Wu has only a Facebook page but they’re reviews on Facebook, TripAdvisor and Foursquare are stellar. They offer plenty of choices, and their Walnut Chicken has been praised repeatedly.
- Sushiology, I-Drive (407-345-0245, Lake Buena Vista (407-239-4920)
Sushiology has two locations, one on I-Drive which is near Universal Studios and one near Lake Buena Vista (Disney World). The I-Drive location is at 6400 International Drive The other, SUSHIOLOGY Lake Buena Vista is at 12211 Regency Village Drive.
If you love sushi, you’ll love Sushiology. They offer a wide variety of Nigiri (oval shaped balls of rice with a variety of toppings), Makimono (seaweed wrapped rolls of rice and a variety of fillings), and Donburi (savory stews poured over rice). For dessert, banana tempura and ice cream, fried cheese cake and icecream, and plain old ice cream!
- Dragon Court Buffet, 12384 S Apopka Vineland Rd (407) 233-9996
This Chinese buffet restaurant is only a minute away from the entrance to Walt Disney World, and just a few minutes away from Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. At the time of this writing, if you go to their website to look around, there’s a sign-up box so you can get 10% off your first visit.
It’s an all you can eat buffet so you may just want to stay there to eat, and eat, and eat, or you can call and order your food to go. You can also order online. They also offer complete meals for those who don’t feel like doing the buffet, of course. Practically every Chinese dish you can think of is available here.
- Ichiban Buffet, 5629 International Dr. (407) 930-8889
The Ichiban Buffet has two locations. The one on International Drive is Located just south of the Fun Spot Amusement Park.
There’s another one at 5269 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy in Kissimmee, which is located just a couple of minutes away from Walt Disney World. Its phone number is (407) 396-6668.
The Ichiban Buffet is an Asian fusion restaurant, featuring Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes and everything from seafood including snow crab legs to chicken to pork to beef.
So, whether you’d like pizza or Asian take out, there’s plenty near the attractions of Orlando to satisfy your appetite!