Orlando, like most major cities in the United States, is a city with a burger joint or a pizza stop on every corner. However, sometimes, it is worth the extra effort to go out of your way and experience something new. I was invited to lunch at MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, a new outlet that recently opened in the area of The Loop in Kissimmee, FL. Though it is a bit of a hike from the hustle and bustle of downtown Orlando, the drive is easy and quick on the Florida Turnpike. And if you have never experienced The Loop, well here is yet another reason to plan a visit.
MidiCi isn’t just pizza. There are a number of appetizers that include cheese and meat boards and truffle cheese bread. Mr. Beet and I tried the Wood Fire-Baked Truffle Cheese Bread – made with a black truffle cheese from Venice. This is not your ordinary cheese bread. This is cheese that sits under wood ashes to protect the flavor. Very unique and delicious.
There is also a choice of burrata cheese platters. Burrata is something to experience if you are a fan of artisanal cheese – its name meaning “buttered” in Italian. While there is a plate of burrata and beets, we opted for the Burrata with Purple Kale, Grape Tomatoes and Homemade Pesto. There is a certain flair for purple kale, not only is it healthy, its colorful and fun. Pesto only enhances the natural buttery texture of the burrata.
Next up we moved onto the salads. While the Rock Shrimp and Avocado Salad was delicious, our favorite was the The Sweet Life with seasonal greens and blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, fresh melon and shaved coconut in a lemon vinaigrette. Healthy, fresh and Vegan.
And of course, one doesn’t come to lunch at a pizza company without trying the pizza. We ordered the Rome’s Pizza with toppings such as gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onions and roasted fingerling potatoes. While the potatoes were a unique touch, there were certainly not enough on the pie. However, the fresh garlic, rosemary and basil added lots of earthy and spicy flavor.
We also tried the Pizza from the Garden pie. Crushed tomatoes, spinach, garlic, peppers, olives, parmesan, mozzarella, oregano and basil made this the ultimate veggie pizza.
The pizza is baked in a wood-burning oven imported from Naples, Italy. The pizza is cooked at 1000° Fahrenheit for only 90 seconds.
MidiCi has so many extra touches that make your meal special. From the fresh basil plants at the condiment bar, to the Italian syrups available to make your own Italian soda.
The prosciutto is thinly sliced to order whether you opt for meat with your burrata or on your pizza!
However, be sure to save room for dessert. Sure, there is a selection of gelato – from vanilla to hazelnut.
And there is also their signature dessert – Nutella Calzone with Fresh Berries.
BUT, my favorite was the Drowning Gelato – vanilla gelato drowning in freshly-brewed espresso. Such a fun treat after an amazing meal.
Now I don’t want to talk about all this amazing food without offering to share. MidiCi’s Pizza in Kissimmee has generously offered a Beauty and the Beets reader with two $25 gift cards so you can try all this amazing food. Head over to the Beauty and the Beets Facebook page and share the pinned MidiCi post. One winner will be randomly selected from all the shared entries on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at noon. Good luck!!
*the contest has now closed. Congratulations to Connie Dugan of Orlando for being chosen the winner!!*
And be sure to visit the MidiCi Kissimmee Facebook page here.
Lastly, when you visit MidiCi Kissimmee, don’t forget to check out the photo wall of your favorite local celebrities and bloggers!! I am honored to be on the wall with my friend Wanda from My Sweet Zepol.