After weeks of eyeing the place, we finally stopped in at the North End Pizza today to savor the pizza. The North End Pizza restaurant is located at 3635 Aloma Avenue – Suite 1009 in Oviedo at the corner of Tuskawilla and Aloma, about a block or two west of Walmart and the 417. It’s directly next door to Dunkin Donuts. The North End is relatively new. It’s named for the North End of the Boston, an area known for its Italian food. The owner told me that while they’ve lived in Florida for some time, the restaurant is just about four months old. Their goal is to bring the pizza nirvana of Boston’s North End to Central Florida.
The best pizza is from New England – New York, Rhode Island, and Boston are my favorites. True, there are a few decent pizza joints around, but none that I’ve tried measure up to the authentic pizza that’s found in the Italian eateries of New England. That all changed today when I chomped down on that crispy yet chewy crust of supreme pizza at the North End. The crust was perfect (the number one characteristic of good pizza), the sauce was just right (not sweet and not tart), and the cheese was bubbly and chewy. The owner told me that they make their dough fresh every day. That was obvious to those of eating in the restaurant today. We both slammed down two pieces of pie each, and then moved on to the cannoli and peanut butter pie (seems out-of-place, right?).
North End Pizza offers more than just pizza. In addition to nightly specials, the also make calzones and Stromboli, hot and cold subs, pasta, salads, appetizers, and dinner entrees. Dessert, too, was real good: peanut butter pie, cheese cake, Tiramisu, and cannoli. They have a kids menu, too. I’ll try all of the different pizza combo’s before I move on to the subs or pasta specials. Next time, I’m going for the Margherita pizza with basil, garlic, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella, or maybe just a cheese pizza with anchovies.
Prices are more than reasonable. Appetizers start at $2 for garlic bread and up to $8 for 10 wings; subs range from $5.99 for ham and cheese to $8.99 for a Bostonian (roast beef and cheese) or “The Don”, steak, pastrami & cheese. Pasta and dinner entrees are under $12.99; pizza starts at $7.99 for a whole pie and increases in price based on size and toppings. Lunch specials are under $7. There’s many dishes on the menu that deserve attention. Prices are subject to change, so keep up-to-date by bookmarking the menu online on the North End’s website.
If you’re like me—always in search of that authentic New England pizza taste—then the North End Pizza is a must try. Try the supreme pizza, or Margherita, or Bianca. The best pizza experience, I think, is slice of pepperoni and an ice-cold beer.