As soon as I walked into Midici , the fragrant aroma of pizza hit me…and it smelled so good!
Midici specializes in Neapolitan pizza, made the traditional Italian way, with many ingredients actually imported from Italy.
The pizzas start with a simple four-ingredient crust (non-gmo double zero Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt, and yeast). If you order a “red” pizza, it is then layered with pizza sauce which has only one ingredient: crushed Italian peeled tomatoes.
After being loaded with toppings and cheese, the pizza is then baked in a special wood-fire oven, made and imported from…you guessed it…Italy. The oven heats up to over 750 degrees, so the pizza is cooked in about 90 seconds.
On our visit we tried two of the guest favorites — the Double Pepperoni and The Prisoner’s Pizza, though you can also build-your-own.
The Double Pepperoni features red sauce, fresh whole mozzarella, gourmet pepperoni, spicy Italian salami (calabrese), parmigiano-reggiano, organic non-gmo extra virgin olive oil, and fresh organic sweet basil. It has a nice spiciness to it, but it’s not overpowering. As a pepperoni fan, I loved this pizza.
The Prisoner’s Pizza gets its name from the practice of people smuggling in items to prisoners inside the pizza crust. This pizza features red sauce, fresh whole mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano, fresh organic sweet basil, and organic non-gmo extra virgin olive oil. presented prisoner style with fresh ricotta cheese hidden in the crust. They don’t put the ricotta in the entire circumference of the crust, but when it’s there, it does add a little extra layer of flavor.
While we waited for our pizzas, we sampled several appetizers. First up was the Housemade Meatballs with Smoked Mozzarella, served in a dish with crushed Italian peeled tomatoes imported from Italy, parmigiano-reggiano, fresh organic sweet basil, and oregano, then wood fire-baked and served with wood-fire toasted ciabatta bread with a balsamic drizzle. The meatballs had a wonderful flavor and the texture was just right. It was like a little part of Italy in my mouth.
The best of the appetizers we tried was the Burrata with Melon & Prosciutto di San Daniele, featuring soft burrata cheese, fresh melon, and prosciutto di San Daniele (imported from Italy and aged 24 months). The burrata was fresh and creamy, and the prosciutto was some of the best I’ve ever tasted.
In fact, if there’s one word I would use to describe Midici (besides tasty) is quality. The restaurant uses non-GMO ingredients, as well as some organic. Many are also imported from Italy.
But this quality does not come with a hefty price tag. Dinner for two with a pizza, appetizer and drinks can be had for $30 or less.
Speaking of drinks, there are as many choices as food items on the menu – beer on tap and by bottle/cans (many craft brewed), wines from Italy and local wineries in red and white, coffee drinks, Italian soda, tea, bottled water from Italy, and more.
We finished off our meal with two desserts recommended by the manager. Midici’s signature Nutella Calzone with Fresh Berries hit all the right notes. It features Nutella and berries inside the Neapolitan dough, baked in the wood-fire oven, then served with a drizzle of balsamic and more berries. One is literally big enough for two, so make sure you share.
We also tried a traditional Italian coffee drink, the Affogato, featuring Italian hazelnut or vanilla gelato (we tried both) by Italian Master Gelatiers Leo Leo Gelato in a cup of espresso. If you’re looking for a not-so-sweet ending to the evening, this is the one to pick.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Midici. It may have been my first, but it won’t be my last. Check them out for yourself – you may just have a new fave pizza place.
Midici – The Neapolitan Pizza Company currently has one Central Florida location, at The Crosslands shopping center in Kissimmee (720 Centerview Blvd, at the intersection of South O.B.T. and Osceola Pkwy). For more on the company, which plans to open several more Central Florida locations in the next year, visit mymidici.com.
A good time to check them out will be Saturday, January 28, when they hold their Grand Opening celebration. All guests get a free Margherita pizza with any other pizza purchase.
Disclaimer: We were hosted for a media dinner. As always, my opinions are honest, and my own.
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