Last week I celebrated National Pizza & Beer Day at Park Pizza & Brewing Co in Lake Nona. This has very quickly become one of my favorite holidays as it pairs two of my favorite things that always translate to a great time. We had the opportunity to sample Park Pizza’s signature dishes, from wood-fired dough knots to fresh salad and delicious cannoli, and of course, plenty of handmade pizza and house-brewed beer from the onsite brewery.
Upon entering Park Pizza, I automatically felt a great atmosphere that was both welcoming and friendly. From the great food and drinks to the friendly staff, I can see this location as an ideal happy hour destination. Lake Nona is quickly growing as a popular neighborhood and I am happy to see how Park Pizza will continue to influence the area.
We started the night with dough poppers, a fun take on a pizzeria favorite that was easy to share. The wings were well seasoned and juicy, perfect for watching a game at the bar. I don’t normally remark about salads but the house vinaigrette for the house salad was fantastic. The cannoli had a rich filling that was a great ending to the night.
National Pizza and Beer Day would not be complete without pizza and beer, and here Park Pizza truly showed their strengths. We opted for a split pizza of two specialty pizzas: “Chicken and Goat” and “Awesome Saus!” for a pizza packed with flavor. The Awesome Saus! featured San Marzano tomato sauce and house-made sausage among elephant garlic and baby portabello mushrooms for a very rustic combination. The Chicken and Goat was my favorite as it featured a garlic cream sauce, goat cheese, roasted chicken and avocado for a simplistic, creamy and comforting slice.
Each item was paired with a fantastic beer from their in-house brewery. My personal favorite was the Belgian wit, a refreshing and cloudy wheat ale that was perfect for the pizza. The pub amber, with its caramel and toffee malty notes, will be great as the weather continues to cool down. While not usually a fan of IPA’s, their IPA had a balanced flavor and moderate bitterness that was more drinkable. Similarly, the red ale was hoppy but had a smooth floral and citrus flavor. Park Pizza beers are also available at Boxi Park for your enjoyment as well.
Unfortunately, my SD card got corrupted *shakes fist at technology*, so these pictures from my phone will have to suffice for now, but I will definitely be making a trip out to Lake Nona for great pizza, beer, and company soon!
Our personalized menu for the night
The House Salad
Split pizza with Chicken and Goat (left) and Awesome Saus! (right)
Belgian Wit, my favorite of the night
Cannoli, because there’s always room for dessert!
Special thanks to Rockaway PR and General Manager MaryAnna for a fantastic evening.
Park Pizza & Brewing – Lake Nona
6941 Lake Nona Blvd Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32827