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3 new pizza options, Metro Diner and Fusion Café are now open and more in local foodie news

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Plenty of pizza news: Antonella's Pizzeria, run by Stefano LaCommare's (of Il Pescatore and Stefano's Trattoria) daughter Antonella, son Leonardo and Antonella's husband Francesco, has opened on West Fairbanks Avenue; Uncle Maddio's Pizza, promising pizza in six minutes, will open soon in the Waterford Lakes Town Center; and the owners of Pizza Paradiso on Goldenrod Road will open Paradiso Pizzeria and Restaurant on North Semoran Boulevard (just north of Old Cheney Highway) "in the next few weeks."

The grand opening party for Wahlburgers should take place at the end of February. According to a Wahlburgers rep, they're just waiting confirmation from Mark, Donnie and Paul ... Ocean Sun Brewing opens in the old Southern Moon Smokehouse space on Curry Ford Road the week of Feb. 29, says owner Mark Wilkerson ... Fusion Café, an "Italian & Latin Grill," has opened in the Coytown Shopping Center on Colonial Drive ... Sambumbia Puerto Rican Cuisine launches its soft opening Friday ... Morimoto Asia has opened its "street food takeout window," offering a limited menu. The window will be open daily from 5-11 p.m. ... In Altamonte Springs: Jacksonville-based Metro Diner has opened, while another Whole Foods Market opens its doors Jan. 20.

Doc's Streetside Grille has closed. It'll give way early next year to a 54-room boutique hotel called the Delaney, which will house a "mid-scale casual restaurant."

Last chance to get tickets to this Saturday's dinner with EL Ideas chef (and honey badger of the restaurant world) Phillip Foss at Capa Steakhouse. Cost is $195 ... Chefs Hari Pulapaka and William Dissen, along with six more of the best chefs in the region, host a dinner Feb. 3 at the Market Place Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, to benefit the Chef Action Network, a coalition of culinary leaders dedicated to changing our food system. Cost is $150 ... DLynn Proctor, one of the stars of the wine documentary SOMM, is the featured guest speaker at Del Frisco's Penfolds Wine Dinner Jan. 21. Del Frisco's sommelier, Jill Davis, will co-host the five-course dinner paired with Penfolds wine, including the 2010 Grange. Cost is $295. 

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