Chef Q&A: Bruno Zacchini, Pizza Bruno

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New Jersey native Bruno Zacchini is the executive chef and owner of Pizza Bruno, which has been serving up Neapolitan style pizzas and Italian fare with local flair in Orlando since 2016.

What’s your favorite local restaurant other than your own?

I really love all the wonderful Vietnamese and Asian restaurants on Mills Ave.  We are so lucky to have so many great ones, but my favorites by far are Tasty Wok, Chuan Lu, and Pho 88 where you can catch me at least once a week, if not more. Pro-Tip: order the quail dish!

For steak, Linda’s La Cantina is just a great Orlando restaurant that always hits the spot. I really enjoy Mexican as well and end up at Hunger Street and Black Rooster all the time.

What’s your go-to meal at home?

To be totally honest, I don’t cook much at home!  My kitchen is on the small side and the equipment isn’t the best,  but if I am cooking at home I am usually making caccio e peppe pasta for my daughter or a simple meal of grilled steak or chicken with vegetables and brown rice.

Where do you shop locally for interesting ingredients?

With all the great Asian food in Orlando, we have some Asian markets that are like a wonderland of strange and unique ingredients to mess around with and get inspired. Orlando also has some fantastic produce markets. Clemons, located down the street from Pizza Bruno, has some great local produce and seasonal items and I love taking a walk through the aisles and getting inspired.

Which kitchen gadget could you not live without?

Cast iron cookware. I love love love cast iron pans and enameled cast irons like Le Creuset which I have a small collection of at home. Cast iron cookware is so versatile and lasts forever, plus it’s really just great return on investment and provides a great pan for anything from roasting potatoes to making pancakes.

What was your favorite bagged lunch as a kid? 

To be honest, I never did have my lunch packed for me often but I always had a love for lunchables (and I still do!)

What’s your most guilty junk-food ?

Late night cereal, Oreos, Taco Bell, and ice cream!

What 3 things are in your fridge at all times?

Butter, eggs, and pecorino cheese!

Is there anything else about yourself you’d like to share?

I love fitness! I run, lift weights, and love playing soccer!

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