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Meet Antoniella Paradiso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Antoniella Paradiso.

Antoniella Paradiso is an Orlando-based restauranteur and current owner and operator of Antonella’s Pizzeria, with two locations in Winter Park, Fl. Antoniella and her husband and business partner, Frank, have been serving some of the most authentic and highly sought-after Italian dishes and New York Style Pizza in Central Florida for more than two decades. The culinary duo have deep roots in the Central Florida Italian restaurant scene.

Antonella’s father and restaurateur Stefano LaCommare is the originator of IL Pescatore, Stefano’s Trattoria, and current owner of Nonno’s Italian Restaurant in Altamonte Springs. In addition to working within the family businesses for many years, Antoniella and Frank opened their first pizzeria, Pizza Paradiso, in 2004 and a few years later, Goodfella’s in Debary with their cousin Sal. Antoniella has also worked as a manager with Darden Restaurants in 2000. Antoniella is a graduate of Florida International University and has a double major in Business and marketing. She and her husband Frank have two beautiful girls and live in the Winter Park area. She is a graduate of Leadership Winter Park and remains engaged in a variety of community organizations and associations. An OCPS approved school vendor, Antoniella is passionate about education and currently sits on the Board of Directors at Lakemont Elementary’s SAC committee and Maitland Middle School’s SAC as a partner in education.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Learning as a young kid in this industry was tough. I had no training as my parents were too busy trying to run the business. I had to learn on my own. How to hire, fire, coach… all at a very early age.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My family is most known for providing amazing food and connecting with our guests as we have been serving the same clientele for almost 35 years. I am most proud of my family, from being poor to becoming successful through hard work and teamwork. We work in the daily operation of the business as well as the behind the scenes.

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