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Pizza Cutter off to great start despite COVID

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Dec 2, 2020

Antonino Grabo and Beth Acklin, owners of The Pizza Cutter at the Foxmoor Plaza on Bayshore Road. CHUCK BALLARO

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You would think that it would be a crazy idea to open a pizza parlor in the middle of a pandemic.

But these are crazy times, and the Pizza Cutter, located at 5660 Bayshore Road #30, at the Foxmoor Plaza, opened its doors around Labor Day, and after a slow start has found some firm footing in a good location near Winn-Dixie.

Antonino Grabo and Beth Acklin had worked together at restaurants in the past. When she decided she wanted to own her own place after years of managing, Grabo went with her as a partner.

“We had been looking for a while, and the opportunity came up,” Grabo said. “I’ve been making pizza since I was 10 years old. My parents had a restaurant for 20 years in Pennsylvania.”

Since opening, things have picked up, pandemic be damned, with each week a little better than the last.

“It was hard in the beginning because nobody knew we were here. It took us a while to get permits. People didn’t really seem scared away by COVID, though,” Grabo said.

While they serve other foods, it’s the pizza that’s the main attraction, and they can make just about any pizza you want. One customer went way outside the box and asked for a Big Mac pizza, and they were able to pull it off.

A medium cheese pizza starts at $14, with the large 16-inch pizza (18 inches in December) just $2 more. Specialty pizzas start at $17, while gourmet pizzas start at $19. Pizzas come in a crispy thin crust or Sicilian style.

The Pizza Cutter also has stromboli, calzones, focaccia, pasta, salads, subs, soups and wraps. For the sweet tooth, there is tiramisu, cheesecake, cannoli and much more, which you can eat in, pick up or have delivered.

Everything is made fresh. Grabo said some pizza makers say it’s the water they have brought in from New York that makes the perfect pizza. Here, it’s attention to detail and using fresh ingredients.

“We try to stay away from frozen. We just use the best ingredients and follow the recipe. I think it’s more than just the water,” Grabo said.

Specials include two slices and a canned drink for $5.95 every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with other daily specials.

The Pizza Cutter is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and closed Mondays.

For more information, call 900-3003 or visit their Facebook page or www.pizzacutterfortmyers.com.