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The Vibe: Rome meets Istanbul in a family-friendly restaurant that serves Italian and Turkish standbys in the corner of a south Lakeland strip center. Expect subdued lighting, live music on weekends, and perhaps some Rat Pack-inspired piped-in tunes.

Finding It: 6645 S. Florida Ave. Suite 5 | Map

Good to Know: The owner’s Turkish heritage shows with a list of mezzes typical of Mediterranean countries.

Signature Dishes: Wood-fired pizza. It’s in the name, after all.

Service: There have been complaints about sloppy service online, but on our last visit experienced servers had returned and things went smoothly.

Menu online? Yes

Imbibing: A decent wine list with frequent specials on house wines. Domestics dominate the beer choices with a few crafts available.

Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options: Many of the Italian and Turkish dishes are meat-free. Gluten-free pizza crust is available.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 4.30 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday,  11.30 am to 10 pm

Digital: anticopizzeria.com | Facebook If you check the website from work, you might want to turn the volume down to avoid the automatic music on the home page.

People Are Talking: Yelp – 3.5/5 stars | TripAdvisor – 4/5 stars | The Ledger’s Eric Pera – 3.5/5 stars | Life in Lakeland | The Dish: Veg Out

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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