MIAMI (CBS4) – Buon appetito! A local chef has brought the amazing taste of Italy to South Florida, all at cheap eat prices.

“We have a little buffalo mozzarella and we have beautiful salami,” Chef Angelo Elia told CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo.

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Acclaimed chef Elia makes his signature pizza with the passion of a man who truly loves his job.  This Italian born and raised restaurateur has six restaurants in South Florida.

“I work seven days a week, I still love doing what I do. I’m up at six in the morning.  I put a lot of effort in both,” said Elia.

At his Casa D’Angelo restaurants guests find sophisticated fine Italian dining for a special night out. In Weston, at his newest venture D’Angelo Pizza Tapas and Wine bar, Elia uses authentic Tuscan style ingredients for his casual-hip eatery for those on a budget.

“We have guests that come four to five days a week, so you can have a beautiful dinner for $15 to $20 a person,” said Elia. “The way the economy is going on today, I think that’s the way to go.”

Chef Elia sticks the pizza into a oven at 700 degrees and in three minutes its done.

Despite its sizzling ‘ooey, gooey’ good looks, Elia said his pizza is still a light meal.

“It’s light. In Italy at night time it’s what we do every night, we have a pizza and enjoy,” said Elia.

It’s the authentic Tuscan Italian ingredients in the pizza and all the dishes at D’Angelos that mattes most to this strict chef.

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“I’m the kind of person, I didn’t use regular water to make pizza, I use bottledwater to make the pizza light. I use double zero flour only to make the pizza.” said Elia.

Petrillo got a chance to sample the food.

“A true Italian pizza” she said. . “Very light, flaky. It’s messy but good really good.”

Elia also brought out a few more dishes like a Burata cheese plate with grilled figs.

“This is jealousy time and I get it, “said Petrillo. “That’s a dessert. Wow”

What’s an Italian restaurant without a veal and pecorino cheese meatball?

“Woah, it melts in your mouth- the meatball melts in your mouth,” said Petrillo.

Elia also produces a chardonnay from Sardinia called Jankara that is sold at the restaurant.

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For more information about Chef Elia’s ‘molto gustoso’ pizza visit dangelopizza.com

Lisa Petrillo