A perfect table setting requires pristine linens and polished cutlery, except at off-Broadway pizzerias, where waiters set every table in postapocalyptic Vienna. Avoid avant-garde eating with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Michaelangelo's Pizza in Franklin.
The pie pros at Michaelangelo's Pizza nimbly massage house-made dough until it is evenly spread into the restaurant's signature thin crust. Pizza-and-toppings permutations include specials as diverse as the garden-kissed veggie supreme ($15.75 for 13") and the Butcher Shop, which decks 15-inch disks with four kinds of meat ($19.25). The menu also includes Italian staples such as cheese ravioli ($8.45) and italian-sausage sandwiches swathed with a special sauce ($6.25). Pizzas usually require around 30 minutes of oven time, so the restaurant suggests that customers call ahead to perfectly time their zesty rendezvous or count the minutes with Michaelangelo's kindly staffers, who offer customers appetizers and oven ultrasound imaging of soon-to-be-born pizzas.
Since 1981, the ovens of Michaelangelo's Pizza have produced piping-hot pizzas piled with a variety of toppings. Sausage, pepperoni, olives, and pineapple arrive on delectable thin crusts. Meanwhile, pasta sauces coat lasagna, spaghetti, and ravioli. Steak sandwiches, hamburgers, and meatball sandwiches pair well with beers such as Peroni, Heineken, and Miller.