New York Pizza and Pasta's crew of artisan pie throwers expertly flattens doughy canvases into bubbly discs of New York–style pizza. After applying a saucy glaze and a golden coat of cheese to the colossal 20-inch crust, chefs make emergency calls to Italy for ingredient replenishments as diners dig into a feast worthy of Caesar’s panic-room buffet. Toppings such as banana peppers, black olives, fresh basil, and eggplant, can be added to the pizza for $2.50 each, and specialty prosciutto or chicken toppings are available for $4.50 each. Though not included in this Groupon, an extensive menu of appetizers, subs, and entrees brings the tastes of Italy and New York to diners' tables without the inconveniences of cobbled streets or screaming cabbies. Two glasses of velvety house wine prepares the palate for the imminent cascade of cheese. Choose two glasses of house cabernet, merlot, chardonnay, pinot grigio, or white zinfandel.
The differences between Naples, Florida and Naples, Italy probably far outnumber the similarities. But during a visit to Moravela's, it's easy to forget that the distance between the two cities is some 5,000 miles, or approximately the length of 120,000 mozzarella sticks. The restaurant brings a slice of Italy to southwestern Florida, serving up gourmet pizzas and classic Italian dishes.
Chefs churn out veal, pasta, and seafood specialties for lunch and dinner throughout the week, including one particular dish that features clams, mussels, calamari, and whitefish all on the same plate. Additionally, the kitchen uses the freshest ingredients available to top more than a dozen different pizzas, such as the bianca, a pie built around garlic and three different types of cheese.
The pie purveyors at Oliveoil’s Pizza craft a menu brimming with authentic Italian fare. Dough artists shape 16-inch spheres, building them thin or thick, or tossing pies in the direction of moon gazers before slathering on sauce, cheese, and a choice of topping such as roasted garlic, gyro meat, sausage, or fresh mozzarella. Fingers grab at jumbo wings, saving a bit of buffalo, barbecue, or garlic-parmesan sauce for diligent wet-naps, or dipping cheese breadsticks in cups of bubbling soda to confuse friends and family. Guests can dine in, carry out, or have their spoils delivered for a $2 charge.
According to the Southwest Florida Barometer, Carmelo LaMotta was only 7 years old when his parents opened LaMotta’s. More than 30 years later, he’s taken over the reins and serves as both the restaurant’s owner and chef. LaMotta’s has gone through many changes over the years, but it has always remained dedicated to authentic Italian cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. To that end, the LaMotta family makes all the soups, dough, and sauces fresh every day, staying true to the recipes they brought over when they emigrated from Sicily. The resulting menu includes myriad pasta dishes, thin-crust New York–style pizzas, and a thoughtful font choice.
Chicago Pizza imports the spirit and flavors of the Windy City with a menu overflowing with authentic Chicago classics. Travel to the Second City with one bite of the savory hot italian-beef sandwich served with au jus ($6.99), or imagine the friendly confines of a Chicago hot dog, an all Vienna-beef dog hugging a dill-pickle spear and sport peppers in a poppy-seed bun, blanketed in mustard, relish, onion, and tomato ($3.50). Spicy-food addicts enjoy the reassuring feeling of fire mouth with jalapeño-pepper poppers filled with cool cream cheese ($5.25) or buffalo wings that come smothered in mild, medium, hot, barbecue, or Chicago Pizza's signature garlicky buffalo sauce (20 for $13.50). Empty tummies regretting their divorce with dinner can win back affection with a velvet-covered pizza box brimming with a 14-inch Chicago-style deep-dish pizza ($11.95), decorated in your favorite meat and vegetable toppings ($1.59¬–$1.99 per topping).