Owned by two sisters and their husbands, West End Pizza Company kneads made-from-scratch dough and simmers secret sauces daily to craft an ever-fresh menu of homemade brick-oven pizzas and pastas. Signature pies include the barbecue chicken, which lassos the flavor of summer cookouts with barbecue sauce, red onion, and fresh cilantro ($20 for a large), and the West End, which sprinkles purple onions, black olives, and mushrooms upon a perfectly harmonized barbershop quartet of meats ($24 for a large). Patrons who prefer to build their own pizza ($15 for a large) slather sauces and toppings ($1.50 each) onto a light, hand-tossed Monopoly board, developing such properties as roma tomato railroads, alfredo avenues, jalapeño houses, and ritzy artichoke-heart hotels. Escorted by salad and garlic-knot groupies, the chicken or eggplant parmesan ($14), stuffed cheese ravioli ($13–$15), and lasagna ($14–$16) comprise the pasta VIP section—which, like the U.S. Chess Championship, garners the attention of ruthless paparazzi.
The friendly staff at Bella Luz aims to exponentially increase the confidence of its clientele via beautifying services administered in a lush spa environment. Potted flowers, a high ceiling, and woodsy artwork give the space an airy, natural vibe in which customers can sip on a selection of gourmet coffee and juice while bracing beauty nodules for imminent improvement.
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The traditional Italian pasta, steaks, and seafood on Ciola’s menu are crafted from family recipes passed down for more than 50 years. While sipping tomato-basil and minestrone zuppas ($3/cup, $5/bowl) and crunching a romaine-founded, red-wine-vinaigrette-drenched insalata di casa ($3/side, $6/entree), the tongue tap dances on a crispy stage. Since Italian eating would not be possible without nutritional noodles, Ciola’s submits various pastas for consumption. Slurp truffle-creamed ravioli al tartufo ($18) or shrimp linguine puttanesca ($16). Steaks and chops ($24–$28), pesce ($18–$22), and plenty of pollo e vitello ($15–$19) promise satisfaction to as many pabulum preferences as there are pizza-shaped constellations in the night sky.
Today's deal treats you to pizza made the way the 19th-century gangs of New York used to make it (before getting into vicious street brawls over the proper way to cook a pizza). For $20, you get $40 worth of coal-fired pizza, pasta, and Italian subs at Tony C's in the Hill Country Galleria. This cozy bare-brick eatery's pizza is "easily one of the top five in Austin," according to My Fox.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Although they both hail from the Mediterranean, pizza and falafel don't often appear on the same menu. Diners at Rome's Pizza, however, might be prompted to wonder why—it turns out it's quite possible for one kitchen to carry both dishes off nicely. In a 2004 review, the Current's Alejandro Pérez praised the pesto pizza's "light, crispy crust and full-bodied flavor" and the falafel sandwich's "hot, crisp patties."
This juxtaposition isn't the only surprise on the extensive menu. Sure, you can get red sauce and pepperoni atop your pie, but Rome's specializes in white pizzas slicked with olive oil, herbs, and smoked garlic. Strombolis and calzones fold in on themselves to make for a hearty meal or a high-powered alternative to a water balloon, and sandwiches and pasta display the same love of big portions and off-the-beaten-path ingredients. On the Mediterranean side of the menu, there are also staples such as dolmas, hummus, and gyros.