In a small town outside of Naples, Italy, Nonna Lina lured passersby into her trattoria with the aroma of fresh tomato sauce and wood-oven-baked pizzas. Stateside, her sons uphold their mother’s culinary legacy, preparing her recipes from scratch with imported Italian ingredients. In addition to the authentic cuisine, the dining room itself hearkens back to an Italian eatery: guests order from chalkboard menus propped atop wooden barrels, and red-and-white-checkered tablecloths invite diners to play endless games of chess with condiments.
The cooks at Orderup focus on the classics: burgers, fries, and shakes. Wielding hand-pressed patties, they craft signature burgers such as the La Bomba, which comes with cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg on a buttered bun, or versions with chicken, pork, and fish. The menu also showcases more than 10 shake flavors, including Mexican vanilla, banana, and nutella. Sides of honey-coconut sweet potato fries or serrano cheese fries round out a meal.
The chefs at Stouts Pizza Co. knead handmade dough and let it rise for 12 hours every day before baking it into New York–style pizzas in their stone ovens. Stouts Pizza’s craftspeople transform 16-inch pies into canvases painted with 100% mozzarella cheese, homegrown-tomato sauce, and toppings such as Texas pepperoni, mushrooms, artichokes, canadian bacon, and fresh basil. The cheerful yellow dining room gives diners room to sip free refills of soda, and kids can avenge spelling-bee defeats in the game room.
Mesón European Dining combines authentic flavors from across the Atlantic and won a San Antonio Express Reader’s Choice award for doing it well. The eatery's chefs fuse Spanish and Italian culinary designs to complement its specialty in French fare, splashing cuts of chicken, steak, seafood, and pasta in epicurean sauces. Tableside preparations of coffee and banana flambé serve as beguiling, appropriate restaurant performances, unlike poorly memorized monologues from the third act of the Friends series finale. Drinks pour forth from the full bar, and the Mesón team particularly takes pride in hospitably hosting celebrations. A separate private room accommodates formal congregations for candlelit meals, set upon elegant table linens offset by understated centerpieces.
Amid GameTown Pizza's mélange of arcade consoles and analog challenges, chefs sculpt dough for New York–style pizzas and ensconce zesty ingredients within calzones and strombolis before baking them golden on sizzling pizza stones. The bustling game room challenges competitors to bouts of air hockey, basketball, and invigorating redemption games, whose ribbons of tickets garner well-earned trips to the prize counter. Party planners can host savory shindigs within the arcade's private party room, whose whimsical yellow walls display flat-screen TVs ideal for celebratory slideshows and virtual-reality birthday cakes alike.
Putting together a volleyball squad is not only a fantastic way to sweat out excess undigested burgers, but it will also help you meet new people and exercise your competitive drive. The games begin Monday, May 17, or Wednesday, May 19, and last for seven weeks, including playoffs. Depending on the turnout, there will be up to three games a night, with the first starting at 7 p.m. and the last wrapping up by 10 p.m. Your Groupon covers the entire season, so the normally required deposit fee is waived.