The carpenters of circular sustenance at Jolly Ollie's Pizza and Pub furnish guests with a varied menu of cheeseworks and more. Feel free to fill abdominal aquariums with the fish and chips appetizer, a platter of three lightly breaded cod filets flanked by steak fries ($5.99). Or commemorate cartoon ocular conditions with the Popeye pizza, which sails spinach leaves through rivulets of olive oil anchored by feta and mozzarella. Meanwhile, the Maui WoWee pizza boasts a doughy archipelago of pineapple, mushroom, and canadian bacon swathed in the warm embrace of melted cheese ($9–$17). Diners looking to bookend their ingredients instead can nosh grinders such as the tangy barbecue chicken ($6.95) and the veggie supreme, which comes drizzled in italian dressing ($6.95). Like Little League games or small-claims court hearings, guests' activities are best supplemented by a goblet of domestic beer ($2.25) or premium suds such as Fat Tire, Sam Adam, and Yuengling ($3; alcohol must be paired with a food item).
The family behind Fox's has furnished their community with Italian-American comfort food since 1971. Whether dining at the restaurant or chowing down at home with the help of delivery, take-out, or catering, customers sink their teeth into pies made from scratch. San marzano tomatoes transform into a saucy potion to prime pizza crusts for toppings. Next, pecornio romano cheese imported on a dough raft joins mozzarella and specialty cheeses such as cheddar in upping each pie's savory quotient. Guests can choose from classic toppings, such as beef or jalapeño, or opt for a specialty pie, including the double-meated Deluxe and the aptly named Steak Rancher, which includes both steak and ranch dressing. In addition to stromboli and sandwiches, non-pizza options include wings.
Brixx gratifies its guests with a menu of casual but carefully constructed fare highlighted by a selection of artisanal pizzas. Begin the belly-filling fun with an appetizer of bruschetta ($5.95), which forces garlic crostini to shoulder a load of marinated roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta (add blackened shrimp for $4). Or kick things off with the savory triple shot of wood-fired pita chips with three varieties of hummus ($5.95), providing the taste-bud equivalent of getting three birthday presents from the same forgetful grandparent. An array of finger-friendly sandwiches and a quartet of pastas set the stage for a variety of pizzas.
Castrillo's Pizza surrounds its kitchen with open boxes, ready to pack up its signature pizzas for takeout or delivery transit. The staff make traditional hand-tossed and thin crust dough before topping it with a variety of toppings. 10" gluten-free crusts are available. The menu also includes customizable calzones, chicken alfredo lasagna, and honey-barbecue chicken wings topped with brown sugar, barbecue sauce, and slices of pineapple. Patrons can carry their meals straight home or settle down to eat in the courtyard just outside Castrillo's front door. For lunch, patrons can get individual pizza slices from 11am to 2pm every day. Although not valid for this Groupon, patrons can order online for delivery.
At Taste of Italy, the menu replicates the authentic flavors of Italian cuisine. Select from a variety of pastas and entrees, such as veal parmesan with marinara sauce and mozzarella; cannelloni stuffed with beef, cheese, and spinach; and chicken florentino with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and artichokes. To fully accommodate the perfect night out, Taste of Italy is BYOB.
More than 25 years ago, chef GianCarlo Agnoletti founded a restaurant near Rimini, Italy, that took its inspiration directly from the nearby Adriatic Sea. Mussels, insalata di mare, and fresh-caught fish fueled GianCarlo's passion for northern Italian cuisine—until fate and circumstance carried him to Nashville, more than 4,500 miles from his native Italy, or roughly the length of the world's longest linguine noodle.
But on the arch-lined patio of his current culinary endeavor, Sole Mio, it's not hard to imagine oneself on a quaint Italian street. Aromas of handmade pasta and fresh sauces—all made to order—sweep over al fresco diners, while inside, waiters sidle up to white tablecloths to recommend bottles of wine or perhaps one of the restaurant's regularly changing entrees. Chefs design and cook these rotating dishes depending on the in-season ingredients, but they also whip up special fundraising dinners to support charitable causes such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.