For centuries, pizza and pasta battled for the title of Italy’s most beloved dish, an honor that was ultimately bestowed upon Sophia Loren. Cast your vote for the Boot’s best culinary creation with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Angelo's Pizza in West Des Moines.
At Angelo's Pizza, a menu teeming with italian sandwiches and thin-crust pizzas slake whetted appetites with hand-tossed dough baked in a pizza oven dating back to 1947. Angelo's breakfast pizza redefines the most important meal of the day without consulting Merriam-Webster, loading olives, onions, ham, cheddar cheese, and scrambled eggs atop a 16-inch crust ($19.49). The italian beef covering the thin-crust italian grinder pizza is buttressed by sliced banana peppers and chopped onions ($14.49–$18.49), and Angelo's italian hoagie showcases a medley of salami, bacon, and pepperoni stuffed into a steaming Rotella bread roll and covered in vegetables and melted mozzarella ($7.49). Every sandwich, regardless of fillings or political affiliation, comes accompanied by one of the restaurant's sides such as fries, onion rings, or coleslaw.
Angelo's Pizza's sunlit dining room fills with the aroma of thin crust pizzas baking and Cincinnati-style chili simmering. As specialty thin crust pies rise within a vintage 1947 oven, pots of what the Des Moines Register called "great melting pot chili" bubble on stoves. In the Cincinnati tradition, customers can order the sweet, thin concoction with cheese, spaghetti, diced onions, kidney beans, or shredded Ohio road atlases. Co-owner Mark Nicola brought the dish to the restaurant, drawing on his childhood devotion to the Cincinnati Reds and fondness for their home city's unusual breed of chili.
West Des Moines
1310 Grand Ave.
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265