Breaking bread is a bonding experience, encouraging new friendships while testing the strength of communal sledgehammers. Swing into sustenance with today's Groupon to Armand’s Pizzeria in Naperville. Choose between the following options:
For $16, you get a pizza dinner for two (up to a $33.95 value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $13 value)
- One 16-inch signature pizza or one 16-inch cheese pizza with up to two toppings (up to a $20.95 value)
For $24, you get a pizza dinner for four (up to a $49.95 value) that includes the following:
- Two appetizers (up to a $26 value)
- One 18-inch signature pizza or one 18-inch cheese pizza with up to two toppings (up to a $23.95 value)
With a flagship location that opened more than a half-century ago, Armand’s continues to populate its menu with thin-crust pizzas and authentic Italian fare fashioned from decades-old family recipes. Sidle up to slabs fit for two or four after choosing an appetizer such as the stuffed artichoke, a local favorite, or bushels of baked clams served by the half dozen that kick-start collective fork-jousts. A voluminous spread of toppings⎯including zucchini, kalamata olives, and artichoke hearts⎯rains across the thin-crusted shores of Armand’s authentic pies, merging with gooey floods of cheese and hailstorms of fresh Italian meats. Signature pies include Armand’s Special, which mingles homemade italian sausage with green peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and the Hawaiian’s fresh panoply of pineapple, bacon, ham, and diced ukuleles. Guests can double down on dough and add additional toppings for an added cost, and, although not included with today’s Groupon, imbibers can chug suds and spirits from Armand’s bar.
When childhood pals Michael Caringella and Armand Christopher bought Elmwood Park's Victory Tap in 1956, one of their first orders of business was determining whom their new establishment would be named after. In the end Michael won the deciding coin toss and, to dodge any complaints that might arise, slyly chose to dub their eatery Armand’s Victory Tap. With Armand’s original artwork gracing the walls and Michael’s decadent thin-crust pizza flying from the oven, the restaurant received far more compliments than criticisms; and although Armand sold his portion to Mike in the 1960s, the eatery—since renamed Armand's Pizzeria—still thrives today.
City dwellers and suburbanites alike can taste a slice of the original thin-crust pie at any of Armand's 10 locations. Though menus differ slightly at each eatery, all contain thin- or pan-crust pizzas crowned with an array of fresh toppings, ranging from ham, bacon, and pineapple to feta and kalamata olives to italian beef and spicy giardiniera. Beyond pizza, the chefs pull fresh-baked mozzarella mostaccioli from the oven, glaze baby back ribs with tangy barbecue sauce, and assemble hearty sandwiches from italian beef, italian sausage, and genuine italian leather.