Teenagers idolize pizza due to its portable nature and refusal to stay in a box, man. Eat your way to independence with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Candelari’s Pizzeria. This Groupon is valid at the Washington Avenue and Memorial Drive locations in Houston.
From simple beginnings as a sausage company, Candelari's Pizzeria shapes and bakes a menu of crispy pies and Italian favorites, many featuring Candelari's flagship sausages and optional gluten-free crusts. Thin, 12-inch Euro-style pizzas stack classic ingredients into delightful combinations, such as the Salsiccia ($11) adorned with coarse Italian-style sausage, roasted grape tomatoes, and goat cheese or the Prosciutto e Rucula's ($13) sheets of savory prosciutto hidden in a forest of truffled arugula. Rippling glasses of water herald the approach of the thick-crust T-Rex pizza ($16 for 12"), rewarding carnivores with a bounty of Italian-style and adouille sausage, ground sirloin, pepperoni, and canadian bacon. Plates of pesto gamberi ($12) coat fettuccine pasta with rich pesto and a liberal sprinkling of fresh tomatoes and prosciutto-wrapped shrimp. Although the salads ($7+), toasty calzones ($9+), and hot sandwiches ($7–$8) play second fiddle to the pizza stars, their titillating tastes still engage even the most discerning of palates and draconian music teachers.
Since co-founding Candelari's Sausage Company in 1993, Michael May has been rightfully known as the "King of Sausages." But after studying the art of crust making under artisan bakers, May decided to push the boundaries of his culinary realm into the land of pizza. He polished his recipes, tamed an oven-dwelling dragon, and teamed up with his business partner and fellow Bellaire High School alum Greg Wheeler to found Candelari's Pizzeria. Today, chefs at the haven's five locations top thin-crust Neapolitan and hearty deep-dish pies with mushrooms, roast chicken, fresh basil, and plenty of Candelari family-recipe sausage—each bite of which mingles peppery spices with notes of liqueur.
Besides pies, Candelari's serves diners lunches of meatball sandwiches and sopressata paninis, and hearty dinners of baked lasagna, penne rustica, and sautéed chicken. Patrons dine-in to pair their Italian smorgasbords with European and Californian vino, or order online for convenient pick-up and delivery service.