Before the invention of computer graphics, ancient Romans used pizzas as pie charts, sizing slices to represent the rankings of top gladiators. Consume a piece of mathematical history with today’s Groupon: for $15, you’ll get $30 worth of pizza, beverages, and more at Coco Bamboo in Jefferson.
Coco Bamboo takes the traditional concept of Italian American pizza joints and whisks it away to a tropical tiki wonderland with a menu full of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and smoothies. Breaded mozzarella sticks ($5) or a small avocado and asparagus salad served with a slice of pita bread and artichoke hearts ($5.75) pad gullets for the impending deluge of grub or errant falling coconuts. Pizza purists can pummel a classic dough disk, such as the minimalist tomato, basil, and pesto-topped margarita (14", $17.25), and palate pushers can nosh on the muffaletta, mounded with ham, pepperoni, salami, mortadella, and olive mix, and also available with a wheat crust (16", $21). Spinach alfredo lasagna ($11.75) or a voodoo smoked house sandwich stacked with chicken or shrimp, barbecue sauce, onions, and melted cheese ($7.75) appeal to carbo-loaders.
Fruit fiends, light lunchers, and tree-dwelling marsupials may find sipping solace in an avocado or banana smoothie, with the option to add wheat germ ($4.25). Domestic ($3) and imported ($4) beers, wine by the glass ($4.25), as well as caipirinhas, a concoction of cachaca, sugar, and lime ($6), invite leisurely carousing in the cozy space, full of palm plants and brick and hardwood accents.
Coco Bamboo infuses traditional Italian fare and pizzas with tropical flair in an extensive menu of freshly prepared edibles. Fourteen-inch specialty pizzas, assembled atop dough made daily, arrange toppings into symphonies of flavor on par with Mozart's Pepperoni Fugue #2; a Volcano chicken or shrimp pizza ignites palates with hot sauce and optional jalapeños, and the Tikis Supreme heaps Italian sausage, green peppers, and five other toppings onto a sturdy base. Coco Bamboo's chef whips up sauce from scratch for each pizza and offers a wheat-crust alternative upon request.
Salads are also served with tropical flair at Coco Bamboo, which uses unique ingredients such as mandarin poppy seeds, kalamata olives, and coco bamboo dressing in their Avocado and Asparagus, Spinach and Melon, and Crazy Nuts salads. Sandwiches and wraps conceal permutations such as the Voodoo smoked house built around seasoned chicken or shrimp or the Tropical, which combines grilled chicken with pineapple and avocado.
To augment savory flavors, sip on a smoothie, which pulverizes fruits from raspberries to mangos to avocados, or a Caipirinha cocktail, an elixir of cachaca rum accented with sugar and lime. Colorful potted palms and plants sprout up in the corners of the warmly hued pizzeria, flanking a large flat-screen TV and nonchalantly cuddling up near tables to try and steer conversations toward the constitutional rights of bonsai trees.