A cheese pizza is a blank canvas, just waiting to be decorated with pepperoni to symbolize life, onions to symbolize sorrow, and pineapple to symbolize fruit. Eat something meaningful with today’s Groupon to Dante Pizzeria. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of rustic Italian fare and drinks for dinner.<p>
- For $5, you get $10 worth of rustic Italian fare for lunch.<p>
- For $5, you get $10 worth of rustic Italian fare for carry-out.<p>
At Dante Pizzeria, chef Nick Strawhecker calls upon his experience at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners to craft a rustic Italian menu featuring wood-fired pizza. Pizza professionals toss dough disks in accordance with Neapolitan culinary tradition, baking the pies in a wood-fired oven that burns at about 800 degrees Fahrenheit, the approximate body temperature of Chewbacca. The salsiccia pizza ($16) ferries grilled sausage, anaheim peppers, and homemade cheeses, and the Parma pizza ($13.50) totes prosciutto, arugula, tomato, and mozzarella. The dinner bell rings at 5 p.m., calling to attention homemade pasta, such as the oxtail and gnocchi with roasted mushrooms ($15) and pappardelle bolognese ($14), which combines pork, beef, and red wine. The wine list stars a distinguished cast of Italian wines, including Northern Italy’s 2009 Alois Legeder chardonnay ($9/glass; $36/bottle). For patrons who dine in, an indoor bocce court awaits, tempting eaters to ignore the age-old advice to wait 30 minutes before strategizing.