Pizza presents a geometrical anomaly, since turning a circle into a triangle or square is usually only possible in the pizza hut of a shape shaman. Enjoy delicious shape shiftery with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pasta, pizza, and pours at Felix and Oscar's Restaurant and Pub, valid at both of its two convenient locations.
Inside Felix and Oscar's warm abode, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza pans fill up with Italian classics that quickly disappear again, forming a poetically cheesy circle of life. Warm up tongues for pie eating with hot jalapeño cheese bread, topped with melted pepper-jack cheese and jalapeño peppers ($5.50). For appetites still unready to fully engage, order some of the inaptly titled "nasty fries": waffle fries topped with italian grinder meat, pepper-jack cheese, and jalapeños, so named because Felix and Oscar like to keep them to themselves ($6.95).
Come pizza time, choose from a variety of attractive additions, such as Hormel pepperoni, alfredo sauce, sauerkraut, or green olives. A three-topping deep-dish satisfies four to five pie holes ($24.80), or set up savory camp under a tent of extra-melted mozzarella ($28.70 for a three-topping). The baked cavatelli is a simple yet satisfying combination of sauce and cheese akin to an evening with your lovable, wisecracking drunk uncle ($12.95). A pint of draft Boulevard Wheat or a seasonal Sam Adams ale ($4.50 each) chases pizza with boozy bravado. Culinary cadets get a menu their own size (each item is $5.25), flanked with smiley fries blissfully unaware of what's coming for them. Since Chicago-style pizzas bake for about half an hour, those who plan to dine-in can call ahead to expedite orders. View the full menu on Felix and Oscar's website.
Felix and Oscar’s
Even with Chicago's skyline some 300 miles away up I-80, the taste of Felix and Oscar’s deep-dish pizzas seem to bring it into focus. Its chefs pile up to 15 toppings on their authentic Windy City–style pies, layering Hormel bacon, pepperoni, and Graziano’s italian sausage beside less traditional add-ons, such as sauerkraut or shrimp. They ladle housemade meat sauce atop regular or gluten-free pasta and supplement their comestibles with imported beers and California wines. For diners on the go, Felix and Oscar’s allows customers to place their orders ahead of time to reduce the time they have to wait in the seating area. The pie-smiths also keep galas well fed with their in-house party rooms or offsite catering.