Before pizza, college kids simultaneously cured hunger and procrastination by eating their homework assignments. Bite into less arduous flavors with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Florentine Pizzeria Ristorante and Sports Bar. This Groupon is valid for the Grand Rapids and Belmont locations.
Florentine Pizzeria Ristorante and Sports Bar's chefs concoct robust Italian entrees from scratch, and servers deliver them in a lively interior dining area lined with 12 TVs. Opt for a pizza from Florentine's extensive menu, which catalogs personalized pies ($7.99+), piled with fresh toppings and buttressed with Chicago-style, hand-tossed, or gluten-free crust. Alternatively, diners can dive into a seafood grilled pizza ($9.99), topped with a trio of seafood and crisped over an open flame. Imported Italian pasta, such as seven-cheese lasagna ($10.99)—with one cheese for each European who stays home during the World Cup—tangos passionately with attention-hungry cutlery, and stuffed chicken scallopini protectively bear hugs capicola ham and melted cheese. Florentine rounds out its savory selection with thick subs and eclectically topped burgers, including a pesto-kissed bruschetta burger ($8.49).
The Uccello family jazzes each of the Florentine locations with live music, trivia, and karaoke, as large-screen televisions broadcast competitive sports such as baseball or cardigan-sewing racing.
Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar
Although Davide and Daniele Uccello were just 19 and 24 years old respectively when they opened Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar, they've exceeded others' expectations with the success of their restaurant. Born in Sicily, the brothers serve a mixture of Italian, American, and Italian-American dishes, some of which incorporate ingredients from Krupp Farms, Sunrise Bakery, and other local merchants. Diners can either order separate entrees, such as seven-cheese lasagna or 8-ounce sirloins, or enjoy the weekday lunch buffet featuring Flo's signature favorites, including sausage and peppers, chicken parmesan, and pizzas topped with fresh ingredients. Ice-cold glasses of beer also complement pies crafted with a variety of crust styles, including thick, think, or Chicago-style. Meals end with sweet treats such as Nutella pizza or an after drink, such as the Triple Treat Tiramisu–a decadent blend of espresso vodka, Rum Chata, marscarpone creme, and ice cream.