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: for $8, you get $16 worth of Brazilian pizza and casual American fare at Friend's Pizzeria.
The culinary artisans at Friend's Pizzeria intermingle traditional Brazilian flavors with familiar casual American fare to craft gourmet burgers and pizzas. Nimble hands stretch homemade dough into 12-inch, 14-inch, or 16-inch pizza canvases ($6.95–$8.95) onto which customers can create their own topping combinations ($1.49–$1.99 each) or cubist self-portraits. Gourmet specialty pizzas include the Fiorentina that boasts a jumble of catupiry cheese, chicken, and corn ($9.95–$14.95), or the large brazilian four-cheeses pizza named after its gooey quartet of mozzarella, provolone, catupiry, and ricotta ($9.95–$14.95). Diners can eschew flat-food supremacy by getting vertical with any one of a dozen scrumptiously stacked burgers, such as the Guloso burger that creates an unlikely fraternity of beef, chicken, ham, potato skins, and peas. The eatery remains open late on weekends to accommodate midnight cravings for classic italian subs and desserts, or reward successful moonlight streakers.
The tempting and decidedly not-fast-food aromas of sizzling gaucho-style meats, mozzarella, and Brazilian catupiry cheese emanate from Friend’s Pizzeria’s brick oven. The pizzeria’s chefs deftly combine Italian and Brazilian influences with a menu of more than 20 gourmet pizzas. In addition to traditional pies, Friend’s whips up its specialty fusion pizzas, which blend Latin American flavors such as shrimp, green olives, or tangy and soft catupiry cheese. Towering Brazilian Monster burgers challenge diners and tightly fastened bow ties to accommodate their hefty portions of sirloin steak, potato skins, and eggs. After placing orders at a walk-up counter, diners nosh in a dining room festooned with Brazilian- and Italian-flag prints, line drawings of city scenes, and patriotic green and yellow walls.