Without Italy's contribution to the culinary arts, pancakes, Frisbees, flying saucers, and other pizza-inspired classics might never have been born. Honor a victual visionary with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks from the Gaspare's Pizzeria Ristorante Bar location in San Rafael.
Gaspare's doles out family-style delectables in a relaxed, romantic atmosphere. The menu features traditional Italian entrees, such as chicken piccata with lemon and capers ($15.25) and farfalle with broccoli, pancetta, and caramelized onions (13.25). Patrons can also keep dinner two-dimensional with the tried-and-true pizza margherita ($11+) or the combo fantastico ($16+), boasting more meats and veggies than gladiatorial fanzines circulating Rome's Imperial Forum. For dessert, sample the homemade cheesecake or tiramisu ($4.95).
- Love the meat ravioli's and the chicken parm! The pizza is really good too! I really like the laid back atmosphere and the prices are very reasonable! – Anna S., Yelp
- If you can't make up your mind between an Italian restaurant or some gourmet pizza joint then you definitely got to take your appetite to Gaspare's Pizzeria. They definitely do a great job in both. – Mel B., Yelp
- Sicilian Pizza to bring you back again and again. Play your choice of music for free on the jukebox. – D, Yahoo! Local
Gaspare's Pizzeria Ristorante Bar
The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted Gaspare's Pizzeria Ristorante Bar in its "Pizza of the Week" feature in 2008, in part due to the cooks who "work the dough like artists" to create the 27 different pies. Owned and operated by Gaspare, Daniel, and Robin Indelicato since 1985, the flagship San Francisco location showcases a vintage flair. The dining room sports murals of Bay Area scenes and jukeboxes blasting Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tunes. There’s even a ceiling draped with grapevines and bottles of chianti, which the servers trained to think they are bats. A second location opened in San Rafael in 2007. For his menu of Italian cuisine, Gaspare draws on his upbringing in Siculiana, Sicily, baking pans of bubbling lasagna alongside pizzas such as the feta-flecked mediterranean special. To round out meals, Robin Indelicato bakes her signature New York–style cheesecake and Italian-style tiramisu, which patrons may pair with espresso or a glass of imported Italian wine.