If you've never had authentic New York–style pizza, then what you think is pizza might in fact be a cunningly disguised pretzel. Today's Groupon clears up the confusion: for $12, you get $25 worth of New York–style brick-oven pizza and Italian fare at Georgios Pizza and Pasta in Rochester.
Georgios Pizza and Pasta's pie slingers hand toss their dough daily and slap a slew of veggies and meats on top to build a menu of New York–style brick-oven pizzas. The meat lover's pizza ($12.50+) features enough pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, and bacon to make diners grow another pair of canine teeth, and the gourmet Susie's Brooklyn Special ($12.50+) gussies up an alfredo-sauce base with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, and mozzarella. Customers can order any pie they like in the thicker, squarer Sicilian style, such as the spicy Italian Stallion ($19.95) or Louie's Loaded Pie ($20.50), or they can sample an assortment of styles and flavors with the slice of the day ($3.75). Stuffed calzones, bowls of pasta, and sub sandwiches round out the menu, and cannoli and New York cheesecake ($2.95 each) end the meal on a sweeter note than an episode of Full House.
Georgio's Pizza & Pasta
Carved wooden pizza chefs stand sentry outside Georgio's Pizza & Pasta's white-brick storefront, heads tilted back as if tracking the trajectory of the dough their human counterparts mix fresh each day and hand toss for each order. A brick oven toasts the crusts and melts ricotta and fresh mozzarella over toppings such as kalamata olives, pine nuts, and philly steak. Sicilian-style pies transform their components into thicker, four-cornered mozzarella monoliths that slide neatly into a standard briefcase, and complementary flavors unfold in overstuffed pastas and subs.