Pizza holds a prominent spot in the pantheon of family-dinner options alongside the other four dishes children will eat: nuggets, hot dogs, french fries, and anything molded into the shape of Mr. Peanut. Find food for the ficklest of broods with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza and Italian cuisine at Goodfella's in Plano.
Like a classical pianist pounding out concertos on a Korg synthesizer, Goodfella's dough jockeys toss and toast up traditional Italian cooking with old-world techniques in a lively, modern environment. These culinary creatives bake out a menu of entree and pasta offerings, as well as award-winning 12-inch pies sized for solo or shared scrumptiating. The pizza alla vodka unites seasoned mushrooms, peas, and prosciutto under a peaceful quilt of tomato cream sauce ($13), and the Sally pie sets itself apart with its garlic chicken, rosemary potatoes, cheddar-scallion, and cream sauce ($13). Patrons looking for gentler breaks from Sicilian standards tame their taste buds on plates of chicken marsala ($13.99 for dinner) or jumbo cheese ravioli ($9.99).
Even for those who have eaten at Goodfella's countless times, it can be a struggle to decide on what to order. After all, these folks know firsthand how diverse and delicious the menu is. First there's the fresh pastas paired with lobster sauce, shrimp, veal, and eggplant. Then there's the four-cheese risotto, the 20-ounce lamb shanks, and the sandwiches that bring a sense of gourmet artisanship to a casual lunch.
But for many, the main draw at Goodfella's is and shall remain the hickory-fired pizzas. Though a 900-degree oven melts the cheese and seals in the crust's flavor, the pizzas start their path to perfection long before they meet the oven's brick surface. It all begins with fine flour imported from Italy. This is combined with water, sea salt, and yeast to form a dough that's then hand-tossed and dressed with a sauce made daily from San Marzano tomatoes. Next, of course, comes the homemade hand-pulled mozzarella. The final result is a pie that approaches high art—even guests who opt for the pasta will sometimes order a pizza to take home and hang over their mantle.