For centuries, pizza and pasta battled for the title of Italy’s most beloved dish, an honor that was ultimately bestowed upon Sophia Loren. Cast your vote for the Boot’s best culinary creation with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of pizza and Italian fare at Happy Pizza in Manteca.
Happy Pizza's friendly pizza slingers craft a variety of authentic Sicilian-style pies. Creative flavor forgers can sate stomachs with slices of their own making, starting with basic cheese pizzas ($8.99 for a medium) and piling on toppings ($0.50+ each), such as bacon, chorizo, artichoke hearts, or pepperonis in the shape of the _Mona Lisa_’s head. Gourmet pizzas ($17.99 for a large) arrive prestyled in neat packages, such as the Meat Lovers, a cavalcade of six different meats, or the chicken club, whose creamy white garlic sauce accommodates grilled chicken, roasted garlic, and fresh veggies. Specialty calzones such as the hawaiian ($7.99) please origami-folding enthusiasts, and portions of meat lasagna ($6.99) reveal their layers of flavors and nagging existential quandaries to willing excavators.
After spending some time working in franchise restaurants, the family behind Happy Pizza set out to create their own restaurant emphasizing fresh, house-made Sicilian and American fare not often found in big chains. Thick, thin, or original golden crusts tossed to order support delicious layers of the family's original marinara, pesto, or creamy white garlic sauces. House-made meat sauce blankets hearty helpings of spaghetti, and a drizzle of cinnamon or garlic butter elevates golden spheres of pizza dough to a level of culinary bliss previously reserved for Cookie Monster.
1166 E Yosemite Ave.
Manteca, California 95336