While eating at home gives a person dishes to wash, eating at a restaurant gives a person an excuse to miss speed-reading class. Slow down and enjoy a good meal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian and Serbian fare at Intermezzo Pizzeria & Café.
The chefs at Intermezzo Pizzeria & Café concoct an array of Italian and Serbian dishes using handmade mozzarella cheese, pizza dough, pasta, and bread, infused with the equally fresh flavors of homegrown herbs. The quattro formaggi hand-tossed dough disk ($11.50 for 10" pizza; $17.50 for 16" pizza) is weighed down with parmesan, provolone, romano, and mozzarella cheeses, and the grilled chicken sandwich ($9.25) weighs down tongues with hearty tastes from a hickory-wood-burning grill. Traditional Serbian dishes include karadjordjeva, pan-seared ham and kajmak schnitzel served with skillet potatoes and tartar sauce ($13.95), and stuffed peppers, featuring a medley of ground beef, rice, onions, and tomato sauce ($11.95) waiting to burst out of its vegetable casing like a guest at a surprise retirement party. Patrons can sit outside to wrap their lungs around fresh air while dining or anchor themselves indoors to ogle walls laden with the work of local artists.
Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe
At Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe, brothers Branko and Djordje Avramovic draw patrons to their European–style eatery with fresh, hand-tossed pizzas and Serbian family recipes passed down from their grandmother. Their kitchen contains no freezer or microwave, ensuring the staff cooks all meats and melts all toy army soldiers by hand. In keeping with this commitment to freshness, they also grow their own herbs and create their own mozzarella, bread, and pastas from scratch. These top-notch ingredients assemble in dishes such as Balkan-style pizzas stuffed with ham and sour cream and eggplant musaka, which guests can devour on an outdoor patio overlooking Charlotte's skyline.