Although Dante's Inferno depicted an underworld with layered circles of tormented souls, his Paradiso portrayed heaven as circles of cheese, pepperoni, and golden crust. Taste Italian masterpieces with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get a 16-inch one-topping pizza, spaghetti, breadsticks, and one pitcher of domestic beer, a half-carafe of wine, or one pitcher of soda at JoJo’s Pizza Kitchen (up to a $45.30 value). Redeem this Groupon at JoJo’s Chino Hills, Mira Loma, La Habra, or Mission Viejo locations.
JoJo’s patrons feast on fresh hand-tossed pizzas prepared to the rigorous specifications of a Sicilian family with more than 40 years of pie-preparing know-how. As two to four roommates, family members, or strangers you met on the bus look on in awe, JoJo's staff toss the homemade dough of each made-to-order pizza by hand, smothering it in freshly grated cheese and any of 16 toppings ranging from anchovies to classic pepperoni. The 16-inch pizza arrives alongside soft breadsticks topped with garlic butter and romano cheese, which can be pulled apart by fingers or dunked in ranch dressing with the aplomb of Scottie Pippen slamming down an innocent chicken nugget. Groups compete at twirling their forks around a portion of spaghetti rich in marinara sauce made from locally harvested tomatoes before the meal concludes with hearty draws from a half-carafe of house wine or a pitcher of draft beer. Although the Chino Hills location does not serve alcohol, customers can always substitute a pitcher of soda and watch the bubbles perform an underwater version of Swan Lake.
In addition to filling tummies, JoJo’s fills the coffers of neighborhood organizations, including hospitals, churches, and schools, with its effective fundraising events.
JoJo's Pizza Kitchen
Bonafede-family matriarch Anita started JoJo's Pizza Kitchen more than four decades ago, and her discerning taste for ingredients is still identifiable in the menu. Though her son Joe, who napped on flour sacks in the back of the restaurant as a child, now runs the eatery, fresh basil and plum tomatoes grown in Stanislaus County still release aromas that hint at sun-soaked furrows. Through a dining room window, guests catch glimpses of chefs tossing freshly risen dough for pizzas or smaller chefs for their adorable giggles. They grate fresh parmesan cheese as wine cooks slowly down with mushrooms on the stovetop and chicken marinates in lemon and garlic. Servers bustle past, filling glasses with house wines or draft beers.