Ancient Romans knew that in a perfect world, all inanimate objects would be edible, which explains why the empire fell after consuming mass quantities of bow ties. Snack on quotidian items with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Italian fare at Lizzano’s Pizza in Euless.
Lizzano’s Pizza is a full-service Italian restaurant that slings a menu of Southern Italian favorites and New York–style thin-crust pies. Friendly servers hand off a lengthy menu of Italian chew toys, including mozzarella cheese sticks ($4.95) and antipasto salads ($5.25). Pasta entrees such as the manicotti ($5.95) and baked ziti ($5.95) follow in hot pursuit, supplementing specialty pizzas such as the spinach-, mushroom-, and artichoke-topped Florentine pizza ($12.95 for a 12 inch) and sandwiches such as the sausage parmigiana ($5.95) or cold salami sub ($5.95). Diners who prefer highchairs and cartoons can decorate the surrounding floor with a kiddy portion of cheese ravioli ($3.99), and parental units can console themselves with a slice of black forest cheesecake ($2.50).
At Lizzano's Pizza, the servers prefer that you bring your own drinks. They view their BYOB policy as a boon, not a financial burden, opining that diners who supply the wine tend to immerse themselves more fully in the eating experience. They've even compiled a list of libation recommendations based on popular choices at other restaurants, and they provide glasses and wine openers for patrons while eschewing any corkage fees.
This emphasis on neighborly behavior tints the restaurant's entire atmosphere, as well as its menu, which prioritizes southern Italian staples. Owner Tony Rika—who perfected his pizza-making techniques in both Rome and New York City—takes a hands-on approach to his cuisine, handmaking the marinara sauce, hand tossing the pizza dough, and high-fiving each of his fellow cooks while the disk is in the air. The staff delivers entrees such as chicken parmigiana and beef lasagna beneath the nigh-silent rotations of the dining room's gyrofan—an eye-catching ceiling piece that mimics models found on early trains and ocean liners. Around the tables, pictures of Italian landscapes complement the authentic flavors of housemade marsala and piccata sauces and seasonal specials that could include everything from mussels linguine to rich chocolate bread pudding.