Families can agree on eating pizza for dinner, even if they're divided about whether the moon is a satellite or the earth’s malformed twin. Come to a toothsome dinnertime consensus with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a three-course pizza dinner at Miceli's Italian Restaurant, with locations in Hollywood and Universal City (up to a $40.95 value). The three courses include:
- One appetizer (up to a $10.50 value)
- One large tossed green dinner salad (a $7.95 value)
- One large specialty pizza (up to a $22.50 value)
Miceli's Italian Restaurant's family recipes traveled to Los Angeles from Sicily, immediately sating the city's thirst for authentic Italian fare and continuing to woo diners for more than 60 years. The menu whets palates with classic appetizing acts such as tender melon wrapped in prosciutto and a harmonious trio of salami, olives, and cheese. Harpoon a tossed green dinner salad with the help of blue cheese and thousand-island or ranch dressing to ingest the secrets of photosynthesis. Miceli's Special pie frolics to the dinner table festooned in layers of salami, pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs, and another pizza variety might ladle itself with spicy marinara, slip into a ranch-dressing and buffalo-chicken robe, and saunter onto waiting plates.
Crooning servers complement meals with cheerful tunes, and pie-eyed celebrity visitors including Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Julia Roberts gaze in admiration as the venerable crusts make their rounds through the restaurant signing autographs and leaving red kiss-marks on the faces of delighted children.
Miceli's Italian Restaurant
From its generations-old recipes to its renowned singing waiters, Miceli's Italian Restaurant is steeped in tradition. The father of the current owners moved to California after World War II, bringing with him two brothers, two sisters, and a host of family recipes from Sicily. Beginning in 1949, they helped to introduce pizza to the old Hollywood crowd in a boisterous space with a detailed mural of a rural Italian scene. Celebrity sightings became a Miceli's tradition; the restaurant has been a rumored hotspot for stars past and present including Lucille Ball, the Beatles, and Marilyn Monroe, who loved pizza and helped to teach America that some people like it hot.
Joe Miceli now owns and operates two locations with his brother Frank, a trained chef. Stained-glass windows add to the eatery's welcoming family atmosphere as diners sit around tables in ornate wooden chairs. A collection of wine bottles hangs over tables loaded with specialties such as pizza with bay shrimp and fresh garlic or creamy pesto fettuccine with a signature romano-cheese sauce. As they deliver bottles of wine from as nearby as Napa and as far away as Tuscany, the wait staff sings classic Italian arias, show tunes, and all nine verses of the birthday song.