Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Oliveto in Tyler, Texas.
Drawing inspiration from the regional cuisine of Tuscany, Oliveto's chefs pop pizzas with daily-made dough into a brick oven, season house-made pasta sauces with fresh herbs, and hand cut fresh lettuce and vegetables for gourmet salads. The menu's baked pizza disks arrive piping hot and slathered in one of four different sauces and a choice of more than a dozen toppings, including artichokes and jalapeño bacon. Patrons can also order a signature pie such as the thai pizza, topped by peanut sauce and chicken ($9.50), and debate whether or not the Amoré ($9.50) pizza's tomato sauce is mixed with a love potion. Pasta dishes ($8.25–$11.75) mingle noodles with slices of poultry, seafood, and sausage, and servers deliver hearty brick-oven entrees ($12–$15) tableside in sizzling cast-iron skillets. Though this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, imported beers on tap, specialty drinks, and 20 wines costing less than $20 pair with the savory dishes.
Mazzio's Italian Eatery
Mazzio's Italian Eatery's staff rolls out a buffet for lunch and dinner populated with tasty Italian cuisine that they also serve à la carte. The restaurant's staff has been perfecting its culinary modus operandi for more than 50 years, long enough to evolve the pizza selection to include three levels of thickness. Chefs bake standard, deep-dish, and thin crusts—available in gluten-free form—and load each with toppings such as caramelized onions and giant pepperoni. The kitchen makes pasta plates to order, some baked in the oven, such as lasagna, and some tossed in sauce, such as the mainstay spaghetti and meatballs. The signature calzone radiates the ambrosial scent of pizza dough stuffed with meat and cheese, and it's meant to be shared, unlike a pogo stick.
3709 Troup Hwy.
Tyler, Texas 75703