Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a decapitated sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with this Groupon.
$39 for a Painting-and-Pizza-Making Class ($79.99 Value)
Classes commence with two hours of painting instruction at VisArts, where teachers provide each student with a partially sketched canvas upon which they will apply their own Italian-inspired brushstrokes. After that, pupils cross the square to Oro Pomodoro for a tutorial in making and eating wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Classes will be offered Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The chefs at Oro Pomodoro have earned the right to call themselves "pizzaioli," or pizza makers, by upholding the traditions set forth by the Neapolitan authorities on pie creation. Their wood-burning brick ovens are set precisely to Vesuvius-like temperatures, their dough is blended just so, and their ingredients all meet strict standards for authenticity and freshness. Like actors wearing white shirts in detergent commercials, they liberally sprinkle San Marzano tomato sauces, mozzarella di bufala, prosciutto, kalamata olives, and fistfuls of sun-dried tomatoes. That same palette of time-tested Italian ingredients lends itself to appetizers and pastas for lunch and dinner.