Historians agree that Western Civilization reached its apex in Italy—either during the Renaissance or with the creation of the pizza. Feast on Italian genius with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, other Italian favorites, and more at Palio’s. This Groupon is good at seven locations (listed in the sidebar) and can be used toward dine-in, takeout, or delivery.
The artisans of circular delight at Palio’s use fresh ingredients and minor sorcery to produce a menu of creative, gourmet pizzas. The pies earned the restaurant an award for best pizza in Frisco by the readers of Real Frisco. Palio’s specializes in thin-crust pizzas that remain delightfully crispy. Dough is made from scratch using high-protein, red-bran, spring-harvested wheat. Carefully selected, vine-ripened tomatoes of disturbingly perfect dimensions go into the all-natural marinara and pizza sauces, sharing pie space with other farm-fresh ingredients.
Palio's features gourmet pre-concocted pies ($8.99 small, $11.99 medium, $13.99 large, $17.99 extra large) plus build-your-own roundies that start with a plain pie ($6.19 small, $7.99 medium, $9.99 large, $11.99 extra large) that can be enhanced with creative toppings ($0.80–$1.20 each). Toppings include familiar favorites such as sausage and pepperoni, in addition to gourmet options including serrano chilies, baby spinach, cashews, and fresh spinach. Palio's specialty pies are available for those suffering from pizza block. The classic comes with roasted chicken, roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and other gourmet ingredients. Grace’s is a rich combination of alfredo sauce, roasted chicken, fresh veggies, and cheeses. The king is deliciously weighted down with pepperoni, sausage, canadian bacon, and fresh veggies.
If food shaped like Frisbees doesn't appeal to you, Palio’s offers plenty of other homemade Italian treats. Try a pasta dish ladled with homemade sauce, such as the excellent baked ziti with marinara or meat sauce ($8.99). Palio’s salads, exploding with color and stocked with farm-fresh produce, include the caesar ($3.99), roasted chicken ($5.99), and more. Or come in for lunch during the week and try the lunch special ($7.99), which comes with a fresh chopped salad, drink, and a choice of pizza, sandwich, pasta, or calzone.
A cozy, small-restaurant setting, Palio’s makes customers feel at home with a staff that can portray your parents by request. The manager greets all guests at the door, and friendly servers will help you decide the perfect topping combination for your pizza. Staff at this BYOB restaurant is also happy to pop open whatever spirit you might bring, with no corking fee.
Palio's Pizza Cafe
The pizza makers at Palio's Pizza Cafe crown regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free crusts with fresh vegetables, preservative-free sauce, and roasted chicken. Chefs take the burden of putting together the best toppings with 17 specialty pizzas that pair gourmet ingredients such as artichoke hearts, roasted chicken, and fresh basil pesto. Ovens create bubbling pies, stuffed calzones, baked ziti, and italian sub sandwiches that servers carry through both chic, cozy locations. Leather-lined booths and flat-screen televisions keep diners comfortable and entertained while they enjoy Palio's BYOB policy and sip wine or Capri Sun pouches brought from home.