Research shows that people who have never eaten an authentic thin-crust pizza are far more likely to get conned by street vendors selling pizza that is actually a cunningly disguised pretzel. Today's Groupon clears up the confusion: for $15, you get $30 worth of pizza, pasta, and American fare at Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria in Aurora.
The dough slingers at Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria help patrons design custom pies with a menu documenting more than 25 toppings, alongside a piping-hot panoply of Italian-American comfort cuisine. Pie eaters begin by selecting between a light, flaky thin crust and a double-dough variation that adds a slightly thicker foundation and a beautiful hand-rolled edge ($10.99+). Meaty add-ons such as pepperoni and canadian bacon fortify meals with a proteinous punch, spicy jalapeños add heat, and artichoke hearts transform every cheesy slice into an edible valentine ($0.85+ each). House-made meat sauce cascades over salvers of spaghetti and baked mostaccioli ($7.50+), and, just like the all-American texan burger’s house-made barbecue sauce ($6.99), comes flavored with the most important ingredient of all: patriotism. Nine sandwiches, including a signature strip-steak creation ($7.99), assuage cravings for handheld eats, and the cinnamon-coated Xango’s cheesecake roll scrawls an appetizing epilogue across the evening’s menu.
Papa Saverio's Pizza
In the four decades since the first Papa Saverio’s opened its doors, the pizzeria has expanded to more than 20 locations but stayed true to the family recipes its founders brought from Italy. As a tribute to their long paddle across the Atlantic, a Venetian gondola wraps around the pizzeria’s logo; though the boat’s five-pronged prow has become its signature of sorts, it’s Saverio’s oven-baked pies that continue to earn the eatery new fans. Guests can choose from a menu of specialty pizzas or create their own from more than 25 toppings and five crusts, including a double-stuffed crust that nearly bursts with melted cheese. Chefs also churn out Italian classics, such as calzones, family-size pasta dishes, house-specialty ribs, and fried chicken. Lest anyone question the Italian origins of the latter two items, the pizzeria serves each with a buttery garlic breadstick.