Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and more at Papa's Restaurant and Deli, located in the heart of the Victory neighborhood.
Unlike its bitter, tries-too-hard competitor, Weekend Papa's, Papa's is a family-oriented hot spot serving up an extensive menu of Italian American delights, including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, hoagies, burgers, soup, salads, desserts, and sides. Collect your kin to share Papa's special Deluxe Pizza (sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green pepper), Vegetarian Pizza (black and green olives, green pepper, onions, and mushrooms), or Ann Kaari Pizza (chicken, bacon, and spinach with garlic butter) (specialty pies are $15.79 for a 12-inch medium). You can also go mad scientist and bring your own hand-tossed Frankenpizza to life by selecting from Papa's long list of fresh toppings (starting at $9.79 for a 10-inch small). The New Jersey–style Italian Hoagie is a restaurant favorite (layered with ham, capicola, Genoa salami, and provolone, and garnished with lettuce, tomato, and onion, $9.99), as is the savory lasagna (layered with meat, cheese, and lasagna noodles, $11.99). For lighter but fulfilling fare, opt for a large chef salad topped with ham, turkey, and provolone cheese ($7.79). At the end of your meal, treat your palate to a proper cleansing with a rich, creamy scoop of Italian gelato ($3.59), or sugar-scrub your gums with a cannoli siciliano ($3.99).
In addition to delicious lunch and dinner fare, Papa's serves up a full menu of breakfast bites. Wine and beers from around the globe, meanwhile, let you get cozy and cultured with a date as you sip an Ecco Domani Chianti ($6.75 for a glass) and admire the restaurant's in-house art gallery. The artwork is always rotating, particularly if you drink too much Bella Sera Pinot Noir ($21.50). On a warm summer night, amass some amici and enjoy some frothy caffeinated brews ($3.60–$5.75) out on Papa's patio, where the view is tailor made for people watching, fleeing-people watching, zombie watching, and finally, zombie fleeing.
Reservations are recommended for groups of five or more. This Groupon is not valid for happy hour or prix-fixe Sunday Supper meals.
- A good cheesesteak discovered in Minneapolis. Who’d a thunk it? If I was an expat East coast dude, or just a guy who just fell in love with cheesesteaks, I would assemble all my friends for a dinner at Papa’s of cheesesteaks, East Coast Tomato Pie, and beer. – Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly
- This is authentic East Coast Italian-American - just like in New Jersey - there is even a little tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack on the walls. A full lineup of hoagies and sandwiches is also available, plus a decent low-end wine list. – Jeremy Iggers, Secrets of the City
- Mick’s East Coast Tomato Pie was fabulous. The sauce is made with crushed tomatoes and no tomato puree so it carries a very fresh flavor. – Vegetarian Perspective