Getting out of the house for a meal gives couples a respite from demanding kids and argumentative garbage disposals. Resurrect date night with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of casual Italian fare at Pepperoni's Cafe.
Chefs clamp freshly baked bread around panini cores and piece together specialty pizzas, pasta dishes, and Italian fare at Pepperoni's Café. Cheeks expand like the billowing sails of a spaceship as the Super Vegetarian Panini packs mouths to capacity with mushrooms, onions, peppers, and olives drizzled with cheese and a signature marinara ($8.99). Crawfish, crab, and veggies laced with lemon dill cream sauce tumble across linguini in a specialty seafood pasta dish ($11.95). Culinary artists pensively sprinkle twelve toppings, including Italian sausage, ground beef, anchovies, jalapenos, and veggies, across unsuspecting human muses or the Masterpiece pizza ($14.99 for 12", $17.99 for 16"). Patrons can tilt back freshly squeezed lemonade ($2.25) on chairs on the sidewalk, or imbibe indoors atop cozy wooden tables drenched in a soft, sunny glow.
Though the chefs at Pepperoni's Cafe specialize in authentic Italian cuisine, many of their dishes are peppered with local New Orleans touches. Their seafood pasta, for instance, features flavorful crawfish and crab, and one of their hand-tossed pizzas is speckled with gulf shrimp. The chefs also whip up a classic New Orleans muffuletta sandwich with cotto salami, ham, and olives. As they bustle about their kitchen, stirring pasta dishes and slicing up panini, their oven bakes housemade bread, muffins, and chocolate cake. Meanwhile, their diners split pizza pies in the airy dining room, or dine alfresco on the outside seating area.