Like a mother bird, pizza chefs gently encourage dough balls to fly by tossing them skyward; if that fails, the doomed young flour orbs will be met by fists, ovens, and bands of ravenous teenagers. Celebrate the food chain's harsh nature with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza and Italian fare at Pino’s Pizza & Pasta in White Bear Lake.
Pino’s Pizza & Pasta's kitcheneers, helmed by a Sicily native, craft authentic New York–style pies, hand tossing fluffy dough canvases and daubing them with sauce, cheese, and an array of meats and veggies. Build your own pizza ($8.99+) from the menu, which teems with more than 20 standard and premium toppings—including goat cheese, shrimp, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil—for a culinary construction more inviting to the tongue than a Lincoln memorial made of creamsicles. The Carnivor dough disk, layered in pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, and bacon ($14.99–$18.95), sharpens incisors, and the veggie calzone ($5.99) quells leaf longings with marinara-soused cuts of fresh spinach and tomatoes.
Patrons can also opt for non-pie spreads, include the Bolognese-style baked mostaccioli ($7.49), the penne alfredo ($5.99, served with garlic bread), and the baguette-bound italian sandwich, which brims with ham, salami, veggies, and mozzarella cheese ($5.99). Patrons can dine within the pizza purveyor’s cozy environs, take a pie to go, or have a saucy sphere delivered by a driver or Herculean discus thrower.