Anyone who’s tried nailing an oven-fresh pizza pie to a wall knows that pizza looks better briefly propped on a five-finger pedestal. Today’s Groupon to Piola puts pizza back where it performs best. Choose between the Raleigh and Chapel Hill locations, then between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and soft drinks.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of Italian fare and soft drinks for parties of four or more.
Piola cures harrowing hunger pangs with a menu that features more than 50 different kinds of brick-oven-baked pizza alongside entrees, salads, desserts, and drinks. Support the crusade against pasta with antipasti delights such as bruschetta, which accompanies home-baked bread with an entourage of fresh tomatoes and basil ($5), or enlist the slightly spicy Le Vignole, which occupies unincorporated plates with mini shells, installs them with a triumvirate of vegetables, chicken, and chili peppers, and furnishes diners with pamphlets about national table etiquette ($8). Snag a slice of Piola's pizza creations, such as the San Daniele, with parma ham, tomato sauce, and mozzarella ($12). Or sample the flavors of the ocean without raiding a mermaid's pantry by diving into entrees such as the tonno tagliato, a pan-seared tuna steak served with oven-roasted potatoes ($15). Meanwhile, post-meal cool-downs start with delightful desserts such as the dolce compagnia, which blends together mascarpone cream, chocolate, and biscuits ($6.50).
What started as a Northern Italian pizza restaurant with an eye for simplicity is now a company whose pizzerias can be found on several continents. But what makes Piola pizza stand out in a world where pizza is practically everyone's favorite food? Established in Treviso, Italy in 1986, its authentic Northern Italian thin-crust pizzas are laden with fresh dough, sauces, and veggies and fired in a scaldingly hot brick oven. The North Hills location alone has a menu that brims with more than 40 combinations, none of which rely on ingredient overload to taste vibrant.
Specialties include the aptly-named Italia with ricotta cheese, as well as more modern pizzas such as the Carne and Compagnia with ham, sausage, spicy salami, and oven-roasted pulled chicken. Thicker, Neapolitan-style pizza has a place too, with creations like the Pompei and its spicy salami kick. The pizzas are the main event here, but there's more to the space too: the eatery is also known for its artistic bent, featuring film screenings, book events, and art exhibitions that showcase more than just Picasso's famed cubist pizza phase.