The best pizzas, like the worst Elvis impersonators, are cheesy, saucy, and often live in cardboard boxes. Sink your teeth into a doughy classic with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of pizza, subs, and pasta at Pizza Bella.
The doughsmiths at Pizza Bella toss together a menu of savory pies and pizzeria classics. A 12-inch deluxe pizza crushes its New-York-style ($14.99) or Sicilian-style ($16.25) crust under a horde of traditional toppings such as pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and black olives. When more fanciful fare is in order, chefs pair tangy barbecue sauce, creamy mozzarella and ricotta, and lustrous chicken to create a 12-inch BBQ chicken pizza ($13.95). Meatball parmesan subs burst with 10 inches of well-sauced protein spheres ($5.50), and forkfuls of the mediterranean pasta ($10.50) deftly balance chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and olive branches atop their tines. Pizza Bella's dining room floods fields of vision with its Tuscan landscape mural, which spans multiple walls and commemorates the first pizza ever tossed into orbit.
Amid scenic murals of rolling countryside pastures, diners peruse a menu chock full of Italian favorites, including pastas and four different styles of pizza. Behind the scenes, cooks infuse chicken piccata with garlic, capers, and hints of lemon and load philly steak sandwiches with onion and mushrooms. On the pizza side, they layer New York–style meat-lover pies with five types of meat and speckle gourmet creations with everything from steak to barbecue chicken.
9210 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32257