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. Put pizza where it performs best with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a pizza dinner and wine for two at Pizza Nea (up to a $50.35 total value with tax). The dinner includes:
- Any two Neapolitan pizzas (up to a $15.50 each).
- Two glasses of wine (up to an $8 value each).<p>
Choose from the following days for usage and expiration:
- Any Friday or Saturday through October 31, 2011.
- Any Friday or Saturday through December 29, 2011.
- Any Friday or Saturday through February 28, 2012.
- Any day Sunday–Thursday through March 31, 2012.<p>
Pizza Nea’s sauce slingers toss out a menu of more than 20 red and white Neapolitan pies created with homemade dough and many locally sourced ingredients that helped garner City Pages’ award for Best Gourmet Pizza in 2007. To form pies fit for firing in a brick oven, sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil mingle with san marzano tomatoes, famous for their role in delectable sauces and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Dining duos chat amid exposed brick walls, hanging art, wooden flooring, and cozy lighting as they munch on italian sausage–laden slices of a salsicce pie or the fresh mozzarella of a classic margherita. Goat cheese and artichokes enliven the Caprino e Treccione pie, which pairs well with a Californian merlot’s soft tannins or a Chilean carmenere’s spicy cedar undertones. White wines such as a pinot grigio from Gran Sasso give tipplers a dry, light alternative, and the chardonnay from Bodega Budini has gentle oak notes that leave taste buds as refreshed and relaxed as Al Green after a bubble bath.
Inside exposed-brick walls covered with paintings from local artists, chefs at Pizza Nea craft their own artworks by piling toppings on Neapolitan-style pies. The salsicce gets crowned with san marzano tomatoes, roasted red pepper, and spicy italian sausage, and eggs are cracked over the white con uovo. Made with local ingredients when possible, the pies are baked in a wood-fired stone oven whose flames cast an orange glow, much like bonfire of Dear Santa letters the post office burns after Christmas. Diners recline indoors in bright red chairs, or venture to the outdoor patio to clink glasses of wine or pints filled with a selection of 12 domestic, craft, and imported beers.