A cheese pizza is a blank canvas, just waiting to be decorated with pepperoni to symbolize life, onions to symbolize sorrow, and pineapple to symbolize fruit. Eat something meaningful with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery.
The pie architects at Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery utilize local ingredients to expand their pizza menu with breakfast and lunch options. Diners can still wedge open mouths with slices of classic and specialty pies, such as the 10-inch barbecue chicken ($17), the 14-inch veggie ($18), or the 18-inch cheese pizza ($17.95). Adding a new layer to pizza-shop feasting, sandwich bread cradles a variety of tasty toppings, including house-made meatballs in the meatball sub ($9.99) or barbecue sauce and slow-cooked brisket in the beef-brisket handheld ($9.99). Served before noon, slabs of stuffed french toast ($8.99) harbor seasonal fruit compote that quivers beneath a glob of Tahitian-vanilla-infused whipped cream and glistening streams of raspberry sauce. Tables prop up plates of deep-fried candy bars ($6) and glasses of pomegranate juice ($4) on the outdoor patio, and the indoor dining area entertains ocular orbs with TVs that beam compelling sports games or congressional thumb-wrestling tournaments.
The staff at the original location of Pleasure Pizza has spent more than 35 years perfecting their recipes, and they've passed the proverbial pizza torch to a new downtown Santa Cruz location. The restaurant also serves beer and wine along with sandwiches and salads, which chefs craft with an eye to locally sourced ingredients. And, of course, they have pizza—18 different kinds, each hand-crafted with homemade crust, daily.