East Coast chefs won America’s pizza vote by doling out campaign buttons made of entire pies and winning over deep-dish lovers by broadcasting debates on 3-D TV. Elect a thin-crust meal with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get an Italian lunch for two or late-night fare for two at Rocco’s Tavern in Studio City (up to a $68.85 value). Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and late-night fare is served from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- The Italian lunch for two (up to a $68.85 total value) includes the following:
- One salad (up to a $14.95 value)
- Two sandwiches or one 18-inch pizza (up to a $33.90 value)
Two drinks (up to a $10 value each)<p>
- The late-night fare for two (up to a $56.95 total value) includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $16.95 value)
- Four drinks (up to a $10 value each)<p>
The food-child of three Staten Island–born friends, Rocco’s Tavern’s lengthy menu compiles the trio’s love of authentic thin-crust, New York–style pizza and East Coast Italian eats. Like prepping for a three-day operatic sing-off, patrons can dodge unhinged jaws by warming up with an appetizer of panko-breaded, corn-flake-crusted boneless chicken wings or a platter of deep-fried calamari fritti. Lunchtime guests can continue the nosh fest with a prime-rib-dip sandwich bookended by a french roll and smothered in au jus sauce. If diners’ rumbling bellies are singing the same hungry tune, they can turn to the doughy bites of a specialty pizza, such as the cream-sauce-and garlic-infused white pie, or sprinkle a personalized 18-inch disk with up to six comestibles from Rocco’s list of more than 15 ingredients, including meatballs, canadian bacon, and kalamata olives. With more than 18 beers on tap and a lengthy wine list, patrons can stunt the growth of throat cacti with delectable sips of fermented juices or a cocktail from the tavern’s fully stocked bar.
Sport games flicker across the 13 42-inch flat-screen TVs affixed to the tavern’s exposed-brick walls, illuminating the faces of diners perched at the wooden-topped bar or red vinyl booths. The tavern’s rustic Italian décor travels into the patio where black tables are backdropped by lush foliage, dangling lights, and an outdoor TV projector for matinee showings of Oscar-nominated infomercials. Rocco’s also serves up a lively lineup of weekly entertainment, including live acoustic cover bands on Thursdays and DJs spinning on Saturday nights.
12514 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, California 91604