Spinning a counterfeit pizza in front of a crowd is the easiest way for a charlatan to distract onlookers from guarding their wallets or filling out their census forms. Nix the phonies in favor of the real thing with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, drinks, and more at Stashs Restaurant and Guido’s Pizzeria Napoletana in Highland Park.
Seekers of authentic Italian foodstuffs will find their fixes at Stashs, a 43-year-old Highland Park mainstay known for its varied menu filled with tasty fries, gourmet sandwiches ($9.99–14.99), baby-back ribs, and more. Guido’s, a pizza and pasta bar inside Stashs’s protective biosphere, pairs freshly cut, customizable pasta dishes soaked in homemade sauces with flavor-packed dough disks cooked in a traditional brick oven. Intercept a mozzarella-strewn margherita pie ($9.99) right as it leaves its peel, or juggle a plate of beef ribs ($14.99–18.99) while balancing Guido’s own mozzarella, spinach, and red-pepper aoli sandwich ($9.99) on your favorite nostril. A bright, open space accented with lustrous wood floors and colorful chairs, Stashs sets the mood for romantic comedy reenactments or spaghetti western after parties.
Yelpers give Stashs Restaurant and Guido's Pizzaria Napoletana an average of 3.5 stars: