Rome became the greatest city in the world after covering all its shopping malls and mega movie complexes with heaps of crumbling rocks. Taste the greatness of Italia with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine at Taste of Italy in Woodstock.
Taste of Italy's classic menu transports taste buds to the Old World atop discuses of pizza, trains of pasta, and calzone boomerangs. Fried calamari ($5.95) brings crispness to tender tentacled cephalopods and makes for a good appetizer to share with family and friends. Tackle the square thickness of a Sicilian-style pizza ($13.75) or the baked thinness of a large New York-style pizza ($11.75), and choose from an ample variety of tasty toppings ($1.10–$1.50 each) to give the pie a personal touch. To awaken sleeping teeth, try a stromboli or calzone ($7.25–$12.95), which smuggle pizza flavors in doughy sleeping bags. Mollify touchy taste buds with a chef's specialty such as the gnocchi bolognese ($8.95), or enjoy the italian sausage with homemade marinara ($8.95), with a choice of spaghetti, penne, or macaroni shaped like Thomas Aquinas.
Taste of Italy Pizza
The of Taste of Italy's legacy began 25 years ago, when proprietor Giancarlo "JC" Schiano Di Cola began to study the culinary traditions of his family in his native Napoli. At age 13, he moved stateside, where he learned under the watchful eye of his father, Giovanni, who once worked in the kitchens of the Brooklyn restaurant circuit, including his own restaurant. After proving his skill through 20 years of cooking experience and successfully untying a Gordian knot of spaghetti noodles, JC opened the first Taste of Italy Pizza location in August 2004, with a second location in Canton coming seven years late.
With the use of his father's classic New York recipes, the Canton location blossomed into a bastion of old world culinary tradition. He now feeds the hungry masses at both locations with mouth-watering New York– and Sicilian-style pizzas, as well as traditional Italian pasta dishes. Plates of homemade lasagna, hearty gnocchi bolognese, and creamy tortellini alla panna share table space with fresh caprese and antipasto. In the kitchen, vats of from-scratch marinara sauce simmer on the burners while the dining room hums with a jovial buzz of casual dining. In addition to treating visitors to meals of authentic Italian and familiar American cuisine, Taste of Italy provisions banquets and celebrations with bountiful catered trays of salad and pasta as well as special meals for any occasion.