The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Cut down on unfinished business with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a pizza meal at The Pizzeria in Durham (a $19 total value) that includes:
- One 18-inch New York–style hand-tossed pizza with one topping, or one 16-inch Grandma pizza with cheese (a $16 total value)
- A one-liter bottle of soda or two 20oz bottles (a $3 value)
The Pizzeria dishes a menu of thin crust, hand-tossed pies in a loft-chic atmosphere adorned with exposed brick walls and spherical chandeliers. Chefs toss New York–style crust until it's thin and tender before layering it with a favorite topping such as mushrooms, pepperoni, or gourmet adornments including eggplant or silk neckerchiefs. Alternatively, the trademark Grandma pie slathers twelve slices of pan pizza in fresh tomato-basil sauce with accents of garlic. While sipping soda, patrons can gaze at colorful paintings and rustic exposed rafters inside or carry out their feasts for at-home enjoyment. Groups can also opt to take in the breezes on the outdoor patio, where umbrella-topped tables and Italian-imported stars infuse dinner with continental charm.
604 at West Village
Towering brick walls reach up to the exposed wooden rafters and modern, spherical chandeliers hang from 604 at West Village's high ceilings. Beneath this rustic, yet refined decor, plates of contemporary Italian dishes travel to tables, loaded with locally sourced produce, wild boar from Broken Arrow Ranch, and housemade pastas. Every day, chefs incorporate new ingredients from the Durham Farmers' Market into their risotto and craft the pasta primavera exclusively from fresh, seasonal vegetables. During warmer months, the restaurant hosts live jazz performances on its outdoor patio, allowing diners to enjoy the music and eat with silverware made from smelted saxophones.
Sharing the location, but offering a more casual dining environment, The Pizzeria serves oven-crisped pies alongside a similar selection of refined entrees with locally sourced ingredients. Although the chefs are equally comfortable with tossing thin-crust, new york style pizzas by hand and sculpting thicker, sicilian-style pizzas, their signature creation is the Grandma pan pizza with garlic- and basil-spiked tomato sauce. Although The Pizzeria's dining room shares the same brick walls as 604 at West Village, it creates a more lounge-like feel by lining them with neon beer signs and vintage posters advertising low-definition TVs.