Stomachs only growl when they’re hungry or preparing to bite the hand that keeps tickling them. Tame the beast within with today’s Groupon to The Pizzeria in Durham. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a three-course Italian meal for two (up to a $53 total value), which includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $10 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $17 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $9 value)
- For $42, you get a three-course Italian meal for four (up to a $106 total value), which includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $10 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $17 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $9 value each)
The Pizzeria’s dough-slinging doyens bake up a saucy menu of gourmet pies and hearty Italian favorites, served amid exposed-brick walls and chandeliers. Dining duos or quartets can begin with traditional bruschetta or a roasted-beet salad topped with local goat cheese. Or, peruse a selection of hot appetizers, including steamed mussels and fried calamari to warm up dinner conversation or liberate tongues from a frozen flagpole. Hearty entrees include the ravioli venezia, stuffed with lobster and cheese and doused in a sherry cream sauce, as well as veal or chicken piccata, interspersed with fresh herbs, capers, and artichoke hearts. The casual eatery also sizzles up three different styles of pizzas, allowing diners to debate the individual merits and seaworthiness of hand-tossed New York–style crust, Sicilian-style thick crust, or The Pizzeria’s trademark Grandma-style pan.
Desserts lend a sweet finish to the savory sauce-fest as dining companions politely share or play catch with dishes of chocolate-crusted coffee ice cream or slices of classic tiramisu. Rum-soaked apple cake cuts its spirit-infused richness with a scoop of creamy, vanilla-bean gelato, and white-chocolate crème brûlée arrives topped with assorted berries to lend a soft landing to spoons as they crack through its sugary crust.
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.
604 Fernway Ave.
Durham, North Carolina 27701