When a chef preps pizza dough in-house, the mixture is twice as likely to rise, thrice as likely to turn gold, and four times as likely to fall into a smiling set of chompers. Feast on fresh dough with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, flatbread piadines, and pasta at Tomatina in San Rafael.
Tomatina's chefs rotate their menu three times a year to include the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Diners can size up appetites with starters such as parmesan-crusted polenta ($6.75) before sinking teeth into more substantial fare on the extensive menu. The culinary wizards ensure freshness and quality by making sauces and dough from scratch and interviewing every tomato before baking an array of specialty pies, including the thin-crusted Pizza Vineyard with oven-roasted seedless red grapes, baby arugula, and gorgonzola ($17 for a large). Similarly, the restaurant's signature piadine dishes cover warm flatbread with cool salads and a bevy of toppings including steak ($10.95), salmon ($11.50), and hummus ($9.95), all of which can be easily imbibed via fork or face-planting.
Tomatina cultivates a fun, family-friendly atmosphere by drawing inspiration from the annual la Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain. Lively and interactive, the inspirational festival includes hours-long tomato fights designed to unite the community and decide the next starting pitcher for Spain's Olympic baseball team.