What You'll Get
If you've never had authentic New York–style pizza, then what you think is pizza might in fact be a cunningly disguised pretzel. Today's Groupon clears up the confusion: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, pasta, and more at Tommy's Brick Oven Pizza on Southside Boulevard. This Groupon is valid for dine-in or takeout (takeout only on Fridays after 5 p.m.).
The family-owned-and-operated eatery features an extensive menu of boot-country delights, with a selection of New York–style pizza, pasta, subs, and calzones for lunch and dinner. All of Tommy's appetizers are made fresh to order, so start with an order of pesto-cheese ciabatta bread ($6.75) and savor the basil-enhanced flavor of the chewy bread before moving on to the main course. Tommy's New York–style pies employ freshly made sauce and a choice of regular hand-tossed crust or a gluten-free version for ease of travel through afflicted intestinal tunnels. Customize your personal nightly pie (from $8.50 for a 12-inch) by choosing from more than 25 toppings ($1–$2), or opt for one of the eatery's specialty creations, such as the blazin'-hot fra diavlo pie (from $13.99), a spicy mélange of hot cherry peppers, banana peppers, spicy Italian sausage, pepperoni, and a special "secret heat" (rumored to be the Santa Ana winds).
Tommy's gregarious, dough-flinging owner dazzles diners with dramatic displays of carb-catapultation in front of the house, so amateur cooks and the pie-curious can observe masters of their craft molding dough into discy delights.
- …it [the Quattro Stagione pizza] was downright delicious. Topping the pie was a nicely seasoned tomato sauce, artichokes, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and goat cheese. I ate almost the entire thing by myself. – Erica Burks, jacksonville.com
- As an appetizer, we had one of Tommy’s specialties; the unusual but astounding Strawberry and Tomato Salsa Foccacia. Along with goat cheese and the fresh-picked rosemary, it teased my taste buds and made me rethink what fruit can do before dessert. – Jon Bosworth and Donald Dusinberre, EU Jacksonville
- It's not just the incredibly thin crusts that get me all worked up about Tommy's Pizza, there's also the super fresh ingredients that still retain so much flavor, even after being cooked in the brick oven; try to get that delivered to your door. And don't wantonly discard the crust as you might do with any ordinary pizza. With a light slathering of garlic butter baked into the crispy bread, you're going to want to savor that little end piece. – Finding Florida
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in or takeout only. Valid for takeout only on Fridays after 5pm. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.