The best pizzas, like the worst Elvis impersonators, are cheesy, saucy, and often live in cardboard boxes. Sink your teeth into a doughy classic with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of pizzeria fare at Venezia's Pizzeria's Rio Rancho, San Mateo, and Juan Tabo locations.
At Venezia's Pizzeria, pie crafters transform doughy canvases into golden-brown masterpieces en route to a fully stocked menu of New York–style pizzas, calzones, and sub sandwiches. Diners can channel international zest with a slice of the Italian Stallion, which spotlights ground beef, sausage, bacon, and a thick Philadelphia accent ($14+). Barbecue-chicken pizzas ($11+) challenge toothy excavators to tunnel through grilled-chicken strata, and the gluten-free hawaiian pizza's hunks of pineapple and bacon ($11.15) imbue diners with a tropical reprieve sans licking dashboard hula dolls. To satisfy nonannular cravings, patrons can embrace the warm exterior of a philly cheesesteak hero ($6.75) or help a three-cheese calzone ($8) hone its diving skills by dipping the crunchy belly flopper into a side of homemade marinara sauce.
Aldo's NY Style Pizza by Venezia's Pizzeria
Maria Venturino moved from Italy to the United States in 1964, and her love of the old country shows in every dish she creates. She still makes her own marinara sauce the old-fashioned way—from scratch—in addition to whipping up homemade Italian staples such as lasagna, baked ziti, and meatballs that crown plates of spaghetti. Aldo's main dish, however, is pizza. Maria, along with her two sons and a bunch of elves in chef's hats, bake classic cheese and pepperoni pies, as well as specialty pizzas including artichoke hearts and minced garlic.