Pizza and sports have always gone together, like rock and roll, yin and yang, and bald-eagle hatchlings and William Howard Taft's toupee. Reacquaint yourself with a dazzling duet with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pizza and more at Village Inn Pizzeria, with locations in Skokie and Glenview.
The staff at Village Inn Pizzeria dishes up pizza and classic bar fare in a relaxed, family-friendly setting. Pull up a stool by one of the bar's televisions and order up a shareable starter such as crispy onion rings, available by the foot ($4.50 for half foot, $8.50 for whole foot) to facilitate Lady and the Tramp –style smooches or create edible lassos. Pie-philes savor freshly made pizzas such as the Village Inn special, a cheesy wheel of mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and sausage on thin, pan, or stuffed ($20 for a large). Investigate the bun-bookended possibilities of the vast burger menu, including such combos as the Rocky Mountain, a half-pound patty layered with ham, mozzarella, cheddar, tomato, scallions, and barbecue sauce ($9.50). House-specialty entrees such as grilled or Cajun prime rib ($17.95) and Mama's meatloaf ($10.50) excavate carnivorous reflexes from the primordial palate, letting guests dig in with forks, knives, or vestigial tusks.
Pool players can bet a delectable dessert, such as a Reese's peanut-butter pie ($4.95), to make a game a little more interesting, or put the plate on the felt to make it considerably more interesting. At the Skokie eatery, a number of flat-screen TVs preclude visual boredom, and padded seats keep posteriors comfortably attached to sitting devices.