Thick pizza crust provides the base for heaps of tasty ingredients, just as mistaken identity provides the basis of most Three Stooges narratives. Bite into an edible foundation with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of pizza and sandwiches at Wa-Pa-Ghetti's Pizza, with locations in Wheeling and Mundelein.
Wa-Pa-Ghetti's Pizza devotees diligently craft every order by hand, using freshly kneaded dough, homemade pizza sauce, and a double layer of gooey cheese to make each pie on their menu. Wa-Pa-Ghetti's original pizza ($9.50+) employs a frame of brown crust to display culinary collages made from a choice of up to 25 toppings, including pepperoni, mushrooms, and fresh zucchini. Brawny pizza chefs heft massive globes of dough to create extra-thick Sicilian-style pizzas ($12+) stuffed with sauce, cheese, and a choice of ingredients. Customers can update any classic pizza by swapping regular crust for whole-wheat crust, pizza sauce for barbecue or alfredo sauce, or toppings for a color photocopy of the Italian flag. Hands-on eaters delicately clutch a meatball sandwich ($5.20) dripping crimson droplets of spaghetti sauce or nibble morsels from an italian sub (6", $4.60; 12", $6.60) cuddling layers of spicy italian meats and mozzarella cheese in its soft, bready embrace.
The slice-savvy staff at Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza slather sauce made with vine ripened tomatoes atop the handcrafted crusts of thin, thick, and stuffed pies. More than 20 toppings mingle on pizzas, which are always made to order and emerge from ovens about half an hour after diners send orders via carrier kites into the kitchen. Chefs also assemble 15 kinds of sandwiches and a host of American fare to round out the menu. Barbecued ribs and chicken are slathered with the house sauce, and baked potatoes come adorned with edible topping toupees in combinations inspired by Italian and Mexican cuisines or loaded with a custom combination.