Choosing pizza toppings is a lot like being married: if there is an irreconcilable disagreement, both parties take half. Grab a piece of the pie with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza and pasta at West End Pizza Company in Fredericksburg.
Owned by two sisters and their husbands, West End Pizza Company kneads made-from-scratch dough and simmers secret sauces daily to craft an ever-fresh menu of homemade brick-oven pizzas and pastas. Signature pies include the barbecue chicken, which lassos the flavor of summer cookouts with barbecue sauce, red onion, and fresh cilantro ($20 for a large), and the West End, which sprinkles purple onions, black olives, and mushrooms upon a perfectly harmonized barbershop quartet of meats ($24 for a large). Patrons who prefer to build their own pizza ($15 for a large) slather sauces and toppings ($1.50 each) onto a light, hand-tossed Monopoly board, developing such properties as roma tomato railroads, alfredo avenues, jalapeño houses, and ritzy artichoke-heart hotels. Escorted by salad and garlic-knot groupies, the chicken or eggplant parmesan ($14), stuffed cheese ravioli ($13–$15), and lasagna ($14–$16) comprise the pasta VIP section—which, like the U.S. Chess Championship, garners the attention of ruthless paparazzi.
With booths and tables accommodating assemblies of all sizes, the indoor dining room showcases a gallery of local artwork and airs sports games on big-screen TVs. Outdoorsmen and women opt for seating on the roof-covered patio, where they are serenaded by live musicians and multitalented birds of prey on weekends, while amateur athletes hit the game room's faux rinks and links, facing off at air hockey and Golden Tee.