The tossing of pizza dough was popularized by the Harlem Globetrotters, who would spin pies with one hand while the other hilariously coated opponents' sneakers in olive oil. Savor freshly spun circles with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pizza, pasta, and more at Zazzo Pizzeria in Darien.
Zazzo Pizzeria's skilled dough twirlers ornament round crusts with 27 ingredients and serve up a slew of sandwiches, house-made pastas, and other authentic Italian specialties. After traversing the eatery's threshold, seize the nearest menu and scour the syllabus of starters for warm-up delectables, such as the fried mushrooms with ranch dressing ($4.45), before analyzing the eclectic list of pizza options. Carve your canines into a traditional thin crust ($9.05+), pan pizza ($14.70+), or stuffed crust ($15.29+), which you can customize with specialty toppings and by scribing your social security number in sauce. Zazzo's kitchen team also fires up the oven to bake specialty pies such as the 14-inch white pizza—a culinary roundhouse built with an olive-oil-and-garlic base and three cheesy stories of fresh ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella ($21.10)—and simmers potfuls of pasta specialties such as the homemade meat lasagna ($7.65) and gnocchi ($7.45). Thirteen sandwiches round out Zazzo's cuisine roster, and diners can fill tiramisu-sized spaces in their stomachs with tiramisu ($4.49) or by fashioning cannoli into tiramisu-shaped cannoli ($2.10).
Owner Dominic Barraco has been flipping pies and crafting Italian cuisine alongside his family for more than 30 years. Today he relies on culinary traditions passed down by his grandparents as well as modern techniques to populate a carry-out and delivery menu with thin-crust, deep-dish, Sicilian-style, and stuffed pizzas as well as more than 15 sandwiches, such as the fillet of fish. His pasta dishes include classics such as lasagna and gnocchi, and ribs, wings, and roasted chicken round out the hearty edibles.