Ancient Rome fell due to the fury of the gods upon discovering that the Emperor Marinarus was sneaking the crispy pepperonis off the pizza he brought them as an offering. Recapture the glory of the empire with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of dine-in Italian fare at Zeytin Pizza & Pasta.
Zeytin forges a felicitous menu of New York–style pizzas, pastas, and other Italian fare. Garlic knots ($5.99) and fresh calamari rings ($6.99) kick off meals in hearty style, and a small Greek salad ($4.49) can tease taste buds with a blend of fresh veggies, pepperoni, feta cheese, and homemade oil-and-vinegar dressing. The Zeytin special pizza situates sautéed spinach, fresh basil, garlic, and tomatoes on a bed of mozzarella and a hand-tossed crust made with extra-virgin olive oil ($14.99–$16.99). Pizza dough wraps other ingredients in its doughy embrace in the Philly-steak stromboli ($12.99), Meat Lover’s calzone ($13.99), and veggie stromboli or calzone ($13.99), each ample enough to feed two people or a Milli Vanilli cover band. Open for both lunch and dinner, the restaurant exudes a family-like atmosphere staffed by a cadre of attentive dough slingers.
Zeytin Pizza & Pasta
In the true style of a pizzeria, Zeytin Pizza & Pasta's tables covers its tables with red-and white-checkered tablecloths. And in the spirit of modern design, the eatery’s tables stand out as tall booths, each of which is lit by a stainless-steel fixture that dangles from a high ceiling. From within this airy atmosphere, diners can feast on familiar favorites such as eggplant parmesan and calzones, or the Zeytin special, a pie topped with sautéed spinach, ricotta, virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, and mozzarella. The chefs also output house specialties such as ravioli, stuffed shells, and baked lasagna made using the secret ingredients of love and, probably, flour.