MISSION, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/13 -- (Family Features) Going out for pizza is a popular way to spend an evening -- but it can get expensive. With a few creative ideas like these, you can treat your dinner companions to your own pizzeria experience at home for a fraction of the cost.
Set the mood. Put a fresh, crisp tablecloth, utensils and napkins on the table. Add a pitcher of chilled water with lemon slices and perhaps your favorite bottle of wine. Decorate the table with a few lit candles to set the ambiance and add a bud vase with a fresh flower or two. Turn on your favorite music and your dining room is transformed into your own cozy pizzeria.
Create the menu. Start with a tossed salad with fresh veggies, grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and garlic croutons. Top the salad with your favorite Balsamic vinaigrette or salad dressing, or go online to find easy recipes for homemade versions. When it comes to the entrée, pizza is the staple of your menu, but you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen. With new pizzeria! from DIGIORNO®, you can enjoy an entirely new crust that is crispy on the outside, soft and airy on the inside and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. It's topped with a new, flavorful sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic and herbs -- then finished off with premium quality meats, cheeses and vegetables. These delicious pizzas feature only the highest quality ingredients, no artificial flavors and a preservative-free crust. In just more than 20 minutes, you'll enjoy the flavor of pizzeria-style pizza fresh baked right from your own oven. Find out more about new pizzeria! from DIGIORNO varieties and why you'll love it or it's free -- guaranteed, by visiting www.DIGIORNO.com.
Share the fun. Engage your guests by preparing a menu for each place setting, a photo place card or a small party favor, such as a specialty olive oil, potted herb or pizza cutter. For an entertaining twist, have everyone bring movie trivia questions to share and quiz each other during dinner.
Don't forget dessert. No pizzeria-themed evening is complete without an Italian dessert. Check your local grocery store for creamy gelato or decadent tiramisu. Another option is to dunk crunchy biscotti into Italian-roast coffee or hot chocolate for the perfect finish to the evening.
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