$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Food for Dinner at Antica Trattoria

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Chef Francesco Basile celebrates the cuisine of his native Italy with seasonal meals of seafood medleys, tender roasts, and flavorful sauces

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Expires Jun 26th, 2013. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Valid only for dinner menu. Not valid on holidays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The best sauces, like the best imaginary friends, are rich and from the Mediterranean. Dine alone or with Esmeralda the railroad tycoon with this Groupon.

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Dinner

The dinner menu spotlights a cozze e vongole featuring mussels and clams braised in garlic and served with leeks in a pinot grigio saffron sauce ($12) and saltimbocca, veal scaloppini topped with prosciutto in a sage and white wine sauce ($21).

Antica Trattoria

Owner and head chef Francesco Basile cut his culinary teeth as a young boy in his native Sicily, peeling potatoes and cleaning fish for traditional family feasts. After graduating from culinary school, Francesco broadened his skills and palate, mastering meals of hand-rolled pappardelle at Italian resorts and learning to craft mouthwatering feasts of Italian-American fare at bustling restaurants in southern California. By opening Antica Trattoria in 2001, he built a business dedicated to cooking with fresh ingredients and celebrating simple, traditional Italian dishes, enrapturing diners with meals of pepper-crusted pork loin, melted brie with figs jam, and seafood stews swimming in tomato-herb broth. Together with right-hand-cook Eric Ruiz, Francesco changes his menu with the seasons, delivering seafood plates tinged with the aroma of fresh herbs and fennel in the spring and walnut cream sauces and pumpkin ravioli in the autumn.

The restaurant exudes a rustic, timeless charm, with walls of bare brick decorated with tops of wooden wine crates and colorful murals of idyllic Italian countryscapes. A towering china hutch in the rear dining area evokes images of a grandmother's kitchen, and an elegant marble-topped wine bar brings forth memories of a grandmother's secret speakeasy, inviting diners to sample tasty digestifs of fine vino from across Italy, France, and the Pacific coast.

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