Italy is a land full of interesting shapes, from its boot-shaped geographic borders to its pastas formed to look like bow ties and three-piece suits. Show appreciation for this multifaceted country with today's Groupon to Cuzzin's Café in Des Plaines. Choose between the following options:
For $29, you get an Italian dinner for two (up to a $59.70 total value) that includes:
- One appetizer (up to an $11.95 value)
- Two cups of soup or two side salads (up to a $3.95 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $16.95 value each)
- One dessert (a $5.95 value)
For $56, you get an Italian dinner for four (up to a $119.40 total value) that includes:
- Two appetizers (up to an $11.95 value each)
- Four cups of soup or four side salads (up to a $3.95 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $16.95 value each)
- Two desserts (a $5.95 value each)
Customers may apply the value of each item toward a pricier option.
Originally the culinary master behind Cuzzin’s Catering, the chef de cuisine at Cuzzin’s Café, Paula Dote, imbues more than 35 years of gastronomic experience into a menu of hearty Italian comfort fare. Dig through an appetizer of polenta marinara for crumbled sausage and gold doubloons, or sip the soup of the day to gently prepare incisors for a feast of grilled tilapia and fried romaine. A garlic-mushroom sauce cloaks lightly breaded pork-loin piemonte, and eggplant lasagna hosts a summit of dairy’s finest, including provolone, parmesan, and mozzarella. A sweet-tooth-satisfying slice of homemade ricotta cheesecake wraps up the feast more neatly than a ribbon tied by a perfectionist elf.
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Danny’s Cafe warmly serves what co-owner Carl Dote described as “Italian peasant food” on Danny’s Check, Please! feature. Their cooking aims to comfort, from generously stuffed artichokes to their signature fried-meatball sub. The hefty sandwich, highlighted on WGN, comes to fruition after staff members hand-form fresh meatball mix into patties and pile on fried peppers. Co-owner and chef Paula Dote told ABC’s “Hungry Hound” that when she and her husband bought the restaurant, she wanted to make exactly what she made at home, and indeed, she uses recipes from her mother and mother-in-law in all of her cooking and homemade volcano experiments. She ladles vodka sauce and crumbled sausage over homemade rigatoni, and layers provolone, parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta in the four-cheese lasagna. Pork neck bones, one of Danny's more unique dishes, are served twice a week and praised by Hungry Hound for the tender meatiness resulting from hours spent simmering in spiced tomatoes. The eatery has also spawned relatives—appropriately named “Cuzzin’s Cafe”—that serve similar dishes in Des Plaines and Orland Park.