Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon for Italian cuisine at Dante Ristorante in Great Falls, Virginia. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine during dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine during lunch.
Within the upscale interior of Dante Ristorante, patrons’ palates explore expansive menus that highlight classics and delicacies from northern Italy. Dinner diners can dive into hearty main courses including provolone-topped chicken breast accompanied by pesto ($25) and veal topped with crab meat a red-wine sauce ($26). Baked lasagna ($18) and homemade veal- and spinach-stuffed ravioli ($18) calm the nerves of noodle addicts. Those who opt to pop in for a midday meal can commence lunch by marching vegetarian risotto ($10) and sautéed salmon ($14) into their oral cavities or into face-facing catapults.
Located inside Leigh House, a Victorian mansion built in 1880, Dante Ristorante fosters a homey atmosphere with friendly service and antique furnishings. Beneath high ceilings festooned with brass chandeliers, chef and owner Giuseppe Di Benigno mingles with his guests, discussing his herb- and vegetable-gardening techniques and sharing recipes from his hometown in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Meanwhile, waiters pile white tablecloths with house-made pastas, salmon topped with prosciutto, and Giuseppe's signature seafood soup brimming with scallops, mussels, calamari, and clams.
Chef Di Benigno was drawn to the Leigh House not only for its architecture, but its eclectic past: the mansion has served as everything from a dairy-farm headquarters to a hospital during its 130-year history. A 10-month renovation transformed it into a modern restaurant space with cozy dining areas, classic artwork, and natural lighting. Outside, a fountain gurgles on a patio lined with tables topped with umbrellas and patrons practicing their Mary Poppins impressions.: