Italian-dining culture is designed to nurture connections with loved ones, from its hours-long multicourse meals to the traditional weaving of friendship bracelets from spaghetti. Reach out across piled-high plates with this Groupon.
$59 for a Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two (Up to $144 Value)
- Two appetizers (up to a $16 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $33 value)
- Two desserts (up to an $11 value)
- Two glasses of wine (up to a $12 value)
Guests start with appetizers such as the antipasto Toscano, a dish of prosciutto and sopressata with sliced parmigiano and burrata cheeses, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers. Afterward, they can savor the roasted lamb chop with asparagus and roasted vegetables or the chicken Milanese, pounded thin and topped with baby arugula, tomato, and buffalo mozzarella. Guests can finish their meal with a slice of traditional Italian cheesecake or a 20-layer thin crepe cake.
Born in Eastern Europe near the Italian border, executive chef Mario Curko has an innate rapport with Mediterranean flavors, one that he's honed throughout his four decades in the restaurant business. His menu for the occasional celeb hangout Destino stays true to homestyle southern Italian cuisine, although the restaurant's environs are far from rustic—a Renaissance-style ceiling mural looks down over minority owner Justin Timberlake's piano and quilted banquettes, wooing diners with its vibrant colors achieved by layers of garlic-scented oil paint.
Atop white tablecloths, appetizers such as sautéed mussels and housemade meatballs rest in simple, elegant preparations. Mussels, clams, shrimp, and fresh fish of the day all catch themselves in the frutti de mare's net, offering a hearty complement to turfy plates of new york strip steak.
Destino's wine list rambles from California whites through dozens of regional Italian reds. The dessert menu shines a spotlight on four flavors of housemade gelato, molten chocolate cake, and traditional tiramisu.
Go for Mario's meatballs, stay for the rest of the meal. You'll be glad you did.WhoFanMike, Zagat, 3/23/12
Great food and lovely ambience. The staff always take good care of us whenever we dine there which is often.liketoeat1057892, Zagat, 4/6/12
891 1st Ave.
New York, New York 10022